This lunch is fast becoming a must attend event in Mansfield as it showcases the region’s best in culinary expertise. This year was no exception and was bursting with great food, exciting wine to match each dish, surprise dinner auctions and fantastic entertainment!
Susan went on to talk about the luncheon.
‘The venue was the Mansfield Showground Ed Harris Pavilion and the date was the Sunday 15th May.
Crawford Kitchens showcased their state of the art kitchen and selected local chefs from around Mansfield prepared their dishes and all this was washed down with carefully selected quality wines from the local wine region – the Upper Goulburn.
A selection of canapés by Benjamin’s Restaurant, Ben Browning using the region’s Buxton trout, vine ripened tomatoes and organic chicken was served while guests mingled. Christian Bergmoser from Bergmoser Catering and the Magnolia was chosen to do the entrée and he designed his dish around Venison loin.
The wines chosen with this dish were Ros Ritchie’s 2010 Pinot Gris and Barwite 2008 Pinot Noir.
What a fantastic pairing!!
The theme for this year’s lunch was around autumnal flavours and this flowed into the décor of the hall as well. See photos.
Alternate dishes was served for the main meal and Megan Knapp from Puretaste and Gill Belle from the Mansfield Regional Produce Store combined to present one dish around layers of pork and the other around slow cooked beef – both were mouth-wateringly delicious.
Kinloch 2010 Pinot Meunier matched so well with the Pork and Sedona Estate 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon went delightfully with the tender beef.
The marriage of wine and food playing a significant role in the plans for such an event.
A tasting plate of three individual delicacies using base ingredients of chocolate, pistachios and figs was the final dish prepared by Michael Nelson from the Deck on High.”
Now the Tf’s had heard rumours prior to the lunch that the luncheon was having an opera surprise. The attendees were in for a treat!
“The luncheons entertainment was staged by More than Opera Tenor Robert Barbaro accompanied by keyboard maestro and director of More than Opera David Kram.
Robert brought the “shed” down with his silky smooth voice - encore after encore was not rejected and the guests sated. For those who don’t know…Robert Barbaro is an Australian-Italian tenor who’s extraordinary, Lanza like - Italianate voice has just come onto the national and international radar. He has earned his singing stripes both with the 'More Than Opera' Company, and singing on the festival circuit including the Castlemaine Festival, the Coolart Jazz Festival, the Italian Cultural Festival and more.”
Opera and lunch what a way to go!
Event Organiser, Susan Kinloch went on to say “ tickets for the lunch booked out as soon as it was posted on the Upper Goulburn website, so much so that she had a waiting list just in case someone cancelled”.
So the Tf’s think the importance of the message as Susan mentions here for next year its simple: