8 Canberra food blogger’s advice for eating your way through the National Multicultural Festival

8 Canberra food bloggers advice for eating your way through the National Multicultural Festival

There is only three more sleeps until the National Multicultural Festival is on again.  As per usual the food program will kick off at 4pm on Friday afternoon (the 17th) and continue until 5pm on Sunday.

After attending a number of Multicultural Festival’s I know that the KEY to an enjoyable time is planning ahead. Half of Canberra will be there wanting their fix of German beer and chips on a stick so be prepared. Last year I had a list of where I wanted to eat and a map printed with the locations highlighted (map available here). Having a game plan makes the Multicultural Festival a lot less overwhelming and more enjoyable.

So more importantly where should you eat? Well for that I turned to Canberra’s food bloggers to get you the very best advice!

The meat and rice pilaf from the Iranian Food stall. I found that the spices and herbs like saffron, parsley, dried pomegranate and dried lime in their dishes offered a different and unique taste. The meat was also very tender. – Rose from Travel and Beyond 

Hungarian Lángos will be available at the National Multicultural Festival at the Gyongyosbokreta Dance Group stall. Lángos is the quintessential Magyar street food: luscious, deep fried bread dough brushed with crushed garlic and sprinkled with salt and shredded cheese (the recipe for Lángos is in my new book available on my website and selected Canberra bookstores). I also love the Middle Eastern stalls, with their complimentary stuffed dates, peppermint tea, strong brewed coffee and exquisite sweets. – Liz from Good Things

If you were even questioning getting the Lángos…

The Hungarian stand hands down. Every year they are the first stall I look for. Lángos is delicious and their sausages are fantastic. Always my favourite pick for the festival! – Kristy from Tales of a Confectionist 

Basically DO NOT under any circumstances skip the Lángos!

The Sicilian Tent’s ricotta cannoli and the sfogliatelli. And from Latin America, Arepas washed down with a non-alcoholic Guarana Kuat from Brazil. – So Frank Social 

The Taiwanese Association of Canberra Australia stall will be serving Taiwan beer and Taiwanese non alcoholic beverages, fried chicken and hot chips with plum powder. I also recommend trying the ‘Otai’ – a refreshing Tongan drink with coconut cream/milk, pineapple pieces, watermelon pieces, sugar and water. So delicious and usually only $5 per cup. –  Eileen from The Food Avenue

My favourite part of the festival is the amazing variety of BBQ and the exotic foreign beer. – Elias from CBR Foodie

As a vegetarian, I always love the Nepalese momos. Plus drinking cocktails straight from any sort of hollowed out fruit – coconuts, pineapples, all of the above. Super kitsch, but I love it. – Bec from Inexplicable Wanderlust 

Loukoumades from the Greek ladies are always on my ‘must have’ list! – Lisa from My Capital Plate

I would love to hear what your favourite National Multicultural Festival food stall is in the comments below!

Photo credit: ACT Government 

A perfect pairing, sparkling wine and a summer picnic

A perfect pairing, sparkling wine and a summer picnic

A perfect pairing, sparkling wine and a summer picnic

A perfect pairing, sparkling wine and a summer picnic

A perfect pairing, sparkling wine and a summer picnic

A perfect pairing, sparkling wine and a summer picnic

A perfect pairing, sparkling wine and a summer picnic

A perfect pairing, sparkling wine and a summer picnic

A perfect pairing, sparkling wine and a summer picnic

A perfect pairing, sparkling wine and a summer picnic

A perfect pairing, sparkling wine and a summer picnic

Summer means long, hot nights spent with good friends, eating beautiful produce and indulging in a glass of sparkling wine…or two.

For me entertaining needs to be easy. I love simple recipes where the ingredients do the talking. I don’t want to spend all my time in the kitchen while everyone else is out having fun.

Last week I held a picnic to welcome the start of summer. We had it in our backyard with an old wooden pallet as a table. All of the dishes could be modified to easily host the same meal anyway you fancy – by the beach, your local park. All you need is access to a BBQ and an esky.

Our picnic centred around sparkling wine, specifically a bottle of Tasmanian Jansz*. I have always been a fan of Jansz, I still remember trying it for the first time three years ago when we first bought our house.

I have never tried to plan a meal to match a wine so I had to do a lot of research about what works well with sparkling wine especially the citrus notes of the Janz. My research suggested oily fish, salty food and ingredients with strong bodied flavours like truffle and duck.

