It was with much excitement and pleasure that I opened an email from Helen (Grab Your Fork)and Suze (Chocolatesuze) inviting me and other Sydney food bloggers to the Sydney Food Bloggers’ Christmas Party. It was with more excitement and nerves that I responded yes.
We were requested to bring a plate (savory or sweet) and a quirky or food related gift for the Kris Kringle. Easy you may say, HA! This was the first time I was to meet any of my fellow bloggers and to be honest I was nervous. What food was I going to take? I knew that every single one of them would have a camera and that the event would be blogged, talk about pressure!
I ended up deciding on taking piragi. Something from the heart and I hoped different. Plus how can you ever go wrong with bacon?
The event was held in Hyde Park, Sydney on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, we were lucky that Sydney turned on its best weather for us all.
With nerves a flying I approached what looked like a group of food bloggers. The mass amount of food and cameras sort of gave it away. Why I was nervous I have no idea, what an amazingly friendly, lovely, welcoming group of people.
Before we all tucked in to the amazing spread of food everyone happily took photos of what was on offer and another important photo was taken as well, the group shot to celebrate this moment taken by Simon (above).
Part of the amazing spread (above), you can see Helen’s Elvis cupcakes in the bottom right hand corner. These little delights were apparently based on a snack favoured by Elvis called fools gold, a loaf of bread hollowed out and filled with bacon, peanut butter and jam. Yes the cupcakes had bacon in them. The combination of peanut butter frosting and the bacon was a lovely salty/sweet sensation.
More food…. I did say there was a lot of it, and all so delicious.
And more food (above) …… you can seen Elli’s (Almost Bourdain) wonton cups filled with roast duck (I am a sucker for roast duck and will admit to having more than one), Peter’s (Souvlaki for the Soul) choc bickies with white choc icing, Denea’ssweet potato latkes and Simon’s (The Heart of Food) chicken wings.
Billy’s champagne, longan and gold leaf jelly, very decadent. He also made a Momofuku Bo Ssam (pork) which I sadly missed out on, but was told was to die for.
Gingerbread, mince tarts, mini hot dogs and the most gorgeous little cakes form Ya Ya’s Yum Yums. Lobo from Ya Ya’s also made a delicious dark choc rocky road, a little bit too moorish!
The adorable assortment of goodies, honey jumbles, chocolate crackles and fairy bread from Chocolatesuze.
The Kris Kringle was a hoot. We got to choose a pressie by numbers. Loved the rules. Choose a pressie and open it, if you are not happy and you see a pressie that someone else has opened, please feel free to steal theirs and then they get to choose a new one. Well there were two particular presents that were the hot item of the day, the main one being a face plate and the other one (which we thought could of been a fish the way it was wrapped) was a Japanese omlette pan. To be honest if that had been opened before i picked mine I may have stolen it, it was just so cute.
A big thank you to Helen and Suze for organising 50 bloggers and a fantastic event. The name tags were a fantastic addition to a newbie like me, made mingling so much easier as I had read most of my fellow bloggers blogs before hand.
It was a fantastic afternoon, I waddled away having met an amazing bunch of people and some new friends.