The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month presented by Citi starting today is full of surprises with raves, feral parties and secret picnics joining the line-up of Let’s Do Lunch, Hats Off Dinners and dining events running throughout October in Sydney and regional NSW.

Food enthusiasts should have their forks at the ready, as some of the world’s best chefs, cooks and bakers come to town including London-based artisan baker Dan Lepard, Lucky Peach Editor-in-Chief Chris Ying and Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar hosted by Singleton.

Sydney Good Food Month Creative Director, Myffy Rigby said: “This year has got to be one of the most exciting times to be involved in food. Our local talent is so diverse, so talented and so ready for any challenge we throw at them.  Let alone our visiting chefs who are doing everything from ramen raves to very special cookies.”

The popularity of the eclectic 2015 program is undeniable, with a plethora of events that sold out in just days including Sydney’s first Ramen Rave with US ramen master Ivan Orkin, a hands-on feral party at Young Henry’s, a Wild Picnic in the Southern Highlands and the famous Editor’s Dinner.

Tickets are still up for grabs at plenty of other exciting events including How I Eat, at the Art Gallery of NSW on October 25, which will be a dynamic discussion between Chris Ying, The Sydney Morning Herald chief critic Terry Durack and LA Times critic and Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Gold. Gold’s Sydney premiere screening of his documentary, City of Gold will take place after the discussion.

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For early birds and morning people, the appeal of Single Origin coffee and some of Sydney’s best brunch dishes from the likes of Pinbone, West Juliett and Ruby’s Diner will be too much to resist. All this will take place in a very special October 3 Best of the Brunch event at LuMi Bar & Dining.

Just a few steps from the Best of the Brunch event will be an extra special Pyrmont Growers’ Market which will run from 7am-12pm on October 3 with a free yoga session run by In Balance Yoga by Novotel Hotels to start off the day. Alongside more than 65 producer stalls, this month Mike and Gemma from Pinbone will be cooking live on the Market Chef Stage at 9am and 11am.

The popular Sweetfest ice cream van will also be popping up at Growers’ this Saturday with former Hartsyard pastry chef and layer cake boss Andy Bowden serving up free breakfast soft serve ice creams (subject to availability per event). Ice cream fans are encouraged to keep an eye on the Good Food Month social channels for where the retro Sweetfest ice cream van will be popping up next.

Tickets are also selling fast to the sumptuous new two-day Sweetfest (October 17-18) at aMBUSH Gallery, Central Park which will bring together the likes of Dan Lepard, baking sensation Katherine Sabbath, Andy Bowden, and Hobart’s Sweet Envy Alistair Wise. Stalls at Sweetfest include Brickfields, Sweetness the Patisserie, Mak Mak macarons, Flour and Stone, Chat Thai Sweets, Penny Fours and Brooklyn Hide.

The popularity of the Good Food Month line-up is undeniable with more than one million people expected to partake in the month-long program of more than 300 events. Coming up in just one week are the popular Night Noodle Markets. Held in Hyde Park from October 8-25 this year will deliver even more new and creative dishes with a record high of 50 stalls.

For a sixth year running, as the official charity partner for Sydney Good Food Month, OzHarvest will be running a series of KitchenTable dinners with surprise chefs including the likes of Guillaume Brahimi (Guillaume), Rob Cockerill (Bennelong), Phil Wood (Rockpool) and more, with the sale of each ticket allowing OzHarvest to deliver 400 meals to vulnerable Australians.

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Citi Australia, for its eighth year in a row is proudly presenting the Good Food Month program.

Citi Australia Managing Director of Customer Franchise, Linda Duncombe said: “Citi is delighted to be the presenting partner of The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month and as always, we are so excited to be part of such a standout culinary event.

“Importantly, the Good Food Month initiative is complementary to our Dining Program and we are thrilled to offer Citi customers a range of exclusive benefits including access to the ever-popular Citi VIP area in the Night Noodle Markets.

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“Our partnership with Good Food Month allows us to not only reward our customers with such an innovative program but it also continues to build on Citi’s support of the Australian food and wine industry, which remains a priority for Citi.”

Sydneysiders and visitors are encouraged to #jointhefeast on social media by posting photos on Instagram of their best feast. The photos can be of a baking extravaganza, a picnic, a dinner party at home, a Good Food Month event or anything in between. Winning photos shared using the #jointhefeast hashtag will be picked by the Good Food Month team with the winners taking home double passes to a Sydney Good Food Month event*.

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If the Good Food Month program has set off your tastebuds, then download a copy of the 2016 The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide via The Sydney Morning Herald online store at http://www.smhshop.com.au/.

For all the information on Sydney Good Food Month and to sign up to Foodie News, visit goodfoodmonth.com.

Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @goodfoodmonth and join the conversation using #goodfoodmonth and #jointhefeast.

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