Sydneysiders attended a 1920’s garden party inspired by the Hamptons to enjoy: gourmet picnic food; vintage lawn games such as croquet, jumbo chess and bocce; acoustic melodies from the main stage; and their favourite Pimms cocktail.
It was a unique picnic held at the recently launched, Centennial Homestead. Catering was by the Eastern suburb’s best including: renowned chef and restaurateur Matt Moran, who cooked up some of Chiswick’s favourites; the boys behind Three Blue Ducks (Darren Robertson and Mark LeBrooy) who were on the barbecue; Centennial Homestead’s own Rodrigo Do Vale who delivering some of his house specialties; and dessert wizards Alistair Wise (Sweet Envy) and Andy Bowdy who took my taste-buds to the next level.
The food served from these top chefs included: Piri Piri Chicken with spiced yoghurt, chickpeas, tomatoes and preserved lemon or BBQ whole pumpkins with mixed grain kraut & baba ghanoush from Three Blue Ducks, Sydney rock oysters iwht natural or finger fresh lime or warm pastrami bun, with English mustard Chiswick pickle from Chiswick; Amy Winehouse Sundae and Andy Bowdy Sundae or a dessert plate of vanilla slice, apple and chedder pie, pineapple and Jatz pie from Andy Bowdy and Alistair Wise; prawn cocktail roll, Yamba king prawns, herb mayonnaise on milk bun or beef cheek cottage pie, braised beef cheek in red wine, and almond crusted mash potato from Centennial Homestead.
The event was hosted by master of ceremonies, Kris Smith, and an entertainment line-up included a special swing repertoire performed by Rob Mills and comedy by comedian Joel Creasey.
Good Food Month has ended in Sydney but it is on in Melbourne this month.
For more information about Good Food Month, go to www.goodfoodmonth.com