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Good Food Guide is now a single edition - National Coverage!


Good Food Guide is now a single edition - National Coverage!

Fairfax Media is putting an end to its state-based restaurant guides after nearly 40 years and going national this year.

The Good Food Guide is set to expand beyond New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. The 2018 Guide will shine a spotlight on the must-visit dining destinations across Western Australia, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Tasmania.

The Good Food Guide will – for the first time – visit capital cities in every Australian state and territory – from Darwin, Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne to Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra.

The revered Guide launched as Age Good Food Guide launched in 1979, followed by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide in 1984 and, most recently, the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide in 2015 will be merged into a single edition for 2018, to be released in September this year and costing $29.95.

It will contain around 500 listings, meaning dozens of restaurants that previously featured in the NSW and Victoria versions will be dropped. Previous state-based editions contained around 300 restaurants each, along with a roundup of around a dozen of the best restaurants in the other states.

There will now only be one restaurant of the year, rather than one in each state. The previously Sydney-based Josephine Pignolet young chef of the year award will also go national.

The company did not announce plans for the annual guide launches, normally held a week apart, first in Melbourne and then in Sydney, and considered a highlight on the restaurant industry’s social calendar.

Melbourne-based co-editor Roslyn Grundy said the new edition will contain the best restaurants, cafes and bars in every state and territory.

The Good Food Guides have long been Australia’s leading, most-trusted restaurant review guides, compiled by respected independent critics and edited by Myffy Rigby and Roslyn Grundy. Reviewers always visit anonymously and all meals are paid for to ensure credibility and objectivity.

“Why should Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane be the only states worth writing about?” commented Fairfax. “Tasmania has one of the richest emerging restaurant and food scenes in the country. WA and SA are a wealth of fantastic dining. And we want to be involved, reporting from the ground up, about the best of the best.”


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