Brisbane Good Food Month presented by Citi returns this July

Tickets now on sale.

Good Food Month presented by Citi returns to Brisbane this July, bringing together some of Australia’s biggest names for a celebration of the senses. Shining a light on home-grown talent, exceptional produce and the power of culinary collaborations for the eighth year running, Good Food Month goes on sale 9am, Thursday, 27 May, at

Queensland’s own Alanna Sapwell brings her pop-up restaurant Esmay back to Brisbane after touring around the country; Ben Williamson’s fire-fuelled Agnes will be welcoming Melbourne’s own master of fire, Dave Verheul of hatted Embla into the kitchen for the perfect fiery feast; Louis Tikaram is set to mentor some of the region’s brightest up-and-coming chefs as they put on a fine four-course lunch at Howard Smith Wharves; Shane Delia joins forces with fellow hatted chef Adam Wolfers at Gerard’s Bistro for an inspiring Middle Eastern feast; and Shannon Martinez will pay tribute to the vibrant Tel Aviv dining scene with a tantalising plant-based menu at Za Za Ta Bar & Kitchen.

The Friends of Good Food Month event series also returns with a programme of inspiring dining experiences throughout July from long lunches to curated wine menus and indulgent degustations showcasing the best of Queensland produce.

Venessa Cowell, Head of Nine Food Events said: “More than ever before, the importance of supporting the Brisbane hospitality and dining industry is at the front and centre of our minds. This year, not just throughout the month of July, but at every opportunity, in any way we can, together let’s throw our support behind the venues that we love in Brisbane”.

Presenting Partner Citi is offering their customers a 20% discount on feature event tickets when customers pay with a Citi card. T&Cs apply.

Samantha Elliott, Head of Digital Sales and Marketing at Citi said “Citi customers love to dine out, and with travel being difficult at the moment it’s the perfect excuse to explore the culinary adventures available in your local city. Good Food Month will provide the perfect reason to try that new restaurant or head to one of the excellent events we have on offer, including the Young Chefs Dinner presented by Citi which spotlights new industry talent”.

After a hiatus in 2020, the Brisbane Night Noodle Markets will also make their return in 2021, with further details to be announced soon.

WIN an exclusive VIP experience, courtesy of Major Partner, Celebrity Cruises
For the first time in Brisbane, Celebrity Cruises will be upgrading four lucky Good Food Month ticket holders to a taste of VIP luxury at one of the Good Food Month feature events! Guests can expect a surprise and delight experience with an upgraded table, unrivalled service, exclusive food and beverage inclusions and chef experiences, and much more.

As a proud partner of Brisbane Good Food Month this year, Celebrity Cruises will be sharing what sets the luxurious Celebrity experience apart from the rest, making them the most revered culinary offering at sea. From Michelin-star chef menus, inspired by, and locally sourced from the amazing regions they visit, to the most awarded wine list at sea – served by the largest on board sommelier team in the world – and the values of diversity, inclusion, sustainability, and outstanding service that underpin it all. Get ready to challenge your perceptions of a cruise holiday, as Celebrity Cruises pushes boundaries to a new tantalising level.

Heaps Normal is proud to be served at all Brisbane Good Food Month feature events this year. Heaps Normal brews real beer without the hangover. Whether you’re cutting back or sober, cheers to making it heaps normal to enjoy a great tasting beer.

Brisbane Good Food Month Feature Events
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Esmay Pop-up at The Alliance Hotel | Sunday, July 25; 12.30pm, 1pm, 6.30pm and 7pm sittings | $120
She’s back, Brisbane! Alanna Sapwell, Queensland native and one of the most celebrated chefs in the country, is returning to home soil with her incredibly successful pop-up restaurant, Esmay, having toured the country with Good Food Month for the past year, with every single event selling out in a flash. This will be Esmay’s fifth pop-up and what better place to have it than at Brisbane’s iconic pub, established in 1864, The Alliance Hotel. Alanna unearths what’s local and showcases the seasonal and regional treasures from nearby farms and waters. Her dishes not only reflect the landscape, but there’s an element of comfort cooking in everything she does. Alanna’s food is best enjoyed with family and friends – her style is informal, heart-warming yet innovative. So what better way to set the scene than a classic old pub experience – and no one does that better than The Alliance Hotel.

