Good Food Month
Alicia Moo | On 30, Jun 2014
We have all made it! Itâ€™s just over half way through the year so why not treat yourselves to food, food and more food. Say hello to Brisbaneâ€™s inaugural Good Food Month!
July 2014 is going to be a foodieâ€™s ultimate fantasy with chefs popping up everywhere, markets awash with noodles and spoonfuls of deliciousness at every corner. Australiaâ€™s largest food festival has finally made itsâ€™ way up to our great little city and it is here to celebrate everything culinary from fine-dining experiences to free and family-friendly festivals.
There are over 150 events on offer including some free front runners such as The Night Noodle Markets to be held at South Bankâ€™s Cultural Forecourt July 17 to 27. With up to 25 food stalls, bars and entertainment, this street-food style market will present an authentic Asian hawker market affair perfect for all ages.
Several of Brisbaneâ€™s best cafes, such as Alfred & Constance, Shucked, Au Cirque and Chow House are participating in â€˜Breakfast Clubâ€™.Â Â For $20 youÂ can getÂ a set menu plus tea /coffee. And if you are looking for a different flavour at your most frequented hatted restaurants, check outÂ â€˜Hats offâ€™ dinners where our finest hatted chefs indulge in a few culinary fantasies for one night only as they throw out the usual menu for a little twist. For example at Public, chef Damon AmosÂ creates a Paleo-styleÂ five course caveman banquet complete with paleo friendly drinks. There’s something for everyone with ‘go green’ events, regional events and kids events.
A little overwhelmed? So was I. So I had a chat with Good Food Month Festival Manager Natascha Mirosch to find out more.
CD: This is the inaugural Good Food Month in Brisbane, what has been the reception in other States?
NM: Good Food Month has been running in Sydney for 15 years and is a much loved part of the foodie calendar. The inaugural Melbourne Good Food Month was huge last year- in particular the Night Noodle Markets, where it was expected there would be around 5000 people per night and around 30,000 turned up. Good Food Month works so well, because while itâ€™s a clichÃ©, there really is something for everyone.
CD: What is Good Food Month all about?
NM: Good Food Month is all about celebrating Queenslandâ€™s culinary scene. Not just our restaurants, but cafÃ© and bar culture as well as our wonderful local produce and talent.
CD: What kind of events are on offer?
NM: There are events from budget priced cooking classes, to luxe champagne and truffle dinners and everything in between. Some events, such as Breakfast Club, Bar Hop and Letâ€™s do Lunch are on all month, while others are one off special events.
CD: Who are the stall holders at the Night Noodle Markets?
NM: We have a fantastic mix of stallholders at the Night Noodle Markets. Theyâ€™ve all been handpicked by us so we know they will produce their individual specialities extremely well.
There are gyoza makers, noodles of course, dumplings, Asian spiced pig on a spit â€“ typical Asian street food favourites. We also have a couple of bars and a lantern garden where people can relax and enjoy their meals.
CD: Can you expand a little on the â€˜Hats Offâ€™ events?
NM: Hats Off gives Brisbaneâ€™s best restaurants who were awarded hats by the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide last year the opportunity to do something completely different from their regular menus. 85 Miskin Street, a modern Australian restaurant are doing contemporary Korean for example. Japanese restaurant Sake are doing northern Vietnamese. Itâ€™s great fun for chefs to be able to step out of the everyday and flex their culinary muscle a bit.
CD: What can people expect from Good Food Month?
NM: To put on weight and to have very full diaries! Itâ€™s not just about eating though; there are plenty of events that will make you stop and think; from sustainable dinners to food films, art and photography. Good Food Month offers the opportunity to discover new favourite places to eat and get together with friends and family to celebrate the food culture we have in Brisbane.
So go on, loosen those belts and taste your way through Brisbane!
What: Good Food Month
When: The whole month of July!
Where: numerous delicious Brisbane locations
Website: to book tickets and to download your guide go to http://brisbane.goodfoodmonth.com/