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Sydney Food Bloggers Picnic 2012

Fortune favours the brave, so they say. While playing chicken with mother nature is hardly worthy of a Cross of Valour, in the face of ominously overcast skies and a reported 90% chance of rain it does take a certain kind of passion (or perhaps crazy) to roll the dice given the odds and attend this year’s annual Sydney Food Bloggers Picnic.

However, the promise of a feast of eclectic and epicurean delights is the siren’s call for many food bloggers and food lovers alike, the weather be damned. An opportunity to mingle with old friends, fellow peers, and an ever growing and diversifying group of newcomers that weathers away at the recently minted, yet long held stereotype, of the FAB (female Asian blogger).

Our delightful hosts of Chocolatesuze and Helen from Grab Your Fork and crowd of 68 strong gathered on the lush open fields of Centennial Park, throwing caution to Sydney’s uncharacteristic moody bout of any-season-but-Summer.

The food. Wow, the food. As with picnics from previous years, a sumptuous spread was laid out, one that would satisfy gourmets and gourmands alike. Most of it homemade and all of it good.

From humble roast beef or Reuben sandwiches, mini quiches, meatballs and tuna pastries, to lavish pork sausage rolls with a fabulous tomato sauce, and not one but two paella, pan and all. There’s the child-like whimsy of fairy bread and freshly torch-toasted choc-malt and lemon sherbet marshmallows (the latter of which was mind-blowingly good). Bacon in many incarnations, from a traditional application as hors d’oeuvres blankets, the less conventional beer and bacon bread, to the outright whacky and yet strangely understandable use in a peanut butter cake with maple bacon.

As always, there were also a countless assortment of cakes, tarts, biscuits and other sweet treats. It was rather balanced this year by food blogging standards, with the sweets making up around half of the picnic dishes. An artfully decorated browned butter apple pound cake, gooey brownies with swirls of raw cookie dough, and cupcakes with pandan icing. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup tarts, refreshing mango jelly, and cute little ants made from candy. There’s donuts with maple cream, as well as choux puffs with pastry cream, both of which were insanely good.

As for the weather, the heavens did eventually open up and cast a shower over Centennial Park and across Sydney. However, by that stage there was no parade to rain on; no spirits to dampen; no picnic to ruin.

Fortune did indeed favour the brave that day, a great day filled with awesome food and some great company. What a fantastic way to kick off a new year of fun, friends and food blogging.

Here’s to an awesome 2012. Cheers!

For more on this wonderful food-filled day, a growing list of food blogger’s accounts can be found at end of Chocolatesuze’s picnic post. You’ll also find a full list of attendees with links to their respective food blogs.

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  • Food is our religion January 16, 2012, 4:37 pm

    So glad the weather held up! It was great to meet you in person. Hope to see you at future events :)

    • Simon January 16, 2012, 4:50 pm

      It was a pleasure to have met you too. Until next time, no? :)

  • Gaby January 16, 2012, 4:39 pm

    Great recap Simon! Thanks a lot for the group photo, took a while but was worth it :)

    • Simon January 16, 2012, 4:51 pm

      Good things comes to those who wait :)

  • catty January 16, 2012, 4:39 pm

    It looked like such an amazing day! Wish I was there! (damn friend’s 3yr old having a party on the same day). Lucky the weather held out though I dont think any rain would have stopped the mahooosive eating!

    • Simon January 16, 2012, 4:55 pm

      There will always be other picnics, gatherings etc. :)

      The weather held out like it was scripted. Only started raining a short while after the picnic was over so we did pretty well.

  • Ramen Raff January 16, 2012, 4:45 pm

    Welcome back to blogging dude! The picnic was heaps fun! It was nice catching up with you & everyone else. See ya at future events, lunches & dinners! Photos looks awesome as always Simon :)

    • Simon January 16, 2012, 4:57 pm

      Your paella was awesome too! Man, kudos for the effort.

      It was a pleasure to catch-up as always :)

  • daphne January 16, 2012, 4:59 pm

    i’m just droooooling over that paella….Looked like fun! Great pics, Simon!

    • Simon January 16, 2012, 11:11 pm

      Both the paella were good. Not at all surprising that there wasn’t all that much left in the end :)

  • JB January 16, 2012, 5:24 pm

    Wow. Your photos are stunning!
    JB recently posted..Sydney Food Bloggers Picnic 2012, Centennial Park

    • Simon January 16, 2012, 11:12 pm

      Thanks! Shame we didn’t meet. Something to sort out for next time :)

  • Tina@foodboozeshoes January 16, 2012, 5:46 pm

    Well done on the group pics and remembering all that food!

    • Simon January 16, 2012, 11:12 pm

      I don’t even think that was all of it!

  • chocolatesuze January 16, 2012, 9:42 pm

    so much food! mmm food coma yumyum thanks for the group photo simon!

    • Simon January 16, 2012, 11:13 pm

      No problem. Next time I’ll have to look into bringing the tripod along.

