Don’t you just love it when things work themselves out with minimal effort on your end?
This is exactly what happened with this gathering my husband and I were lucky to attend last week.
I had totally messed up. Lean Timms of ‘Lean & Meadow’, the wonderful photographer and blogger hosting the event, sent me an email telling me about all the details quite early, as she knew it was something I’d love to be part of (I love this lady so SO much). I rejoiced and made a mental note to book our tickets asap, because I know these events always sell out in no time at all.
I got completely sidetracked by several other major things that were going on at the time, and by the time I finally headed over to Lean’s website to make the booking, it had in fact sold out. After several minutes of self loathing and verbal obscenities, I emailed her and told her what had happened, apologised, and asked her to please let me know if there were any last minute cancellations…but I wasn’t very hopeful to be honest.
As the date approached (and I began feeling super jealous about missing out), guess what miraculously happened? The amazing human being that is Lean emailed me just two days before the date and told me there were two last minute tickets up for grabs!! I was THRILLED! I instantly snatched those tickets, and was even able to get us a ride there with the lovely ladies behind the Husk Mill, who were kind enough to squeeze us into their car. It was just perfect.
The event itself was a Wild Food Supper, meant to celebrate the abundance of the local and seasonal wild food available for catching, gathering and foraging all over the country, and was held at a charming 1880’s church that has been converted into a home. The brilliant chef Aaron Teece, from Studio Neon, planned and curated a most remarkable menu full of incredibly unique and interesting ingredients, such as kangaroo, emu, wild tuna, rabbit and foraged edible weeds baked into a buttery quiche. Annabelle Hickson from The Dailys was in charge of the flower arrangements, which of course were just breathtaking, and Caitlin Melling added her impeccable styling to the table and venue.
We were welcomed with pretty drinks and an impressive spread of moreish finger food; think battered school prawns (I could eat BUCKETS of this stuff!), fresh radishes with salted butter, oysters two ways and olive and saltbush focaccia.
After settling in, meeting everyone and taking some photos, we were lead by Lean on a walk to a nearby orange grove, with Aaron giving us a talk about all the edible weeds we spotted along the way. We reached the orange grove just moments before the sun set. The light was magical and the trees heavy with almost luminescent fruit. My sweet husband, whom I’ve always told reminds me of Mowgli, went a bit nuts and was basically climbing the trees to gather the best fruit! We had some pretty hysterical moments with Elaina and Chel (of the Huskmill) as we picked heaps of oranges and tried taking some good shots in the dwindling light. It was ridiculously fun!
Afterwards we walked back to the beautiful converted church where the dinner was held and the feast began. Dish after dish came out of the kitchen, and everyone was utterly stuffed by the end of it all. There was a lovely fire burning outside that Aaron used to cook some of our food, and it filled the air with the comforting smell of wood and smoke and kept us warm as the night grew chilly and we huddled around it with our lemony desserts in hand.
It was such a beautiful day, I felt I wanted to do a quick post with some photos, as there’s just so many I want to share with you all. I hope you enjoy this visual feast 🙂
…Oh! And I made a teeny tiny little video of just the last bit of the day. I only took a few short clips (was way too busy having a good time and taking photos!), but I still think it portrays the mood pretty well 🙂 here it is…enjoy!