The Age Good Food Month 2016 (1-30 November) is nearly upon us in Melbourne. It’s time to dig out those stretchy pants and prepare your body for a month of ultimate indulgence. You can channel your spirit vegetable and go vegan, throwback to your younger years and play some beer pong, or put on your top hat and monocle and get fancy with legendary chefs.
Check out our top picks in The Plus Ones’ guide — and start booking your tickets before they sell out.
The Big Guns
Virgilio Martinez x Attica
The world’s number 4 meets the world’s number 33: Virgilio Martinez brings his Peruvian heavyweight Central to meet Ben Shewry’s renowned Attica. Australian native ingredients will meet some Peruvian natives like Amazonian cacao and aji amarilla in this clash of titans. At $395 per head, I may need to save up for this one.
Great Australian Road Trip
The degustation only greats at Lûmé will be taking us on a Great Australian Road Trip through eight courses of food and matched beverages. Touting theatrics, music, and interactivity, this sounds like a dining experience like no other. I think this is going to be the most delicious, multisensory road trip I’ve ever been on.
From The Vault
Stephanie Alexander, Tansy Good, Jacques Reymond, Anthony Lui, and Guy Grossi. Yalumba are bringing together these absolute legends for a once-in-a-lifetime event at From The Vault. Each chef will be presenting a course, paired with a glass of one of Yalumba’s museum collection wines. Be still my beating heart. Tickets for this event are sold out but I couldn’t not mention it. There’s still a chance to score a spot via the waitlist though. I know I’ve put my name down!
Dealer’s Choice at Gingerboy
Gingerboy is the hip, young, and fun cousin of the Melbourne dining scene. Chef Teage Ezard takes south-east Asian hawker food and puts an epicurean spin on it to create inspired, flavour packed dishes. Dealer’s Choice celebrates Gingerboy’s 10 year anniversary by bringing back some of their most popular dishes. For $110 per person you get 10 courses, a cocktail, and a copy of the Gingerboy cookbook.
Beer Pong x May Chow
Get your hot pants, sweat bands, and volley’s ready for a few rounds of boozy table tennis. Supernormal have teamed up with May Chow from Hong Kong’s Little Bao to bring us beer, snacks, and table tennis. Test your table tennis skills against Australian title holders whilst enjoying a bevvie and gourmet bites.
Camino de Tasmania at Movida
Movida Aqui presents a chef’s journey through Tasmanian farms, vineyards, distilleries, and waterways at Camino de Tasmania. We get the chance to take a metaphorical walk in Tasmania by sampling some of the emerald isle’s finest produce with a Movida flavour spin. Some of the culinary delights to expect include forest honey and hand-picked saffron.
An Evening by the Water
Put on your flippers and take your tastebuds on a swim through Victorian waterways. An evening by the water is all about showcasing Victorian seafood and wine at Albert Park’s iconic restaurant, The Point. The night will start with sampling caviar from the Yarra Valley and end with delicious morsels from the Bass Straits.
Ladies of Williamstown
Sorry gents, this one’s just for the fillies, the lassies, and the roses. Listen up ladies: if you can’t get to the Oak’s Day races, then head down to the Hellenic Hotel in Williamstown to celebrate the races Greek style. Hellenic Republic’s south-west branch is putting on a sharing feast for the Ladies of Williamstown. Oh, and did I mention the two hours of free-flowing sparkling?
Rooftop Long Lunch
South Central Social and Dining are putting on a lazy, relaxing Rooftop Long Lunch to celebrate good food month. The afternoon will start with cocktails and canapés, followed by a three course lunch with matching beer/wine. There isn’t much that’s better than lounging on a rooftop on a warm day being plied with good food and drink. Ahhhh, I can already feel my muscles relaxing.
No Bull: An All Vegan Affair
How can you tell if someone is vegan? Don’t worry, they’ll let you know. Someone has let Shane Delia know because Maha is converting to a vegan friendly mecca for No Bull: An All Vegan Affair. There’s sure to be plenty of fruit and veg on show during this five course, Middle Eastern inspired flavour journey. I would become vegan, but I’m too scared it may be a big missed steak.
Kaleidoscopic Cocktail Lab
Showcasing their mixology skills, The Noble Experiment are unleashing their kooky cocktail scientists for a night of cocktails and canapés. The Kaleidoscopic Cocktail Lab is sure to bring us some palate-challenging, mind twisting, and tastebud tantalizing cocktails and snacks.
There really is something for everyone during this year’s Good Food Month. I am salivating already in anticipation of one of my favourite months of the year. The full Melbourne event guide is out now. Don’t dilly dally with booking tickets though, the events can sell out pretty quickly.
Ashanie Perera is a foodaholic and avid eater. When she’s not dreaming about her next meal, she can be found running around the block to continue fitting into her current clothes. @thepursuitofchubbyness
Good Food Month 2016 runs 1 to 30 November across metropolitan and regional Victoria.
Many venues are accessible.