People are starting to file their highlights of Eat Drink Blog that was held in the gorgeous city (and my second home!) of Canberra over the weekend. And I’m more than a little daunted at the prospect of looking at all my photos, and writing about everything.
So, here’s a recap of the Wine from the weekend!
A Mocktail from The Hamlet. Works well with a dash of bubbly ;)
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I kicked it off with a very special (non-Canberran) Chardonnay while meeting Nicole from Champagne and Chips and Louise aka the Willunga Wino fir the first time! These are the ladies behind the monthly #winenotWednesday linkup of awesome wines around the blogisphere. If you love wine, check out those linkups!
Louise spoilt us with her first vintage of Aphelion Chardonnay. Sourced from McLaren Vale grapes, and drinking deliciously, it’s a shame it’s such a rare brew!
I quickly brought out my contribution to pre-drinks and tasted the Margan 2014 Hunter Shiraz before we had to scurry off to the opening events. I finished that off last night back at home and it’s amazing :)
We arrived at The Hamlet in Braddon to an amazing array of food trucks, wanting to stuff us silly (which, ZOMG, they did!). While scanning name tags, and saying hello to “internet People”, I sipped on a sparkling Bransworth wine that had been bottled in Hamilton, from Riverina grapes, which is the current “end of the line” of the trains in Newcastle.
After stuffing ourselves silly it was off to 3 activities around Braddon – Glenfiddich Scotch and Food matching at Marble and Grain on Mort Street, Frujii Ice Cream, and cocktails at Hopscotch.
I actually didn’t try the Scotch, but I’m told that all the scotch drinkers had their favourites from 13 to 15 years aged. I enjoyed the food and the company, and want to go back there for dinner one day!
The cocktail we were present with at Hopscotch was a very refreshing Passionfruit Mojito:
Though I was jealous of the Popsicle cocktails that the earlier groups had!
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Many people piked after that, but us party people went on to some bevvys at Lucky’s Speakeasy at the QT. House wine and beer, so no photos of that, but a delicious and refreshing 42 Below Vodka and Soda ended my night!
Soooo… back to the YHA it was for me, and after a short but restful sleep it was back to the conference!
After a coffee and a wander around New Acton, the Action Buses took us to the Farmers Markets, where we were given $20 in vouchers to “spend on breakfast” and about an hour to sample every thing in sight.
This is where GENIUS kicks in and Fiona spends her brekky vouchers (after stuffing herself with samples of bread and olives around the market) on a lovely bottle of Hall area Wallaroo Riesling. The 2014 was fresh, dry and crisp, so I went with that over the sweeter 2015.
Then there were talks and before we knew it it was time for MOAR FOOD at Westside Acton Park where I acquired a Turkish Chick Roll and some Collector Shiraz.
(One time, in early Summer 2005, I was driving in my Laser to Canberra when a huge hail storm hit me on the Federal highway between the Collector bridges. I found it funny watching the people trying to protect their cars from the ice, while I sat in my beautiful silver car waiting it out).
Afternoon tea saw Lerida Estate having some wines on sample. Moscato is not for me, but their whites and reds all go down a treat!
The Conference Dinner at A.Baker had several lovely Mt Majura wines on offer, all of which I LOVED (a little too much… ooops) … oh and that cute waitress above!
Starting with the bubbles!
A Pinot Gris which actually had me having two glasses of before I moved onto the TSG.
This may have seen me to a late night, and I MAY have missed the next morning’s brekky…. Oh well!
i may have also gotten sidetracked on my way to the Sunday talks. All I was trying to do was poison myself with my one true love Diet Coke, while I ended up talking to the owners of the Quick & Go in the Sydney building for half and hour or more about the evolution of the Canberra dining scene and how they have such a great business going now for people buying wine to byo to the local restaurants and that their high end spirits actually do have quite a market from the visitors staying locally or visiting ANU! Lovely people! *waves*
Then, it was to my final wine event of the weekend, the Canberra Wine House at the Tradies at Dickson was putting on a tasting for some of us.
So, we all know I rave about Canberra wines, and so going to this tasting and hearing the stories from the wine makers was a MUST!
I may not have taken notes, but it was the ultimate end to a full on but completely worthwhile weekend!
So, the Flickr app that is supposed to auto upload for me isn’t doign that and isn’t even uploading on demand, and so I’m left trying to be bothered to plug my phone into the computer to get the photos off it from the past two weeks. Things like this that came from Instagram:
$110/bottle? No worries
oh yeah, because when i go wine tasting, I go hard. And then go home with a couple hundred dollars worth of leftovers. You know what? The 2014 Hunter Shiraz(es) are all amazing and you simply MUST try one. Or 5.
I’ve also been being a good girl and applying for jobs. Real jobs, like ones I might want. Like at Dan Murphy’s or as a speechie or disability support officer. You know, things I’ll actually put time into applying for.
I helped out at an event for Amnesty Newcastle. An art exhibit. Then we went for drinks and dinner at MoneyPenny at Honeysuckle, and these prawn rolls were delish and certainly hit the spot that hadn’t been filled by homous and rice crackers all night.
I had a disappointing experience with a food dehydrator :(
So, I will be writing up the actual content of the Speech Pathology conference over at Speech n Stuff, but you came here for the food, right? Yes, I know you well ;)
There’s always a risk at conferences, that it could be repetitive, day in day out, or perhaps the risk of the Melbourne conference, when I had two fruit plates and a leafy salad to live off for a day. But the catering crew at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart won.
I share with you the gluten free offerings for the week.
So, after three days of conferencings, speechies like to let their hair down a little at the gala dinner.
Sometimes labelled as looking more like a lesbian wedding than a conference do (400 females and perhaps 6 guys?), the Speech Pathology Australia conference dinners are not to be missed. This was my fourth, after awesome nights in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne previously.
The checklist that was dropped on our tables at the start of the session was awesome, and the advice to ask you guys what you do and don’t like about the layout too. Tell me: what doesn’t work for you? I then spent the rest of the session twitter eaves dropping on the SEO session, and fiddling with my layout. Well spent :)
Ahh, Lady Melbourne. A blog I don’t read, but still admire. A very practical session for us, thinking about how we engage with brands, and what we need to think about media kit wise. I have some work to do.
Finding my voice. I think I know my voice better than my niche. I can’t quite commit to food blogging as my only topic on this blog. There’s so much else to rant about!! Sometimes people are wrong on the internet.
But I like to EDUCATE people who don’ agree with me ;) #nnb2012
The question was asked “why aren’t there many male bloggers” and I chose to try to articulate (at 3pm, with the flu clouds firmly settling in) that there are HEAPS of male bloggers out there. (see my blog roll). they’re just not in Nuffnang’s target group. If NN actually wanted to branch into showing ads on Tech blogs, then I’m sure they’d get more guys in. Then there’s the politics and the business blogs. Many many by men. So much so, that you keep hearing the question in some communities “where are all the women”.
The men are there. Just not in Food, fashion, personal or “mummy”/parenting blogging.
I know heaps of bloggers. They just don’t do washing powder and nail polish ;) #nnb2012
It was brilliant to catch up with everyone again, and finally meet some people, such as Sarah Stokely who I’ve been stalking online FOREVER. Tea galore! And the food was great, but that’s another blog post, for when I’m back in foodie mode. I have been inspired, more by the chats in the corner, and the tiny snippets here and there, and there’s plenty more for me to do blog wise.
In the meantime, what should I do to celebrate this blog’s 10th birthday on September 11?