Top 5 parties you need to know about at Good Food Month!

That’s right, our favourite annual foodie celebration is almost here and to say we are excited is an understatement! What’s even more exciting is that we’ve got exclusive insight into FIVE top secret events that you cannot miss – and we are sharing them with you FIRST before anyone else finds out!

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Rangers Valley bistecchina with roasted tomatoes and rocket at Otto Ristorante. Photo: Nikki To, Image via:

Hosted by Citi every July, the Brisbane Times Good Food Month brings together Queensland and Australia’s culinary best as part of an exciting list of dining experiences. You know how all of your favourite restaurants have 1 or 2 hats? This is the month they receive them.

Brisbane also gets treated to a series of fantastic events, some of which you may not yet be aware of… but that’s the point of this post (#keepreading)! Okay so you probably know about the mouth-watering favourite, Southbank’s Night Noodle Markets, which is promised to be better than ever in 2017. But what about the Young Chefs Lunch, the Hats Off Dinner (now ‘Hat Swap’) OR the Launch After Party (our personal favourite!)? It’s a guaranteed good time at these Featured Events.

But are these healthy options, you ask? Fear not, as we cannot forget the growing presence of superfoods, slow cooking, vego options and #sustainability that we see spread through our favourite menus. As Venessa Cowell, Director of Food events at Fairfax Media ​said: “Brisbane’s food scene consistently delights with a genuine sense of respect for ingredients and pleasure at creating inspiring dishes for food lovers.”

Food lovers? That’s us. And there is much room for moderation during Good Food Month (we just might increase our KX Pilates classes to make up for allllllllll that good food). Prepare yourselves for some pretty tempting events below!

FEATURE EVENTS (i.e. what you came here for)

Good Food Month Launch After Party (New event)

July 17, 2017; 7:30pm, Stokehouse Q ($50pp includes beverages and canapes)

It’s your chance to celebrate food in style! Join the afterparty of the Brisbane Times Good Food Month launch open to the public for the first time. Soak up the spectacular Brisbane atmosphere at Stokehouse Q with delicious food, music and fun!

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Hat Swap (New event)

July 27th, 2017; seating times 5:30pm or 8.30pm, ($165pp with matched wine)

The ultimate meeting of the minds. Join Melbourne’s Embla Head Chef Dave Verheul and Gerard’s Bistro Head Chef Ben Williamson who are coming to together for the first time as part of Brisbane Good Food Month for an exclusive collaboration dinner with matched wines.

Laneway! Streetfood! Music! presented by Beer the Beautiful Truth (New event)

Friday, July 28; 6pm, secret location ($50pp​ includes 4 beers* and 3 food items​)

What’s not to love about a laneway celebration of cold beers complimented with delicious street food created by Australia’s best chefs? A diverse menu will be on offer, served up in a secret location in the city for a truly unique event. At just $50 a ticket – which includes food, ice cold beer or cider* and live music – this event delivers unbeatable value. A must-do during Good Food Month.
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Brisbane’s Young Chefs Lunch

July 23; 12:30 – 2.30pm, ​ARIA ​($150pp with matched wine or beer)

It’s time to meet Brisbane’s next generation. The Young Chefs lunch is all about undiscovered talent, giving you a first hand look at the young guns who are going to be making big waves soon. Hosted at ARIA, you’ll enjoy an inspiring lunch under the guidance of head chef Ben Russell.

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Escape to Halcyon House (New event)

August 25; Halcyon House ($2,000 Package per couple, overnight stay)

Discover the stunning coastline of Northern NSW, with an all inclusive luxurious escape at Halcyon House. Luxury car transfers will have you arriving in style to enjoy welcome drinks by the pool, an exclusive dinner with Paper Daisy chef, Ben Devlin. Then wake up the next day with yoga followed by a champagne breakfast and finish the day with a bespoke cooking class designed around your favourite seasonal ingredients with a special guest chef.

The complete festival program is officially released today, May 4th.For more information on Good Food Month, go to​ or visit​ w​ 

p.s. Citi members get reserved tickets to Feature events and some pretty sweet compliments throughout the Month, so make sure you quote ‘CITIVIP’ at the time of purchase.

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