Armed with this knowledge, some beautiful Tasmanian produce this was the menu for our first summer picnic, I highly recommend you try it yourself. It is a little bit decadent, while remaining simple, it lets the ingredients do the talking.

Entree:

Main:

Dessert:

  • I made Eton Mess for the first time and it was delicious and could be transported for a picnic very easily.  I used this recipe but you can really use any fruit that is in season.

I loved the challenge of designing a menu that matched a particular wine and look forward to putting more together over the months to come. Tell me what are your favourite picnic dishes?

Produce mentioned in this post with a * was gifted to me.

10 reasons to go to The Commons Street Feast

Commons Street Feast

The time has finally come, The Commons Street Feast is currently happening in Commonwealth Park until the 18th of December. I went Friday night and headed back again this afternoon, for you know, research purposes! This festival is honestly such a treat, the food of course is amazing but the atmosphere and space is also spot on. So if you are anything like me you don’t need a reason to check out a food festival but just in case my ten reasons you should go…

  1. There is plenty of seating! One thing I hate about some food festivals (cough the Multicultural Festival) is there is absolutely no where to sit and you have to try and juggle your food and drinks while somehow trying not to lose the people you went with. There are loads of picnic tables as well as space for your own picnic blanket.Commons Street Feast
  2. Mary’s Burgers. Enough said. If you haven’t had one before drop EVERYTHING and go immediately to Commonwealth Park and have two. I personally prefer the Mary’s Burger over the cheeseburger.
  3. Happy as Larry Margherita pizza, simple and delicious, sweet tomato base and the perfect cheese ratio.Commons Street Feast
  4. Lines and crowds (from my experience) are completely under control the longest we lined up was less then 5 minutes. There is a really relaxed atmosphere.
  5. BBQ’d meats there is absolutely no shortage of BBQ’d meats but I am hanging out for a bucket of ribs from The One.Commons Street Feast
  6. You can hire a butler! Even though the lines aren’t long if you want to completely treat yourself you can hire a butler for $50p/h who can order and deliver all your meals for you. They are also happy to pose for your Instagram photos which we all know is very important.
  7. They’re dog friendly! I am a crazy dog lady so the fact that the Commons is open to our four legged friends on Sunday the 18th, don’t even mention the costume competition, gets a big thumbs up from me.Commons Street Feast
  8. Pialligo Estate cheese and meat plates, oh em gee the blue cheese is out of this world and while you are there you muse well get a wine from the Rogue Wine Caravan.
  9. The homemade chocolate brownie and passionfruit slice from The Grace Caravan, yum yum if you are a cake fan.
    Commons Street Feast
  10. Ok, ok it has to be Messina, my favourite flavour is the American Chow Down, drool peanut butter!

Tell me have you been to the Commons Street Feast yet? Let me know what your favourite food was in the comments below.

*I attended the media launch of the Commons Street Feast on Friday 9 December – all opinions are my own.

Hiking Roy’s Peak, New Zealand

We had no intention of hiking Roy’s Peak on our New Zealand trip but after the Tongariro Alpine Crossing  we were keen to squeeze in more amazing day hikes. The New Zealand National Parks website lists Roy’s Peak as easy, I am not sure which ultra fit person wrote that listing but I am here to say it is far from easy but so, so rewarding!

Hiking Roy's Peak, New Zealand

We were in New Zealand in the middle of Summer so we knew we had to start hiking early. We got up at 5am so we could go via the Wanaka Tree and then on to the start of the hike. The start of the hike is about 11 minutes out of Wanaka and by the time we made it to the start it was about 6.15am. There was only a couple of cars in the carpark so we knew we were some of the first people to start the hike for the day. As a side note the hike is on private property and is closed from 1 October to 10 November for lambing season. There is a small donation box at the start of the hike to contribute to keeping the track in good condition.

Hiking Roy's Peak, New Zealand

 

Hiking Roy's Peak, New Zealand

The hike up is pure steep hill, our calves were already burning about 10 minutes in but we were committed to making it to the top. Luckily even though it is super tough right from the start, the views are also amazing right from the start. Watching the sunrise over Lake Wanaka was absolutely breathtaking. For the next two and a half hours we just gritted our teeth and pushed ourselves up the hill.  As we got closer to the top we could see that the peak was completely covered in fog. We crossed our fingers that it would move by the time we got there.

