The boys and girls from Toby’s Estate won our hearts with coffee at breakfast, morning and afternoon teas. Then they won our minds with chocolate coated coffee beans and Keep Cups in their swag bags ;)
I got stuck into the juice the Breville girls were making fresh, and the fruit plates!
Many of the others filled themselves with baked goods across the day from Brasserie Bread… (Including the lovely ladies from Impact :)
(They even do Gluten Free baking courses!!! I’ll have to check that out one of these days!)
Continuing on the theme of eating and drinking, I was completely taken by the range of mineral waters from Daylesford and Hepburn Mineral Springs Co.. Particularly the ginger beer, as I was feeling rather off much of the day :\
The upset stomach meant I couldn’t enjoy the lamb lunch as much as I would usually, but the bits I ate and kept down were great :) I did, however, go for a walk with a vegetarian, Laura during the lamb butchery. I needed air, people!!
I suppose some of you also want to hear about the content of the day? And perhaps what I took from it?
I took oodles of notes during the talks. Loved the thoughts all of the speakers provoked, and was reassured that much of the message was “be yourself, do want you love, know who you are” oh and “don’t get sued”!! ;)
I think that while it was nice to hear about the legal aspects, again it comes down to being respectful, stopping taking photos if you are asked, and being sure to make sure your reviews are ‘reviews’ ie your own opinion, and not you being the next distributor of chef’s hats.
The Crab Masterclass smelled divine… even though I know my tongue couldn’t handle it ;)
And after a very long day program, it was off into Kingsleys for dinner. The Steak and Crabhouse, not the chicken shop, as I explained my confusion to Sarah the Kingsleys PR girl who gave me a lift to the restaurant and the home! Now that’s service! ;)
A few of us went for cocktails on arrival while we waited for the real dinner time. Mine (above) is the Mint and Zen, while below is Tom‘s Cancun Splash
The chef tempted our tastebuds with Black Pudding and Veal Sweetbread
And salmon on a bed of rice
The sun went down on a warm Sydney night :)
For entree, we were brought Smoked Yellow Fin Tuna Carpaccio with pickled chilli and pistacio nuts. Oh yum! This was matched with a yummy yummy St Hallet Riesling from Eden Valley.
Sarah had a teeny bottle of coke! (pictured next to my mini moo card holder!)
The main was Slow roasted beef tenderloin, and Wagyu flat iron steak. Both melted in my mouth, and I got a lot of them because everyone else was still full from a day of cake!! This was matched with a St Hallet Faith Shiraz. Nice.
The onto dessert. I was presented with this gorgeous meringue with rhubarb and strawberries, while the others had cheeses..
I’m told the Rose matched the chees well, while I had to separate it from the dessert ;)
Thank you SO MUCH to the organisers and sponsors for a wonderful day!!! I’ll twitter and blog stalk you all soon! xxxx
How much better is Gourmet Farmer than, say, the boring recipes on Better Homes and Gardens, or kitchen disasters on the reality shows? It DOES make me want to live on a little farm, at least, like the city slicker I am, only on weekends, and have people tend the animals, and harvest the veges for me, ready for me to cook em.
One day. When I’m rich ;) Cos I’m realistic like that.
I have a million photos from Beechworth and had an excellent time on the weekend – it’s great to get away just the two of us before xmas madness begins. My body wasn’t too happy by Sunday night with the nibbles of cakes, tastings of wine, snippets of cheese and the like that I subjected it to for the benefits of my tastebuds!
(Let alone the extra I just eat at this time of year! It’s okay though, and there are heaps of free weight loss sites, challenges etc, where I can lose weight in the future because of time zones :p Does anyone pay for these sorts of sites anymore??)
One more day of work! Psyching myself into heading there now. Lots of stats to complete before the deadline, and all these new referrals to put on the wait list. I think everyone just realised that it’s the end of the year, and they have a pile and list of to-dos, like making referrals, to get done before they too go on leave!
The quietness though of the office is good and bad – do you find this too that there’s an ‘optimal’ amount of stuff going on around you to get a good amount of work done?
Anyway, off to tackle the to-do list. Then Time Off! Yay!
(blogging about the weekend proper will come. In time!)