Agnes × Embla | Monday, July 26; 5.30pm, 6.00pm, 8.00pm, 8.30pm sittings | $170
Although having only opened in January, chef Ben Williamson’s Agnes has already heated up Brisbane’s dining scene with its flame-fuelled kitchen. Good Food Month is turning up the temperature even more by inviting Melbourne’s master of fire, Dave Verheul of hatted Melbourne masterpiece, Embla, up for one special smoke-kissed evening. Embla is one of the most celebrated restaurants in the country: it won the Good Food Guide Best New Restaurant (2017), it has steadily maintained one chef’s hat, and it is currently ranked Number 8 Australia’s Top Restaurants. So join Agnes × Embla for a one-off evening where two of the most respected chefs in Australia work together to produce a menu that celebrates elemental cooking. Over this multi-course feast served with wine and beer, you’ll experience the pleasure of tasting seasonal produce at its most pure and primal.

Young Chefs Lunch presented by Citi with Louis Tikaram | Sunday, July 18; 12.30pm & 12.40pm sittings | $150
Louis Tikaram is a chef who understands the value of nurturing young talent. After he won the prestigious Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year award in 2014, doors to the best kitchens in the country opened for him. Now it’s Tikaram’s turn to shine a light on Brisbane’s hot young talent at Good Food Month’s legacy event, the Young Chefs Lunch, on home turf at the stunning heritage wharf building, Rivershed at Howard Smith Wharves, with its jaw dropping views overlooking the city and Story Bridge. Promoting and nurturing young talent is a Good Food Month tradition and we proudly shine a light on the crème-de-la-crème of Brisbane’s bright young chefs. Tikaram and the Good Food Month chef protégés will be preparing four courses served wine and beer.

Shane Delia × Gerard’s Bistro | Thursday, July 22; Multiple sittings from 6pm | $170
When he’s not on his SBS cooking shows Spice Journey and Recipe For Life, or creating a culinary masterpiece on Masterchef, OR at the helm of one of his iconic Melbourne restaurants (including the hatted Maha), powerhouse chef Shane Delia boards a plane to Brisbane for Good Food Month to join forces with fellow hatted chef Adam Wolfers at Gerard’s Bistro. Delia and Wolfers are relentlessly dedicated chefs who lead the charge for excellence in Middle Eastern-inspired cooking in the country – and they’ve got the awards to prove it. Enjoy an unforgettable one-off multi-course menu served with wine and beer that will be some of the finest Middle Eastern-inspired cooking you’ll ever enjoy.

Shannon Martinez at Za Za Ta Bar & Kitchen | Wednesday, July 28; 6.30pm & 6.40pm sittings | $160
Good Food Month invites you to Shannon Martinez at ZA ZA TA Bar & Kitchen. Welcome to a plant-based evening that pays tribute to the vibrant Tel Aviv dining scene; the mecca of flavour of the Middle East. Martinez, the meat-eating vegan chef, author, owner of taste temples Smith & Daughters and Smith & Deli, Creative Culinary Partner at Lona Misa, and occasional Masterchef guest will be bringing her signature plant-based cooking to Brisbane. She’ll be celebrating ethical eating and conscious cuisine at ZA ZA TA along with the restaurant’s talented and celebrated Executive Chef Israeli-born Roy Ner (ex-Nour, Sydney). It’s time to break bread and enjoy an elevated, modern, vegetarian retelling of centuries-old dishes. Served with wine and beer, book now to enjoy a night of Shannon Martinez at ZA ZA TA Bar & Kitchen.

Pay with a Citi card and receive 20% off the ticket price. Terms and conditions are as follows:
20% discount valid for Citi cardholders only. Offer valid only for tickets purchased online from 9am Thursday, 27 May 2021 until 9am 10 June or Citi allocation is sold out. Tickets must be purchased using a Citi card. Offer only applicable to Australian Citi branded cards and the linked Diners card, Citi issued partner cards are not included and will not be accepted at check out. Offer is subject to availability, see full terms and conditions for all details.

After a hiatus in 2020, due to the pandemic, the Brisbane Night Noodle Markets are set to return to the city in a brand new location, the City Botanic Gardens for 12 sizzling nights of Asian-inspired flavours from 21 July–1 August, with stallholders and menus to be announced shortly.