Hiking Roy's Peak, New Zealand

You have probably seen the amazing photos people take at Roy’s Peak – if not check out this link. I had assumed these photos were actually taken at the top… I was wrong.  It was slighlty heart crushing when we realised that we still had not made it to the top. The good thing is that it is not that much further, about another half an hour and we finally made it to the top… completely covered in fog!!

With a handful of other people we sat and waited, and waited and waited. Luckily I had read a review were a girl had waited at the top for hours for the fog to move when she finally decided to walk down within 100m of her descent the fog was completely gone. The fog had literally just been sitting right at the top of the peak like a little piece of candy floss. With this in mind we decided to go back down a little bit and it was exactly the same the fog was just sitting right on the top of the peak and under it was beautiful clear blue skies and views of Lake Wanaka.

Photos cannot do justice to the breathtaking scenery from the top of Roy’s Peak. It was worth every painstaking step.

Hiking Roy's Peak, New Zealand

Hiking Roy's Peak, New Zealand

Hiking Roy's Peak, New Zealand

On our way down the path was absolutely packed with tourists making there way up to the top of the peak. By this time (about 11am) it was nearly 27 degrees and we were so grateful that we had got up early and did the hike before the heat struck. It took us a little over two hours to get back to the bottom. The downhill was probably just as tough on our bodies as going up. My knees were pretty achey the next day. But seriously after 3 hours of pure uphill and the most amazing views of my life I was nearly skipping down.

Hiking Roy's Peak, New Zealand

Would I recommend hiking Roy’s Peak? In an absolute heart beat. All four of us have said it was one of the best things we did on our trip, it is super hard work but seriously rewarding! Helicopters are also available to take you to the top but if you have the ability to walk yourself it makes the view even more amazing because you have worked so hard to get there.


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Hiking Roy's Peak, New Zealand

Three tried and tested Canberra truffle experiences

There is only one month left of the Canberra truffle season, so many truffles, so little time (and money). Don’t worry though I have done some of the “hard work” for you and tried and tested three very different but unique Canberra truffle experiences to make your choice a whole lot easier. Even better all three restaurants featured source their truffles from right here in Canberra from Jason at The Truffle Farm Canberra.

Three tried and tested canberra truffle experiences

Trevs @ Dickson


I have been a fan of Trev’s “Taste Collective” for a long time (you can read previous posts here and here) so a visit to try the truffle based spin on the popular breakfast menu was a no brainer. What is the Taste Collective exactly? It is basically a breakfast tasting plate, no need to choose between sweet and savoury as you get a little bit of each. The Truffle Collective is obviously supercharged with Canberra truffles!

The Truffle Collective includes a porcini brioche slider slathered with truffle butter, truffled spinach eggs benedict and to finish truffled honey french toast. You also get a freshly squeezed juice of the day to wash it all down. Every element of the Truffle Collective was delicious but a week later I am still thinking about the porcini brioche. Mushrooms with truffle and butter really is the perfect combination.

The best thing is that Trev’s Truffle Collective is a super affordable way to take part in the Canberra Truffle Festival – the Truffle Collective is a very reasonable $25 which I personally belivee is great value for everything you get.

The Truffle Collective is available for weekday breakfast and weekend brunch.

Three tried and tested canberra truffle experiencesHelix Bar & Dining, Vibe Hotel


Forget what you know about restaurants in airport hotels; Helix Bar and Dining is modern and sleek with warm and hospitable staff and most importantly good food. Helix Bar and Dining changes the truffle menu every two weeks throughout the Canberra truffle season to compliment locally available produce. When we visited the standout dish for me was the truffle and artichoke soup ($21) – the two ingredients complimented each other perfectly in the creamy soup served in a flakey, fresh cob loaf. It just shows that simple is sometimes best!

The truffle menu is available from 6pm daily.

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Buvette, Bistro and Wine Bar


Buvette is quickly becoming one of my favourite Canberra restaurants and the truffle dinner only went on to further cement my love affair. I love the fresh and modern fit out, the friendly staff but also that their is a really relaxed, fun atmosphere despite being a top notch restaurant. The standout dishes from the truffle menu were the Double baked comte soufflé & truffle ($30) and the Warm cremeux D’argental, truffle, sourdourgh ($20). Can you tell I like cheese and truffle?

