It’s Christmas!!!! (In July)
As the texts were sent, the secret venue for our annual Christmas In July event was being prepared with Christmas Lights, bon bons and of course gold Secret Foodies masks.
Guests arrived at Gas Lane in North Sydney wearing the very best festive jumpers. They followed a trail of fairy lights to the newly renovated Greenwood Hotel. Entering through the Farmhouse room, they begun their Christmas in July journey.
The Christmas journey continued into the Grand Hall that felt like Hogwarts. A very festive evening paired with Mud House Wines, started with a glass of 2014 Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
For the main, guests enjoyed a serve of ‘Turducken’ or suckling pig prochetta. As the mains were served, platters of side dishes were delivered, including roast potatoes, brussel sprouts, cranberry sauce, apple balsamic sauce, honey roasted parsnips, green beans with almond butter and roast pumpkin.
The 2014 Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir was an excellent accompaniment for the tender meats in the main.
Then it was time for presents! A giant Kris Kringle, where everyone exchanged gifts with complete strangers. The gifts had to be less than $5, made or regifted and the outcome was excellent with presents ranging from a deck of cards, chocolate, bubbles to homemade granola.
To end the Christmassy evening, chocolate and cumquat bombe Alaska with mixed berry compote was served, brought out by Head Chef Brad Sloanne. The flaming bombe Alaska was a fantastic feature and a great way to end Christmas in July with Secret Foodies.Click here to see the album from the event.