From humble beginnings in 2011, Forage has grown year by year. Today there were 1,500 enthusiastic Foragers making the most of lovely autumnal weather and the incredible food and wine on offer.
|Loaded up with food and wine tickets|
Canapé 1. A lovely fresh start.
|Char Sui Canowindra Pork on Crispy Wonton Salad with|
Five Spice Dressing
Highland Heritage Estate
Canapé 2. Big on taste.
|Country Terrine and Toasts with|
Pureed Pickled Pears
Three kangaroos entertained us early on. It's really quite dry and dusty this year.
The soup station is the first big station where people start to linger. I can never photograph soup in a cup all that well, but the Chinese Carbeen Chicken and Apple Soup was fab. Union Bank Wine Bar.
Intrepid Foragers heading for station 4 and the pies.
Pie- the pie was especially fabulous today. Perfectly flaky pastry and particularly delicious filling.
|Wild Mushroom Pie with|
Roasted Leeks and Dutch Cream Potatoes
The Agrestic Grocer
Bucolic beauty abounds.
I do love a new variety of fruit. Kanzi apples are delicious! A lovely Gala Braeburn hybrid.
Main Course- amazing falling apart lamb.
|Slow Cooked Lamb Neck with|
Smokey Parmesan Polenta and
Slaw and Maple, Rosemary and Mustard Mop Sauce
Smoking Brothers Catering
I wasn't drinking (although everyone else does...)
|There's two or three fabulous local wines|
at every station.
Brangayne's Tristan a very popular
accompaniment to lunch.
Sorbet- this was outstanding.
|Hand Pressed Shiraz Sorbet|
Sadly it was too dark for me to take a decent picture of the fabulous dessert from Edwena Michell Catering- Hazelnut and Brown Sugar Financier with Roasted Figs, Borenore Strawberries and White Chocolate Cream. That cream was amazing. I didn't get to the cheese station this year, but it was another sensational day, with bus loads of merry Foragers heading back into town with memories of another fabulous Forage.
Looking back at previous Forage experiences... it's really fascinating to see both the different foods and wines, and also the fluctuations in the landscape, green and lush some years, browned and dusty other times.
I can't wait for next year already.
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