Canberra Good Food Month, presented by Citi, has announced its talent-filled programme for March 2018. International and home-grown chefs, esteemed restaurants and flavour-packed collaborations will further ignite Canberra’s thriving food scene over 31 days.
Here are some of our picks for the month:
Enlighten Night Noodle Markets, Reconciliation Place | 2-11 March | Free Entry | Dog friendly
The buzzing, atmospheric open-air Asian hawker market, with delicious food stalls will be back this year. Featuring: What The Pho, Grill’d & Spice, Kusina, KorBQ, Hoy Pinoy, Mr Bao, Waffleland, Twistto, Shallot Thai, Donburi Station, Sambal Kampung and Teppanyaki Noodles. More stallholders and menus to be announced soon.
The Pasta Battle presented by Brand’s Laira, Mezzalira | Saturday 3 March, 7pm | Tickets $85
The gloves will come off as Francesco Petrillo (Italian & Sons) and two other notable chefs soon to be announced will compete to prove who reigns supreme as they battle it out to serve up an indulgent dinner of the freshest pasta this side of Sicily. Each decadent course will be introduced by the defending Chef, and served with a matching glass of equally delicious vino from the Brand’s Laira wine portfolio.
Young Chefs Lunch presented by Citi, Aubergine | Sunday 4 March, 12.30pm | Tickets $150
Culinary heavyweight Ben Willis, Head Chef of the two-hatted restaurant Aubergine, will be lending his expertise to the latest alumni of talented chefs for Good Food Month’s Young Chefs Lunch presented by Citi. Willis and these culinary rising stars from restaurants Aubergine, Monster, XO, Eightysix & Temporada will prepare five courses, each dish served with a matching wine. Following the lunch, there will be an inspiring Q&A with Willis and the Young Chefs.
The Beautiful Dinner presented by James Squire, The Social Club | Friday 9 March, 7pm | Tickets $85
The Beautiful Dinner presented James Squire will be set amongst a sea of stunning florals at The Social Club, an architecturally designed space that melds elements of mid-century design with Palm Springs. Guests will enjoy a drink on arrival and heavenly canape, followed by a three-course shared dinner by acclaimed Chef James Viles. James Squire will match a carefully chosen beer to each delicious course, all while listening to the beats of the best DJ in town.
An Evening with Marco Pierre White, National Portrait Gallery | Sunday 11 March, 7pm | Tickets $290
Culinary great and the world’s first ever celebrity chef, Marco Pierre White, comes together with Head Chef Ben Willis of the two-hatted Aubergine restaurant for one night only at the National Portrait Gallery. Willis will recreate some of his favourite White recipes – with his very own twist. Chef Ben will introduce each course and explain the inspiration behind his 3 course menu. Each course will be paired with matching wines.
Friends of Good Food Month: 1-31 March across Canberra
Good Food Month invites their Canberra friends of culinary excellence to curate and host their own special and truly memorable occasions. Experiences include: A Champagne and Caviar Masterclass at The QT Lounge; A Fine Marriage of Seafood and Champagne at Capitol Bar and Grill; Chef’s Tasting Menu at Vincent Restaurant and The Ultimate Picnic Feast curated by Eat Canberra, held at a secret location.
To view the full programme & buy tickets, visit www.goodfoodmonth.com