  • sugarpuffi January 16, 2012, 10:51 pm

    aww my fairy bread made it to your blog :P so glad the weather held up but we got soaked in the end anyway haha. great catching up with you for tacos and drinks later ^^

    • Simon January 16, 2012, 11:15 pm

      lol! I said fortune favours the brave. I didn’t say that it always did :P

  • Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) January 16, 2012, 11:03 pm

    I’ve missed reading stuff here! Perhaps back to a slightly more frequent schedule of blogging, deadlines permitting?

    Bummed I missed out on Karen’t sausage rolls and tomato sauce =( And I absolutely have to ask, did you brace the peanut butter and bacon combo?

    • Simon January 16, 2012, 11:19 pm

      I very much intend to, so we’ll see how things play out. After the time away from it due to course work and the conference, I missed it too.

      Unfortunately, I never did get to try the cake. Hopefully another time, as peanut butter and bacon does sound like an intriguing combo :)

  • Chris January 16, 2012, 11:17 pm

    welcome back from not being away ish… (?) haha. So much food, too small a stomach, that’s why it’s so fun to see what everyone else ate. Thanks for the group shot!

    • Simon January 16, 2012, 11:22 pm

      Thank you for the awesome toasted lemon sherbet marshmallows. It’s given me ideas for future brulee augmentations :)

  • Helen (Grab Your Fork) January 17, 2012, 1:40 am

    Thanks for the group photo. Work, you little remote, work! lol

    • Simon January 17, 2012, 10:17 am

      That’s what you get with going generic. At least that’s my excuse :P

  • Hotly Spiced January 17, 2012, 7:19 am

    I was so sorry to miss the event but so pleased for everyone who did go, that it didn’t rain. Hasn’t this been the strangest summer! I’m very much looking forward to the next get-together and hope to be able to put a face to my virtual friends. Great post!

    • Simon January 17, 2012, 10:15 am

      Shame you weren’t able to make it but there will always be a next time. Until then :)

  • Tina @ bitemeshowme January 17, 2012, 7:57 am

    DIMPLES DIMPLES DIMPLES! Welcome back to blogging and I love the come back post. It was great to meet you and let’s hope I’ll see you again soon :)

    • Simon January 17, 2012, 10:14 am

      Is it me or my dimples that you hope to see soon…? : \

      lol! It was a pleasure to meet you and thanks for the comment. I’m sure we’ll bump into each other soon enough :)

  • Heather January 17, 2012, 10:33 am

    I’ve subscribed to so many food blogs to keep me going now that I’m back home. Don’t get me wrong, there are some nice places here, but nothing will ever beat exploring food in Oz. I just ate dinner but the pics and words above have me ready to run to the kitchen to whip something else up. Glad you all got together for the annual picnic. I love reading about it from my side of the world :-)

    • Simon January 17, 2012, 10:49 am

      Occupational hazard of reading blogs I’m afraid :)

      I guess the grasses is always greener on the otherside but whose to say that you won’t be back for another run…?

      Great to hear from you, as always :)

  • Christine January 17, 2012, 11:56 am

    Great post and beautiful photos! Love the group pic at the end. What a great day it was.. Was great to meet you!!! :) Hope to do a class with you sometime soon ^^

    • Simon January 17, 2012, 7:31 pm

      Thanks! It was a pleasure to meet you too. Certainly keep an eye out for class announcements.

  • Food Lover January 17, 2012, 3:55 pm

    Any way we can see a bigger version of the group shot. Can we click through to a bigger version on Flickr or something?

  • Sara (Belly Rumbles) January 17, 2012, 6:17 pm

    I agree with Rita, I missed reading stuff here too!

    Weren’t we a lucky bunch of little blogger regarding the rain. What an awesome day indeed.

    Thanks again for doing an awesome group photo, nice to capture us all as one group.

  • Flick Your Food January 18, 2012, 1:32 pm

    Great photos Simon.
    It was a great day, meeting everyone! Im happy the rain stayed away.

    • Simon January 19, 2012, 2:51 pm

      Thanks! Glad the rain just held out long enough for the picnic to be unaffected :)

  • Vivian - vxdollface January 18, 2012, 6:12 pm

    Love your shots :) Great seeing you again x

  • Rhonda | Dainty January 19, 2012, 2:37 pm

    Brillant sum up!! Was lovely to see you again :) must organise more eating escapades coz im not sure this annual hello and catch up is enough!

    • Simon January 19, 2012, 2:53 pm

      It was pleasure to catch up, as well eat your awesome pate choux.

      Please feel free to organise a meetup sometime. Would love to hear more about your time o/s :)

  • Nic@diningwithastud February 2, 2012, 12:21 pm

    Gutted I missed out :( cant wait for the next one!! :)
    Nic@diningwithastud recently posted..SOY Japanese Restaurant – Bondi

    • Simon February 3, 2012, 6:11 am

      If not then, I’m sure there will be something else on sooner :)

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