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Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2010

by Simon on December 13, 2010

Food bloggers from around Sydney gather at the second annual Sydney Food Blogger’s Christmas Picnic, a social event organised by the high profile food bloggers from Grab Your Fork and Chocolatesuze.

Held at Centennial Park on a nigh-on-perfect summer’s day, it was an awesome afternoon of food, fun & Christmas present. 

Over sixty food bloggers descended onto Centennial Park with a plate of food in one hand and a secret santa/Kris Kringle present in the other.

The beautiful macaron tower was made by Cleony from I Eat Sweet. Awesome effort that I’m sure Adriano Zumbo would even be proud of.

As with all food blogger gatherings that I’ve ever attended, there’s a distinct bias towards the sweet dishes over savoury ones, like these simple but ultra cute strawberry santas by Ayana.

There were also “food blogger olympics”, with various challenges and a Kris Kringle game that went on for hours, or at least it felt it did.

Check out Helen’s account of the food blogger olympics and more at Grab Your Fork.

As the way these things always go, it was an awesome day of catching up with old friends, food, meeting some new ones, food, fun activities, food, presents and the obligatory group photo.

Oh, and food.

A big thanks to Helen & Suze for making this an even better Christmas picnic than last year, and to all the food bloggers in attendance for the great food!

Edit: Credit and thanks to StarLoz‘s dad for taking the group photo for us!

Feel free to check out the account of the inaugural Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic.

For any food bloggers wanting to get their hands on the group photo for their blog post, please feel free to download a copy of the photo above. No prior permission required.

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Rhonda (The Dainty Baker) December 13, 2010 at 9:16 am

What an awesome day!! so fun and so much food as per usual! loving the group pic :)

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Simon December 14, 2010 at 12:14 am

Can’t think of one of these that wasn’t awesome :)

Oh, that reminds me. I really should update the post to give credit where credit’s due, cause it was Loz’s dad that took the photo.

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MelbaToast December 13, 2010 at 9:27 am

Great recap of such a great afternoon. I don’t think we got to chat at the picnic other than a brief hello. Next time! Thanks for sharing the group photo too – much appreciated.

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Simon December 14, 2010 at 12:14 am

If that. Will definitely have to catch up properly next time :)

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thang@noodlies December 13, 2010 at 9:47 am

oh how gorgeous, at wonderful pics… the group shots look great and I’m even smiling there! Sorry didn’t get a chance to chat… too many people to all around!

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Simon December 14, 2010 at 12:15 am

There’s always next time :)

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chocolatesuze December 13, 2010 at 11:22 am

ahahaha first to attack the tower of happiness!

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Simon December 14, 2010 at 12:16 am

Lol! Must have been hard to resist as long as you did :)

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Margaret | fangirlish December 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm

For some reason, I’ll never stop feeling so smiley when I see the faces behind the food blogging community I love so much. Thanks for posting up such lovely pics of the event =]

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Simon December 14, 2010 at 12:26 am

I guess it’s nice to know that the people you follow are just ordinary people, for the most part :)

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penny aka jeroxie December 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm

We melbournians are way too lazy!

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Simon December 14, 2010 at 12:32 am

Well, you have a whole year now to plan for your inaugural Melbourne Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic (or equivalent event).

Between you and Shelly, I’m sure you could pull off a killer picnic, if the Mad Hatter’s picnic was anything to go by :)

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Sara @ Belly Rumbles December 13, 2010 at 1:24 pm

What a great day, always so fun to see everyone. Loved the macaron tower, so so delicious.

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Simon December 14, 2010 at 12:33 am

Macaron tower was so awesome, with the Macaron & cupcake tower coming a close second :P

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Karen December 13, 2010 at 3:33 pm

That macaron tower looks amazing!

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Simon December 14, 2010 at 12:34 am

Tastes awesome too! :)

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Wendy @ Obesebaby December 13, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Thanks for the Group pic Simon! It was a awsome day and looking forward for the next meet up =)

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Simon December 14, 2010 at 12:36 am

No problem at all.

Until then, hey? :)

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eatmarvin December 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Hi Simon! Thank you for letting us use the Group Picture. Happy Holidays! :)

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Simon December 14, 2010 at 12:36 am

Merry Christmas to you too :)

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Ayana December 13, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Thanks for the photo Simon!
I managed to snap up the very last of your croquettes!!

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Simon December 14, 2010 at 12:23 am

Lucky you! I’m so surprised with how quickly they went considering what they were. Looked away just for a moment and they were gone :)

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angie December 13, 2010 at 9:38 pm

It was great to see you again Simon! And I think the stand in photographer did a mighty good job with the group photo – under your instruction of course =D

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angie December 13, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Oh and I am sad I didn’t get to try any of your creations =(

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Simon December 14, 2010 at 12:22 am

You didn’t miss out on much. Wasn’t anything particularly inspired or interesting.

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FFichiban December 13, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Awesome smorgasbord of food as usual

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Simon December 14, 2010 at 12:20 am

As always.

I’m waiting for the day when savouries outdoes sweets.

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Clarissa @ Eat My Shots! December 13, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Hey Simon from The Heart of Food! So sorry for confusing you Simons’! I wll not forget now! :)

Thanks for sharing and letting us the awesome group photo!!!

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Simon December 14, 2010 at 12:20 am

You better not missy! :P hehe

Something I forgot to mention on your post, some seriously awesome shots in your post.

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Vivian - vxdollface December 17, 2010 at 11:35 pm

your croquettes were a hit! i snagged the second last one :P recipe share?

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Simon December 18, 2010 at 12:24 am

One of the lucky few from what I understand. Heard that they went pretty quickly.

I improvised so there’s not really a recipe to it. However, for a basic overview:

1. To 500g minced pork, add approx. 1 tbsp of mirin, 1 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tsp of sugar, whites of 1 egg and salt & pepper to taste. The mince mix will be quite sloppy and barely hold together. Fry small portions of the mince to taste that it’s properly seasoned.
2. Leave to marinaded mince in fridge for approx 1 hr. to firm a little.
3. Round into small patties and place onto flat tray covered with cling film in a single layer (to prevent sticking) as they’re shaped. Freeze until rock solid. If you want to incorporate cheese, make a hole with a finger into the patty and insert cube of cheese before freezing.
4. Setup bread crumb station with flour, egg wash (2-3 eggs + left over yolk from separated egg with approx. 1 tbsp milk per egg) & panko bread crumbs.
5. Coat frozen patty in flour, egg, flour, egg & bread crumbs in that order. If patties become soft and hard to manange, freeze until firm once again.
6. Deep fry in medium hot frying oil until golden brown. Serve with tonkatsu sauce, or whatever other sauce you prefer.

Hope the recipe works out if you try it.

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