Monday, 24 November 2014

Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2014, Olympic Park

It's happening again!
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Ham at Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2014

This time, we had a shade. And the spread was even more glorious than before. This year's Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic was held in Hill Pavilion, thanks to the hard work of Suze and Helen. We desperately needed the shade because the mother nature decided to throw up to 40-degree heat to us yesterday.

Another case of 'nothing stands between food bloggers and food'. Not even a sweltering day.

More than 70 food bloggers turned up to prove that theory, and everyone brought a plate or a cup or a bowl or a tray to share. And let me just say to whoever brought the cider: THANK YOU.

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Name tags

All kinds of food were served and nobody touched any before everyone had done taking pictures.

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First table spread

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Second table spread

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Army of food bloggers!

My contribution this year was the same as last year's. Lemper; brought back by popular demand. Hopefully everyone liked it!

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My contribution: lemper

Somehow the food items were a notch fancier than before, especially with this ham/terrine I declared my love to from the first bite. Whoever made this, bless your soul.

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Ham/terrine (?)

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Spicy pork crackling

Chilli kale chips by Shanshan were also a highlight for me. They were very addictive, salty, and had exciting fiery bites.

Another one that I couldn't stop dreaming of was Emily's potato salad. I didn't take photo because I was too busy stuffing as much of it into my mouth as possible, but oh man, it was pure heaven. Cheesy, creamy, and full of carbs goodness.

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Chilli kale chips by Food is our religion

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Massaman beef empanadas by Random Meals

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'Ehmagerd so good I die' moment with the empanada

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Cheese & chive bread by Christine (Cooking Crusade) (so incredibly tasty and fluffy!)

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Photobombing

And we all know that food bloggers love their sugar. All the desserts were super pretty! I tip my hats to those who made such effort!

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Strawberry Nesquik cheesecake shooters by Crystal Noir

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Fancy Santa cookies and milk by The Sweet Lab

Raff's macarons were probably the first ones that were demolished. I think I saw people elbowing each other just to get a taste of his extraordinary macs.

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Thai milk tea and pistachio macarons by the mighty Ramen Raff

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Red velvet cake

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Dark chocolate and tahini brownies by Ms Brulee

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Chocolate ganache tart with strawberries

Hamburger cupcakes came late but drew everyone's attention right away. I had to double take when I first saw it because I wasn't sure if it was real burger or a keychain.. Turned out it was a cupcake.

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Hamburger cupcakes by Oh, Burger Me

Nothing can stand between Vanny and her hamburger cupcake.

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The love is real

Here came the funniest part of the picnic: stealing and manipulating just to get the presents we want! I managed to get a lens mug (thanks, secret Santa!) that I had been eying for three years, but everyone seemed to be more interested in the teapots. And waffle maker. And cheeseboard. And mason jars.

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Secret Santa time!

We took millions of selfies courtesy of the selfie stick (best invention ever), but we wrapped things up with the obligatory group photo.

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#sydfbxmas2014 (photo credit goes to Rosa)

As always, it was so much fun sharing good food and drinks with other food enthusiasts, and of course, putting faces to blog names. Glad to meet you all, guys, and looking forward for the next year picnic!

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30 comments:

  1. Damn I didn't get a chance to say hi to you. Those lempers were so AMAZING btw!!! The selfie stick was certainly working overtime yesterday :D

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    1. I was the one yelling 'I love you t-shirt' when you got your present LOL. Oh yeah, we all love selfie stick! It sure won't retire anytime soon :p

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  2. Yay!! Was such a lovely picnic :) I made the cheese/chive bread btw. Woohoo it made it onto someone's blog hehehehe.

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    1. The bread was really amazing! Recipe please :)

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  3. It was nice meeting you, Isaac from iFat!

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    1. Right back at you, Irene from Irene's Getting Fat!

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  4. great wrapup, thanks so much for coming!

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  5. Oh man, really wanted to go, such devastation that I couldn't make it! All the people, all the food! Till 2015 then!

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    1. Oh Michael, you missed out! Next year I'll drag you out myself!

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  6. The lempers are always a hit! And Where are the selfies! I missed out on this years' lemper :( Butr I'm sure I'll grab next time. And lucky you, I was really into trying to get a teapot! What a successful day! :D

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    1. So which teapot did you end up getting? And noooo sorry you missed out on lemper! Let's catch up and I can bring you some!

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  7. Duuuuude! Your lempers are amazing!! First time I've had em and it won't be the last lol where can I get ones as good as yours?

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    1. Not better than your macs, that's for sure! ;) should I send you the maker's contact num?

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  8. I literally got the last lemper! So glad I did! Thanks for coming :)

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    1. Yay! We can meet up at UTS anytime and I can bring you some, Helen!

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  9. The food looks delicious and I admire the effort that everyone went through. Maybe some day I'll join in.

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  10. Dear Irene,

    Your lemper looks absolutely delicious and I love dipping them into a thick chicken curry gravy.

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    1. That is unusual LOL. The lemper itself is already quite dense & thick! :)

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  11. Aw, thanks for the kind comment Irene! I'm glad you enjoyed the potato salad (yes, a sharer of my love for carbs!). Shame we didn't speak more since I arrived late. Hope to see you around!

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    1. I know :( let's do some catch up soon! And OMG your potato salad: BEST!!

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  12. Thank you for the lempers! They were the first thing I dug in for knowing how amazing they were last year ;)

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    1. Hahaha, my pleasure! Glad to know people enjoyed them!

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  13. Hopefully we can make it next year. We missed out cos we were all working on this day :|

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    1. Oh no, what a shame. Looking forward to meet you guys next year at the picnic! :)

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  14. Looks like a great time was had by all!

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