I highly recommend going with a friend and sharing the four options if you want to taste a little bit of everything. You can even try a truffle Bloody Mary- while I am not the biggest fan of Bloody Marys I could appreciate the earthiness of the truffle with the traditional Bloody Mary flavours, still not quite converted though.

The truffle menu is available from 6.30 – 9.30pm every Tuesday to Saturday evening.

*I ate as a guest of these restaurants, all opinions and recommendations are my own. 

The Terrace Restaurant, All Saints Estate, Rutherglen

All Saints Estate, Rutherglen

Last weekend we packed our bags and headed to Beechworth in north eastern Victoria (about four hours from Canberra) for a weekend of wine and cheese. Visiting this area has been on my bucket list for ages so it was so nice to finally make the trip. We were staying in Beechworth but decided to make a detour through Rutherglen to visit All Saints Estate and eat at the one-hatted Terrace restaurant.

All Saints Estate, Rutherglen

When you arrive at All Saints Estate you are greeted by a beautiful long drive way lined with elm trees that are currently a striking yellow. I imagine they will soon be bare as we head into the middle of winter. We arrived at about 1.15pm but our booking wasn’t until 2pm. Luckily, there is lots to do at All Saints Estate including a dedicated cheese factory. We also decided to do a wine tasting before lunch so we could choose which wine to have with our meal. We were both fans of the All Saints Estate Prosecco and the Shiraz.

All Saints Estate, Rutherglen

The Terrace restaurant is literally located on the terrace to the cellar door. You can easily imagine how beautiful it would be in summer with the partitions up sitting in the open air looking over the vineyards. The menu at The Terrace is curated by Head Chef Simon Arkless and largely influenced by his European heritage. I had read other reviews online that said bookings were essential but the restaurant was very quiet when we were there. Considering it was a Friday in the middle of winter it is hardly surprising but I am glad we booked just in case. Our waitress was extremely warm and welcoming and let us choose where we would like to sit which is always nice for a blogger – lighting is king!

All Saints Estate, Rutherglen

We had the option of two courses for $60 (with matching wines $80) or three courses for $80 (matching wines $110). We decided to share an entree and dessert and have our own mains. We also decided against matching wines as one of us needed to drive so both ordered a glass of the shiraz. Apparently a lot of people choose to do this and we weren’t made to feel “cheap” at all which is nice when you are dining at a fancy restaurant.

All Saints Estate, Rutherglen

To start we were brought bread that had been baked at the restaurant that morning with smoked butter. So simple but so delicious. We were off to a good start. Our beetroot tarte tartin arrived next which was made of layered beetroot and flakey, buttery pastry accompanied perfectly with a goats cheese. We both really enjoyed this dish.

All Saints Estate, Rutherglen

For the main I had the lamb cooked three ways, one of which was crumbed lamb belly which I had never had before and thoroughly enjoyed. The lamb is from the All Saints Estate property in true paddock to plate style. The lamb was accompanied by a pureed pea sauce that I could have drank out of a cup. Alesha had the pork belly which was perfectly tender and the skin crispy. We both agreed however that the lamb was the clear winner. We were also given more of the fresh bread to mop up the sauces.

All Saints Estate, Rutherglen

We finished our meal with a rich hazelnut chocolate dessert with salted caramel. It really was the perfect end to a superb meal. Reading back over this review I sound like I am raving a little bit but I really cannot fault the whole experience we had at All Saints Estate and in particular the meal at The Terrace. We left very full and a bundle of wine, cheese and our own slab of smoked butter.

All Saints Estate, Rutherglen

I highly recommend heading to All Saints Estate if you are ever in Rutherglen…. it is also a pretty perfect halfway point if you are driving between Canberra and Melbourne, the perfect excuse for a break from driving!

A weekend roadtrip, Some Cafe, Collector

A weekend roadtrip, Some Cafe, Collector

Now that I work for myself on Thursdays I have a little more flexibility with my routine. This includes the ability to take the occasional midweek road trip with my best #ladyboss friend Zoe. Last week, despite the rain, we decided to drive out to Collector to try Some Cafe. Some Cafe only opened five months ago but has already been appearing all over social media. Some Cafe has been very clever and positioned itself as the perfect stop-off on the way between Canberra and Sydney. With no Sydney trips in the near future we took matters into our own hands and made a special trip.