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Montrachet | Montrachet Dinner | 6:30pm–9:30pm, 8 July | $499
Celebrate Good Food Month at Montrachet with their prestigious wines and a specially curated five-course menu featuring Montrachet Restaurant favourites like duck and cognac parfait in a choux bun with mandarin glaze. This one-off event will take place in the restaurant’s exclusive private dining room.

Alchemy | Murder Mystery Dinner | 6:30pm–9:30pm, 8 July | $165
Ready to get your murder mystery on? At Alchemy’s Murder Mystery Dinner, you’ll be allocated your character on arrival. Be sure to dress up in line with the ‘Kelly Gang’ theme and you’ll be in for a night of competitive games and a load of fun served up alongside a lip-smacking meal.

The Long Apron Restaurant | Hinterland Producers’ Long Lunch | 12pm–2:30pm, 10 July | $220
Head Chef Andrew Birse invites you to a five-course magical and intimate lunch with produce from the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands’ Mountaintop Mushrooms, Maleny Buffalo and The Falls Farm. Meet the dedicated people behind these unique and desirable culinary gems, who will share their stories and espouse the richness of this lush region. Australian wines will be expertly paired with each course by Sommelier, Maleah.

Libertine | Bastille Day | 6pm–9pm, 14 July | $65
Nestled inside the historic, heritage-listed Barracks building on Petrie Terrace, Libertine dishes up Brisbane’s best blend of French–Vietnamese cuisine. This Bastille Day, the team at Libertine have designed a menu to surely satisfy any Francophile. Delight in a three-course meal with six dishes, whilst soaking up the moody atmosphere and cascading chandeliers to raise a glass to freedom!

Golden Pig | Queensland Wine Dinner | 6:30pm–10pm, 15 July | $145
This is a rare opportunity to discover some of the sensational wines from Queensland’s Granite Belt. MC for the night is Steve Leszczynski, wine writer for and contributor to Halliday Wine Companion Magazine among others. A four-course meal plus canapés created by the Golden Pig team featuring Queensland produce will accompany Steve’s selection of eight wines. Don’t miss this one-off event for Good Food Month!

Three Blue Ducks Brisbane | A Friday Feast | 12pm–3pm, 16 July | $120 + 1.5% booking fee
Grab your closest friends and family and duck into Three Blue Ducks Brisbane for a long Friday lunch. With a special appearance by one of the three original founding members, Chef and co-owner Mark LaBrooy, slow down and savour a signature Three Blue Ducks family-style feast while enjoying stellar views of the iconic Brisbane River. This unique, single table communal dining experience will encourage you to catch up with old friends while making new ones. Indulge in three courses of the Ducks signature paddock-to-plate style with bold flavours and colours that brings the focus back to fresh, local and honest cuisine.

The Balfour Kitchen & Bar | ‘POETS’ Lunch | 12pm–4pm, 16 July | $99
Poets Lunch at the Balfour is a celebration of the end of the week. An extra reason to leave early as tomorrow is the weekend! Enjoy arrival bubbles to get you in the mood, followed by three courses with a focus on the Balfour’s sustainable meats, seafood and local produce. Peek at the eccentric wine list to find a curious bottle or two to enjoy with lunch.

E’cco Bistro | More Cheese with your Wine? | 2pm–4:30pm, 18 July | $110
Enjoy an afternoon of all things French! Presented by Sommelier Odara Chrisostomo and Head Chef Antoine Potier, with special guests Pierre Lantourne from Le Fromage Yard and Julien Craeye from Fontayne Selection Wines. Together they will entertain you with tips for cheese and wine pairing whilst you enjoy a welcome drink and a canapé on arrival, plus five French cheese and wine pairings that will tantalise your tastebuds.

Popolo Italian Kitchen and Bar | Buon Cibo | 6:30pm–9:30pm, 20 July | $89
Popolo Italian Bar & Kitchen, nestled in Brisbane’s iconic River Quay, boasts South Bank’s most authentic Italian feasting experience on the banks of the sparkling Brisbane River. This modern restaurant and bar with stunning city views serves rustic Italian fare that is designed for sharing. This Good Food Month, Head Chef Chris Mathers has curated a Buon Cibo (Good Food!) menu that will sure make Nonna proud!

Naga Thai | Celebrating Thailand Dinner | 5:30pm–8:30pm, 20 July | $79
Naga is a colourful Thai restaurant at Eagle Street Pier that pays homage to both Bangkok and the northern villages of Thailand. Each month Naga celebrates regional Thai cuisine with a focus on quality Australian produce and local seafood, balanced with freshness, spice, heat and herbs. In the spirit of Good Food Month, the restaurant will be showcasing its most popular dishes from their regional dinner series, all in one delicious evening.

