Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Marysville shines for Worlds Longest Lunch

150 people sat beneath umbrellas lake side in Gallipoli Park enjoying the regions finest food and wine on the grassed area near the lake, in the heart of Marysville on Friday 15th.

After all the previous heat it was a welcomed cooler although sunny day.
The Alexandra Secondary College’s hospitality team lead by Mookie and front of house staff of Jackie Ashe and Corey Dewhurst were the excellent wait staff.

Chefs Ashraf and Christine, James Fraga, April Ann Currie, Kim Rycroft and Tony Thompson delighted attendees with four courses of regional produce including smoked meats from Thornton, Empanadas, Dobson’s potatoes, Trout pates and home made chutneys and relish, Grilled Crispy Skinned Buxton Salmon, Roasted High Country Lamb Rump, Local Lemon Myrtle with Delatite Chicken Strips, a Triple Home made chocolate and Jamieson raspberry tasting plate and a 150th birthday cake for Marysville.

Special Guest Stephanie Alexander was one of 5 lucky recipients of receiving an extra entrĂ©e that was from Yarra Valley Snails as a surprise. “The snails were delightful and the salmon plentiful” spoke Stephanie before explaining about her passions including her restaurant Stephanie’s, her many books,
(she was pleased to sign so many “although one did look new” she laughed) and the wonderful achievements of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation with our MC for the day Andrew Embling.

The top of the dessert cupcakes was a white chocolate mud cake infused with jamieson raspberries, draped with hand made wattle and adorned with a Leadbeaters possum.
This cake was cut by Rosemary Fiske surrounded by locals Christine Adams representing MMT Inc, Local Member of Parliament Cindy McLeish and David Stirling from MDCC with Rob Mitchell from UGFWCG inc. whilst Alexandra Secondary Colleges Vice Captain and part of the hospitality team Josh Beadle sung a beautiful rendition of Happy Birthday to Marysville.
This cake top was then a surprise last minute entry in the auctions at the conclusion of the day.

On the tables there was Ciabatta bread rolls by Lazy River Cafe accompanied by Goulburn Strathbogie Olivegrowers Association Oils, some of which are now international award winners.

The regional fare was complemented with Coldstream ciders and beers, Murrindindi Cabernet Sauvignon, Delatite 2009 Sylvia Riesling, Ros Ritchie 2011 Pinot Gris, Buller View 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Barwite 2012 Friday’s Child Shiraz and Delatite 2012 Riesling Late Harvest.

After the four courses, attendees listened to the band for the lunch Jazz Notes and drank fresh plunger courtesy of Great Divide Coffee.

Proceeds of the raffles and auctions of nearly $2235 is to be gifted to Dunalley primary school in Tasmania gutted by Fire. The main street of Dunalley was gutted by fire on January 4 2013, with homes destroyed as well.

President of the UGFWCG group Rob Mitchell spoke of his personal experience of being there on that day, “evacuating to the fire refuge centre at Nubeena on the Tasman peninsular and were eventually evacuated by boat back to Hobart. As we evacuated Dunalley, Kate (a local) who was with us at the time went to the Dunalley primary school to get her 2 children who were taken there as a “safe house” – she managed to get them out but was caught by the fire and spent the next 2 hours in the ocean with her children, while she watched as the fire consumed her car and the school where her children had been moments before”.  Rob spoke of how pleased he was that the WLL team had nominated this organisation to be the beneficiary of this year proceeds.

Our important Sponsors included Tourism Victoria, Upwey Community Bank® Branch and Marysville Agency, Murrindindi Shire Council, Alexandra Secondary College, Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, Upper Goulburn Winegrowers Association, Goulburn Strathbogie Olivegrowers Association, Marysville Sparkling Wine Festival and our MC Andrew Embling OAM.

This years event was also a handover event Rob Mitchell called on Christine Adams from MMT to “ Please accept the apron handed over today as a symbol of this event being handed back to Marysville and to be run under MMT Inc’s auspice.   He went on to say Our group 
(UGFWCG inc)  will continue to support this wonderful event and look forward to seeing some of the ideas highlighted already coming to fruition for next years event.
www.marysvilletourism.com and www.uge.asn.au

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