THE Crave Sydney International Food Festival is on in October and there will be plenty of highlights in the north-west of Sydney.
The full festival program is out now — go to cravesydney.com — and it's filled with dinners and lunches, tours and tastings.
All in locations that are both unexpected and spectacular.
And if you're happy to travel out of area, don't miss the Breakfast on Bondi Beach with breakfast king Bill Granger again in attendance, and Lorina Gore from Opera Australia.
This year organisers of the Crave festival have introduced the new World Chef Showcase Talks and Thoughts program and a special entertainment area in the Night Noodle Markets called the Noodle Box.
Here are just a few of the events in Sydney's north west:
■ Friday Night Dinners
A series of Friday night dinners "the Italian Table" way. The set price menu includes an antipasto, pasta and main course, all based on produce and wines sourced from within a 160-kilometre radius.
When: Fridays; 6pm-10pm.
Where: 42 Bannerman Trattoria e Bar, 42 Bannerman Road (entrance via Glenhaven Road), Glenhaven.
Bookings phone: 9899 5608.
■ Dural Musical Society Dinner and Show
Great food and laughs take centre stage at this event.
Enjoy antipasto and a main course before moving to Dural Soldiers Memorial Hall for a performance of Nunsense.
When:October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27; 6pm-10pm; October 14, 21; noon-4pm.
Bookings/inquiries on the website: mca-tix.com.au.
■ Good pub food
Traditional, and tasty, pub food at the Epping Hotel.
When: All month
Bookings/inquiries phone: 9876 1855
■ Farmers and Artisans Market
Buy fresh produce from the local farmers; enjoy coffee and wine tasting and pick up something special handcrafted by a local artisan or the latest cookbook from the local public school at these bi-monthly markets.
When: October 7; 9am-1pm.
Bookings/inquiries phone: 9899 5608.