Motorwagen | Winter Producers Party | 6pm–8pm, 23 July | $75
Motorwagen’s Head Chef Callum Rogers is pairing up with their top-class suppliers to bring you a select series of snacks, featuring the best in the business who focus on premium, underutilised or underappreciated food produce. Join the Motorwagen team on the terrace for live cooking, snacks throughout the night, cocktails, craft beers and fine wines. Chat with Motorwagen’s suppliers and producers, get some inspiration on how the same ingredients can be used at home. Bring your friends and party with us, enjoying some great live music, celebrating with us local produce with the people that bring it to us!

Gerard’s Bar | Shawarma Party | 2pm–late, 25 July | $30
Join the team at Gerard’s Bar from 2pm until late for a Shawarma Party on July 25. Delight in a delicious Shawarma kebab, served with sumac-spiced fries and Gerard’s signature Beirut Punch cocktail.

Locale Restaurant | Winter Long Lunch | 12pm–3:30pm, 25 July | $95 + optional $60 wine pairing
Drawing heavily on Italian tradition, Locale Noosa offers a seasonally changing menu using the best in local produce and premium imported ingredients. Surrounded by lush gardens, Locale Noosa sits in a protected corner of Hastings Street just a few steps from the golden sands of Noosa Main Beach. Their seasonal menu features handmade pasta, traditional Italian antipasti and desserts alongside an impressive selection of wines, beers and cocktails. This Good Food Month, enjoy an Aperol Spritz on arrival followed by a four-course Italian-style shared lunch, highlighting the best of local winter produce from their very own Maravista Farm and other producers.

Walter’s Steakhouse | Chefs Table No. 3: Smoke | 6pm–9pm, 27 July | $120
Bringing a timeless charm to downtown Brisbane, Walter’s Steakhouse serves up premium, dry-aged sizzling steak, prepared and cooked with specialised methods. As part of its Chefs Table Series and hosted by Sous Chef Ben Philpot in their Private Dining Room, this third instalment will be exploring a menu inspired by smoke.

Living Room Bar | Taste of Adventure | 5pm–9pm, Wednesdays & Thursdays throughout July | $89 plus 1.5% service fee
Ready for an adventure? Head to W Brisbane’s Living Room Bar for a three-course cocktail degustation designed to take you to far-reaching destinations in the Old World, New World and the Orient. Curated by master mixologists from East London’s Oriole Bar, a regular feature on the list of World’s 50 Best Bar Awards, these cocktails will explore flavours of South Africa, Chile and India. Paired with each cocktail is a culinary delight, popular in each location. Start with a South African snack, a Chilean dish to savour, and finish off with a sweet treat from India. Passport not necessary.

The Gresham | Whisky Appreciation Month | 5pm–7pm, Saturdays throughout July | From $80
Tucked just off Queen Street in the middle of Brisbane’s CBD, The Gresham Bar holds the only heritage bar licence in Queensland. This unique bar pays homage to its heritage with its service and extensive drink list, whilst having a progressive approach to music and drinks, and an attitude policy (not a dress policy!). Every Saturday throughout July in The Back Room, The Gresham will be hosting a Whisky Appreciation Month as part of Good Food Month. Smallgoods will be provided with compliments of its sister venue, Walter’s Steakhouse.

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OTTO | Truffle Degustation | 5pm–9pm, daily throughout July | $255
OTTO celebrates people, place and la dolce vita. Located on the absolute riverfront at South Bank, OTTO Ristorante and OTTO Osteria bring a vibrant glamour to the Queensland dining scene. The food at OTTO is delicious and unashamedly simple, taking inspiration from modern Italy. Head Chef Will Cowper’s menu is fresh, seasonal and produce-driven; sourcing the finest local ingredients and letting them speak for themselves. This Good Food Month, delight in the ultimate luxury with a five-course truffle degustation dinner menu curated by Will Cowper.

Inchcolm Bar | 3 Martini Lunch | 12pm–3pm, Fridays throughout July | $59
Celebrate Good Food Month with a 3 Martini Lunch at Inchcolm Bar every Friday throughout July. Enjoy three signature martinis with a choice of entree and main for just $59 per person.

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