A weekend roadtrip, Some Cafe, Collector

A weekend roadtrip, Some Cafe, Collector

Some cafe is open Thursday to Sunday which makes the most of the weekend traffic. The cafe is well signposted, you would struggle to miss it as you get to Collector, just off the Federal Highway, about 50kms out of Canberra. The Cafe is beautiful, light and bright and we were warmly welcomed by owner Oliver. A counter full of baked goods, is at the front of the cafe and a row of chairs and tables line the other wall. The small kitchen can be seen through a window next to the dining space. There is also a larger room out the back that would be beautiful for functions.

A weekend roadtrip, Some Cafe, Collector

A weekend roadtrip, Some Cafe, Collector

The menu is small so that it can change regularly to accomodate local produce that is in season. We shared a cheese,tomato and ham toastie on sourdough with a pickle on the side. For our sweet tooth we shared the waffles with strawberries and ice cream. The food was simple but delicious. You could tell that high quality ingredients had been used. For example the ham on our sandwich was thickly cut leg ham and the sourdough bread was thick, crispy and fresh. Also our waffles weren’t sickeningly sweet, just the right amount of maple syrup and ice cream was used. Our chai and coffee was also spot on (they have Bonsoy so get a double thumbs up from me). I didn’t take note of the individual prices of our meals but it was about $30 for two hot drinks and our meals, definitely country prices!

A weekend roadtrip, Some Cafe, Collector

We couldn’t leave without grabbing a brownie for the road, the cake cabinet was just too tempting! Some Cafe is a beautiful modern cafe with country charm in the small town of Collector that I will definitely be stopping back at next time we are travelling to Sydney… or just next time a midweek mini road trip is needed.

Harvest Society, Autumn in the Orchard

The Harvest Society, Autumn in the Orchard

The Harvest Society, Autumn in the Orchard

On a cool and cloudy Canberra afternoon I made my way out to Tanbella Orchard in Pialligo for the very first Harvest Society event. As we arrived at the Orchard we were greeted with sparkling apple juice by the two vibrant creative’s behind the Harvest Society, Lean and Kate. It was hard to believe we were only minutes from the city as the apple orchard rolled out in front of us. I love that after living in Canberra for ten years there are still places I don’t even know about.

The Harvest Society, Autumn in the Orchard

We received a linen bag, handmade by Kate to go and pick our apples. Tanbella is the only orchard in Canberra where you can pick your own apples. Rachi, Bec and I had a great time choosing our apples, taking numerous photos and then weighing our apples at the beautifully styled weighing station.

The Harvest Society, Autumn in the Orchard

It was then time to feast on the beautiful picnic set amongst the apple trees. Toffee apples, beautiful cheese from the Essential Ingredient, fresh breads, a delicious fig spread and not to mention radishes topped with butter and sea salt. As we ate delicious food, we had great conversations about current life, future plans and connected over important things like Instagram and Snapchat. As the rain started to settle in it was time to go but not without  vowing to return for the next Harvest Society event.

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The Harvest Society, Autumn in the Orchard

I am so excited for the many more future Harvest Society events the ethos of which is to gather ‘creatively diverse yet like-hearted individuals together for beautiful, seasonal and immersive events in celebration of our local harvests.’ It is often hard to find ways to connect with like minded people and the Harvest Society provides the perfect opportunity to do just that whilst also enjoying seasonal produce in a beautiful location. I love watching the Canberra creative community to continue to grow!

The Harvest Society, Autumn in the Orchard

If you want to find out about the next Harvest Society event you can email hello@harvestsociety.com.au to be added to their mailing list.

A weekend at the Batlow Cider Festival

A weekend at the Batlow Cider Festival

Batlow is about two and a half hours from Canberra with a population of 1700 people. Batlow produces approximately 10% of Australia’s apples (1.6 million cases of apples a year). The Batlow Cider Festival started in 2012 as a way to recreate the street party atmosphere of traditional European events and to celebrate Batlow’s 120 years of apple production. I love country towns and I love festivals, so when I heard about the Batlow Cider Festival it went straight onto my bucket list and this year we finally managed to make it there.

A weekend at the Batlow Cider Festival

On our way to Batlow we decided to stop in at Sugar Pine Walk located in the Bago State Forest about 5 minutes south of Batlow. The walk is less then 500m but it is so beautiful to be surrounded by the large pine trees and the quiet of the forest. There are lots of longer hikes that you can do in the forest which means you can easily make a weekend out of coming to Batlow for the Cider Festival.

