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Newcastle Food Month plates up for 2024 return

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One of the most exciting festivals in the region, Newcastle Food Month, will return for its fourth edition in 2024.

And, organisers are expecting it to be the biggest and best yet, with program entries already flooding in.

The highlight, as always, is the world-famous posh pop-up picnic Le Dinner En Blanc Newcastle, with more than 1,000 guests expected to frock up for the event, in a secret location, on 6 April.

The month-long program will kick off on the weekend of Easter, taking in the NSW school holidays as well as Anzac Day.

“Over the past three years, we have enticed thousands of Novocastrians to dine out in our fabulous restaurants… and this will continue,” organiser Louise Maher said.

“In 2023, more than 80 businesses were involved in Newcastle Food Month and that’s a stat we are really proud of.

“It keeps our economy focussed on the great hospitality the Hunter is known for.

“We are also committed to expanding our marketing and promotion into the Central Coast and Sydney to draw an increasing number of overnight visitors.

“In years to come, we’ll turn our attention to the likes of Melbourne and Brisbane to take advantage of our connections through Newcastle Airport.”

Showcasing the culinary and creative talent of Newcastle’s burgeoning food scene, a plentiful program is fast taking shape, with an event for every kind of foodie, as well as wine, beer, gin, whisky, cocktails, music and lots of cheese.

Patrons can dine in hatted restaurants or on degustations any way you like them – French, Italian, Thai or seafood.

There are also takeovers in the planning by renowned chefs and winemakers at some of Newcastle’s leading restaurants, including the Roundhouse at Crystalbrook Kingsley, The Flotilla and its new offshoot Vecina, newly-hatted Humbug, Harrisons, Jana, The Elementa, Foghorn Brewery and Modus.

Plate Date is back, too, with an anticipated 50 establishments offering a brunch, lunch or dinner, including a beverage for only $30.

“It’s a terrific opportunity to test run Newcastle’s wide range of eclectic cafes, restaurants and pubs, with the common denominator being incredible food and great value,” Maher said.

“Plus, it is exciting to see so many early entries into the program… we are well-ahead of where we have been in previous years.

“There’ll be something for everyone who likes eating out and on any budget.”

City of Newcastle has again provided significant funding through its Special Business Rates program, as has Destination NSW.

The event’s launch will take place on 7 February at which time the full month-long program will be available at www.newcastlefoodmonth.com.au

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