Newcastle Food Month (NFM) is 30 days of culinary worship featuring local chefs, eateries and producers.
During the month of April, we want to say here’s cheers to a homegrown scene that continues to grow from strength to strength. Having the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens in our backyard means our glasses and plates are filled with fresh delicious ingredients presented by talented chefs and restaurateurs here in Newcastle.
The burgeoning dining scene has grown into its own in recent years. Cafes, bars, restaurants and pub kitchens continue to pop up across the city with a serious sense of local identity and provenance, on and off the plate. That is certainly worthy of a month-long toast.
So, here are the ways you can join in the feast. There are three main concepts; Feature Events, Plate Dates, our headline signature event, Le Dîner en Blanc.
Feature Events and Festivals fill April’s calendar. Newcastle venues, providores and community organisations are hosting more than 30 separate events across the city. These are hosted and run by the individual venue. Take your pick from masterclasses with Newcastle’s favourite chefs, join in on a collab dinner between restaurants and wineries, arrive with an empty stomach to the pork and cider festival, get to know natty wines or become a little closer acquainted with everyone’s favourite mate, gin.
Plate Dates give you permission to embark on a month-long degustation. More than 60 restaurants and cafes are designing a bespoke NFM plate for breakie, lunch or dinner, and have matched it with a beverage, alcoholic or non, for a delish $25 which will be served up throughout April. It’s a no-brainer reason to try something new or a perfect excuse to visit your tried and tested favourite.
The full NFM calendar of events can be found here.