Australia’s largest food festival, Good Food Month is set to showcase the best in wining and dining across Sydney this October. The month will be full of flavour, fun and diversity with a little something for everyone. Packed with community festivals, markets, kids events and a selection of international cuisine, fine dining and pop-up eateries. Come and celebrate the best food, wine and beer of Sydney in your own backyard, with great events being cooked up all around the Inner West.
La Boheme, C’est magnifique
La Boheme has found a new home among the diverse restaurants of Glebe Point Rd and with their gutsy European food are fitting right in.
For those of us who spend most of our holidays eating, which if we’re being honest is all of us, dining at La Boheme is like taking a little trip through the sites of Europe. With food and beer from Germany, France, Belgium and Eastern Europe, you can experience all the culinary wonders of the region in one night!
Why not start in Eastern France with snails drizzled with almond and garlic butter sauce. Or if your French isn’t up to scratch you could dine in Germany with a large traditional pretzel with herbs and garlic butter. For mains try the confit leg of duck with sweet red cabbage and roasted baby potatoes or the crispy roasted pork knuckle served with sweet potato puree and warm baby beetroot.
For the brave only, try the meat lovers tasting platter, with crispy roasted pork knuckle, pork ribs and grilled lamb & rosemary sausage. If you have room, which to be completely honest you may not, opt for the homemade apple and walnut strudel served with whipped cream and ice cream for dessert.
You’ll no doubt be surprised to hear they also have a large selection of delicious vegetarian dishes, so there is quite literally something for everyone.
Also recommended is the large selection of European beers; have a crack at the Belgian fruit beer or wash it all down with an authentic Czech or German lager. If you’re not keen on beer, why not try the Hungarian pear brandy, which compliments the food nicely.
There’s also something to be said for the atmosphere. With two levels and an outdoor courtyard area, chandeliers and exposed brick walls, it’s like eating at a glamorous Czech bar.
The wait staff are friendly and the chefs are dedicated to creating an authentic European experience. It’s not the cheapest of restaurants, with mains ranging from $25-$30 dollars, but it’s certainly cheaper than a flight to Europe. If your budget is tight but you still want a taste of Europe La Boheme has a huge range of specials.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night receive 20 per cent off some of their bestsellers including pork knuckle, schnitzels, white wine mussels, roasted duck and more.
• La Boheme: Stonemason’s Cottage at 199 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. Phone/Fax: 9660 5639.
Good Pub Food Month
This October, each and every restaurant, café and diner across Sydney will be strapping on their oven mitts to bring you their most fancy and delectable dishes. But what about good, honest pub fare, you ask? Well here are a couple of traditional places that should be right up your alley…
PJ Gallagher’s Irish Pub
The PJ Gallagher’s line of Irish pubs dates back to the late 19th century and has gone on to become one of the most recognised Celtic pub chains in the city. Over October, both their Leichhardt and Enfield pubs will be striving to bring you a great family lunch – and one that doesn’t force you to dig too deep into your pockets.
Come to either of these establishments on any Sunday during Good Food Month and you will be treated to a roast of ginger-cured bacon loin, served with a hearty side of buttered cabbage and wholegrain mustard mash, all of it coated in an incredible honey glaze. This Irish-style lunch comes at $14 a head and includes a glass of local beer, house wine or soft drink for the youngsters.
Le Pub Balmain
If you are looking for something a little more romantic, but can’t pull yourself away from the allure of a bar, then Le Pub Balmain is a perfect in-between option. With a warm, wooden décor, yet stylish atmosphere, Le Pub can offer a romantic evening for any lovebird.
For Good Food Month, they will be offering their Le French Experience, intended especially for couples and available every day throughout October.
Costing $70 for a pair, you will be presented with two deliciously cooked Cape Grim beef tenderloins, served with spinach, maple-glazed carrots, pomme frites and béarnaise sauce on the side. This meal is then paired with a bottle of Le Chat pinot noir, a dark red that perfectly compliments the red meat and sweet sides.
• To make a booking for PJ Gallagher’s Enfield, call 9747 8196 or email email@example.com. For PJ Gallagher’s Leichhardt, call 9563220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For Le Pub Balmain, call 9555 5711 or email email@example.com.
Inner West Community festivals
Get to know your community, with the best Inner West community festivals this Good Food Month
Newtown’s Good Food Festival
12 restaurants, eateries and pubs, old and new, are set to gather at Newtown Square for an exhibition of Newtown’s finest culinary talent. Including the impossibly trendy Mary’s, from which you can expect delicious and naughty burgers, as well as fried chicken cooked in smoked paprika and ground celery seed. Miss Peaches is also on-board offering the best of their soul food, proving there’s no such thing as too much fried chicken. For something a bit fancy Russo and Russo will give you a taste of their constantly evolving menu or head to Bloodwood’s stall for some polenta chips and angus beef brisket. The other talent includes, gourmet pizza at Mad Pizza e Bar, Suzy Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher, The Animal from Newtown Hotel and Delhi ‘O’ Delhi. Also keep and eye out for appearances from our favourite pubs The Bank and The Coopers Hotel.
• October 12th at Newtown Square
All In The Name
Concord Carnivals “Paws n’ Claws, Tails n’ Scales” invites you to bring along your pet for some family friendly fun. The carnival will include great food stalls, merchandise, amusement rides as well as children’s craft activities. To continue on with the animal theme there will be dog fitness classes, a mini petting zoo, pony rides and a reptile enclosure. Bring along your cat, dog or lizard for a great day at Concord.
• October 12th in Greenlees park, Ian Parade, Concord.
Strathfield festival explores Asian flavours
With a focus on Asian cuisine this year, Strathfield’s annual festival is set to be spicier than ever. Head down to Strathfield Square this October 26th to experience the real flavour of Strathfield. The event will include live cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs and a walking tour to discover hidden dining gems and other local restaurants.
• October 26th on The Boulevarde, Strathfield.
Taste the best of Glebe with a bohemian food crawl
On October 7th head to Glebe Point Road for a bohemian food expedition. Start at Tommy’s Beer Cafe where you can devour buffalo cheeks, pork belly or Hungarian veal goulash, before heading to Aghora for a Greek inspired restaurant with tasty treats. The crawl will finish at Brixton Lounge where you can indulge in sticky date with caramel sauce. If you can’t make this one don’t panic, there’s a second event being held on October the 12th, starting at Little Drummer before making its way to La Boheme and a surprise dessert venue.
• Oct 7-21 on Glebe Pt Road. For bookings call: 9552 1546.