Time to don the stretchiest outfit you own and start planning your Good Food Month itinerary. It’s going to be a big one. Melbourne’s Good Food Month is back this June with an all-star line-up of events, chefs, masterclasses and, generally, just some insanely unmissable opportunities to stuff your face with some of the city’s finest.

This year will look a little different to previous Good Food Month celebrations, probably because there’ll be a Palm Springs’ style set up in the middle of the city (and the middle of winter mind you). Head to Fed Square to visit Melbourne Palms and you’ll find some of Australia’s biggest culinary names doing their thing and then some.

The festivities kick off with a launch party on 13 June with eats by the brains behind The Lake House, Alla Wolf-Tasker, and Melbourne hospitality buff, Andrew McConnell. Also at Melbourne Springs will be a dinner hosted by Danish Michelin Star chef, Bo Bech from Restaurant Geist, a feast revolved around cooking with fire put on by Fred’s Danielle Alvarez and Africola’s Duncan Welgemoed. You’ll also find a fish buttery masterclass with Sydney’s king of seafood, Josh Niland (Saint Peter and The Fish Butchery).

The venue will also turn into a cinema for a selection of movie showings. How does watching The Wedding Singer with an 8bit burger in one hand and a Glacé choc top in the other sound? In short, start saving, booking, fasting – do whatever you have to do to get yourself to Melbourne Palms.

Aside from the Palms Springs’ oasis, plenty is going on around Melbourne to sink your teeth into. Peter Lehmann Wines are coming fresh from the Barossa Valley to present Let’s Do Lunch – a specially designed lunch extravaganza involving some of Melbourne’s favourite haunts. Noir, Ezard and Maha are all in on the action. For every Friday throughout June, just $38 will land you a stellar lunch and a glass of wine. Not bad, hey?

A host of other venues are putting on events in collaboration with Good Food Month, including Atlas, Dandelion, Juliet, Palermo, Red Spice Road, Rice Paper Scissors and Ricky and Pinky. We suggest hot-footing it to their website to check out the full program here and get planning.

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