A month back now, the sprinkling rain and cold deterred few from the inaugural Green Square Gourmet Food Festival as a part of Crave, so congratulations go to the organisers for a job very well done.
|Pony rides as part of the Green Square Gourmet Food Festival, Joynton Park, |
Victoria Park, Green Square
There were pony rides, a petting farm, restaurant and produce stalls, a bar and, luckily given the weather, a big marquee with plenty of seating.
|Kids' Audi driving track|
|A llama in the petting zoo|
|Fruit and vegetable carvings|
|Paella by Bocata|
|Yellow beef curry by Longrain|
The curry's spicy sauce and fluffy white rice were only enhanced by the vegetable pickle on top.
|Penne with beef ragu from Adamo's Pasta|
Not only was it value for money, it was darn well one of the best pastas I've had - certainly coming from a bain marie into a biodegradable bowl, and even comparing to some eateries - with the impressively al dente penne tubes holding up a very robust tomato and red wine ragu.
|Fresh mozzarella being stretched at the Salt Meats Cheese stall|
Mozzarella is one of my all-time favourite cheeses and having learnt to make it recently, I was only more appreciative watching the guy at the stall stretch the curds into beautiful balls of mozzarella.
Salt Meats Cheese are doing some pretty awesome things with their fresh cow's and buffalo milk mozzarella that take me back to my time spent in Italy - quite a feat for a locally-made cheese.
|Cheese sampling at the Salt Meats Cheese stall|
Pop-Up Long Dinner
Later in the evening, amid the grey skies and threatening winds, the festivities continued in Joynton Park with a pop-up Long Dinner hosted by Martin.
The chilly weather rather challenged the cocktail dress code - it would have been a stunning set-up were it a balmy spring night. Nonetheless, the themed marquee was a pretty sight in the middle of the park.
|Marquee and crowd for Long Dinner as part of the |
Green Square Gourmet Food Festival
|Tables set up for the Long Dinner|
|Entrees being plated in the kitchen|
|Martin Boetz of Longrain (left) and Jared Ingersoll of Danks Street Depot (right)|
|Bread and butter|
|Salad of cauliflower, corn and cucumber|
|Beetroot and carrot salad|
|Charcuterie plate by Danks Street Depot|
I couldn't pick a favourite but the brandy-toned pâté was quite incredible.
|Boetz tends to the yellow curry|
|Yellow duck curry by Longrain|
There was plenty of duck to go around and it took a lot in me to not finish off the shared bowl of curry and rice, and call it a night. A lot.
|Assorted mini tarts by The French House|
Rain and lightning timed itself well to celebrate the close of dinner and the day overall of the Green Square Gourmet Food Festival.
Many thanks go to Martin for the very well executed event - from music to decorations and of course, the food and booze, it was a long dinner to remember, and not for the free light show at the end either. See you next year!
Food, booze and shoes attended the Long Dinner as a guest of Martin.