God must be a food blogger when the Sydney Food Bloggers 5th Christmas Picnic 2013 event started to take place at Centennial Park and just 2 hours before the event occurred, it was raining cats and dogs, incoming thunder, lighting and a warning of hailstones. Where was I in those 2 hours? Boarding a 3.5 hours delayed plane from Melbourne. I was feeling very helpless and agitated whether to skip my flight or not. The only useful thing I could do was stare at the cloudy skies and hope, really hope, the sunshine would chase those winter blues away.
5 MINTUES TO GO before boarding and I was constantly texting and Facebook chatting to see if any recent announcements were made. Nothing. OH-NO! What was I going to do??? Luckily, I was determined to still go ahead even if it was a rainy day of fun.
Fast-forward 1.5hrs, I landed on Sydney soil with my two feet and the first sign of weather I witnessed and felt were sweet, springtime breezes. I paused and questioned myself, if I read the messages incorrectly that Mother Nature planned to have a go of taking in the beauty of the season?
After a 30 minute taxi ride I saw a landscape of bare trees and golden brown leaves that became my home for next few hours. I admit I was pretty shy like a zebra without stripes whilst walking towards a huge group of 71
strangers food bloggers that I never met in my entire life.
Thank heavens Suze from ChocolateSuze comes in my direction and screams out “I love your minion phone cover”. *Phew* that was the best start up conversation I’ve ever encountered. 😛 And thanks to minion Phil for being my Iphone cover.
After a few mintues of mingling and meeting the one and only Helen from Grab your Fork. And AND food-porning with phones and cameras, it was time to hunt for FOOD!!!
Let the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic BEGIN!!! 😀 😀 😀 And if you think that wasn’t enough for a food blogger? Then…
I guess GIGANTIC pieces of Mr. Crackles Pork Crackling sure made its way to the WORLD’S BIGGEST BOX OF CRACKLES.
ENORMOUS Sheets of Pork Crackling by Mr Crackles. Total weighing of TWENTY-FIVE KILOGRAMS.
You heard me 25KGS !!!
How did Helen and Suze managed to lift 25kgs of pork crackling, I wonder? Well, nothing is impossible when it comes to food 😛
Here’s just a tiny selection of the delicious food that WILL tempt your taste buds:
Santa Deco-Roll by Absolutely Ayana
Vegetarian Marshmallow with Chocolate Crackle and Milo by Spoonfuls of Goodness
Pesto and Tomato Puffs by The Adventures of Miss Piggy
Pineapple and Coconut Cupcakes by Love Swah
Deep Fried Brie by The Heart of Food Wait what? Deep fried CHEESE?! OH YES PLEASE!
Cheese Pizza by Next Stop: Food
Homemade bread wreath with seeds by Crunchy Tiger
Oh no, I forgot to take a quick snap of what I brought to the picnic. Luckily, thanks to Simon from Simon Food Favourites he captured my Krispy Kreme Xmas Theme Donuts
Pork & Fennel Sausage Rolls by The Lamstock
Rice paper rolls with fried tofu and roast chicken by Food is Our Religion
Lemper by Irene’s Getting Fat
It may just look like a ordinary pillow sticky rice ball hugged by a banana leaf but it’s Irene’s from Irenes Getting Fat that introduced this Lemper to me and I have to confess you’ll die and go to heaven with every single bite.
Photo credit to Amy from Milkteaxx for capturing my moment with Lemper. Teehee. Oh yes, my leg flicked up in the air as I NABBED the LAST LEMPER that day. :p
Besides a generous banquet of food that the waterproof tents hosted for us food bloggers, I had the opportunity to try Simon’s super duper popular pop up bar. He is one handsome photogenic guy. ;P
Grapefruit and ginger fizzy and mint & lavender lemonade by The Littlest Anchovy
Simon double shot my Pink Tonic Lemonade
Mangomisu by Soft & Stiff Peaks
So lucky I grabbed a mangomisu before it was too late.
Insanely clever idea of not just eating mangoes alone.
Kris Kringle time! But this one was slightly special and involved an EVIL SANTA. Mmuahahaha!!! For Billy from A Table for Two he pretty much unwrapped 3 presents within 10 minutes.
Before the Kris Kringle had finished, I
stole asked Helen’s Desobry chocolate biscuit tin box because an evil elf had stolen my red 3 tier cupcake stand, also I had to leave ASAP to catch my next plane back to Melbourne to continue my food adventures. I am certainly glad this was the end result! Thanks to Sherrie from Crystal Noir 🙂
*Faints* It’s It’s…Billy Law, contestant on MasterChef Australia 2011.
I pinched my chubby cheecks a few times before taking a photo with Chocolatesuze . She is REAL! 😀 😀 😀
Three Cracked Heads. Hahaha
And if you haven’t seen this on my Instagram, I covered a JUMBO sheet of pork crackle over my head just in case it started to sprinkle but I can happily say I managed to stay super dry. Thanks Mr Crackles!
I certainly didn’t go home feeling hungry or disappointed as Suze insisted ALL of us to take away a pork crackle. Off course I’d go for the biggest piece. 😛 Mr Pork Crackle I’ve been head over heels for you since we made contact. It puts a twinkle in my eye and a smile in my heart when I devour you.
In a weather nutshell, the Sydney Food Bloggers Xmas Picnic 2013 was an awesome memorable fairy food-tale experience I will NEVER EVER EVER forget. I am now currently counting down the days to next year’s Christmas picnic already!
Big shout out to Helen and Suze for organising this fantastic picnic. You guys FOODIE-ROCK! 😀 😀 😀
Photos by Vanny Tang unless otherwise stated .
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