A weekend at the Batlow Cider Festival

A weekend at the Batlow Cider Festival

When we arrived at the Cider Festival at midday (the festival started at 10am) it was absolutely pumping. Big tip make sure you already have cash, we didn’t and there was a huge line for the one and only ATM at the festival. Once we had money it was time for a quick pork and apple sauce roll (the only food stall without a huge line) and time to start tasting the cider.

A weekend at the Batlow Cider FestivalFirst up we tried the Granny Smith Cider from the Apple Thief. This was my favourite cider of the day, crisp and dry, slighty tart, very refreshing.  We then moved on to Jolly Miller Cider, which is made just outside of Canberra at Gundaroo. The Jolly Miller Cider was also quite dry and crisp and full bodied. Most likely because Ron Miller makes his cider like wine, on vintage, meaning it ends up more flavoursome but with a much higher alcohol content of 7% compared to 4.5%. The final cider we tried was the pear cider from The Cheeky Grog Co, this cider was much sweeter then the other ciders with berry and floral flavours.

A weekend at the Batlow Cider Festival

Unfortunately we were a little disappointed with the food at the festival. The lines for everything were huge and also the pressure on the small number of food stalls did seem to affect the quality. I imagine as the festival continues to grow these little kinks will be ironed out. Also if you have plans to take home a famous Batlow apple pie get in early as all the stalls had sold out when we went searching for one at about 2.30pm.

A weekend at the Batlow Cider Festival

Overall, the Batlow Cider Festival was a great day out, with a big community feel, there was plenty of cider on offer and I am sure in the years to come the festival will only get bigger and better!

If you are keen to go next year it will be held on 20 May 2017.

Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar’s Petite Feast, Barton

Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar's Petite Feast, Barton

A few weeks ago I was invited to try Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar’s ‘Petit Feast’. at The Petit Feast takes place on Saturday’s between 11.30am and 2.30pm. For $65p/p you receive two courses, a selection of savoury followed by sweet treats and a glass of rose.

Buvette is located under Hotel Realm in Barton. The fit out of Buvette is sleek, white and bright with tables on the outside lined up against the windows so you are looking out onto the street, ala Paris. I can definitely imagine spring days being spent out on that balcony with a glass of sparkling watching the afternoon pass by. Despite the sleekness of the fit out the atmosphere at Buvette is relaxed – there was a mix of diners including families with young children, couples and groups of friends eating.

Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar's Petite Feast, Barton

On arrival we were served a glass of Mount Majura Vineyard Rose. Despite not being a huge Rose drinker I have to admit this was the perfect wine to have over lunch, light and fruity. To start we were served two natural oysters – Brendan doesn’t like oysters so I was able to have them both to myself. They were fresh and salty, a perfect start. The oysters were followed by the arrival of our first course, the savoury board. The board included numerous pastries, including quiches, meat pies and finger sandwiches that are made on site at Buvette. There was also charcuterie, cheese and olives that came from a range of locations both national and international.  The serving was extremely generous and everything was fresh and presented beautifully. We are both savoury people and impressively nearly finished the whole plate.

Following our first course was the important decision of whether or not to have another drink? The bottomless mimosas ($15) were definitely tempting however we decided that a glass of sparkling would be the perfect accompaniment to our sweets course.

Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar's Petite Feast, Barton

Our sweets course included a selection of 8 mini desserts each. They were presented beautifully and it took me a few minutes to decide what to try first. The desserts included mini tartlets, profiteroles, friands, macaroons, tiramisu (my favourite) scones and chocolate tartlets.

The only thing I would change about the experience is that while the number of cakes is impressive and makes for beautiful photos, there is probably too much. I was saddened to look around and see all the wasted food people were leaving (I took our leftovers in a doggie bag). Instead maybe asking people what four (five?) cakes they would like to try would go some way to lessening the amount of waste and would still look beautiful and be very good value in my eyes.  Otherwise encouraging people to take away their leftovers would be another great way to minimise wastage.

‘Petit Feast’ at Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar was an indulgent afternoon that I cannot wait to spoil friends or family with in the future. The food was plentiful and of extremely high quality, I was extremely impressed with the service and the attention to detail.

*Brendan and I dined as guests of Buvette, opinions are my own.

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