Saturday, March 15, 2014

Festa della Vendemmia, 2014

When an email popped up from Slow Food Mildura informing me that tickets for Festa della Vendemmia - Feast of the Grape Harvest were once again on sale I scrambled to book immediately.  Arrangements for children, accommodation, travel and dining companions would eventually fall into place, I hoped.  




This would be our second dinner at the Garreffa family vineyard.  The 2013 event featured on my blog here, apologies in advance if this post feels like deja vu.

As we found our seats on the long tables alongside old and new friends we felt the enormous table grapes literally bumping our heads, a reminder that we were dining in a very unique location.     




Together with locally made wine and beer the menu included cured meats made from free-range pigs, traditionally made antipasti, pillowy rabbit ravioli, slow roasted lamb and a dense cake featuring local carrots accompanied by an intriguing eggplant sauce.


To end our evening we helped ourselves to a massive wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano surrounded by muscatels.  The happy crowd were drawn to the smell of coffee as tiny cups of affogato with Frangelico semi-freddo were assembled in front of our eyes.  Heading into the darkness to board our bus I realised my handbag and camera were covered in a shower of icing sugar from the hand-made crostoli.  Such is life.  



Thank you to Slow Food Mildura and the Garreffa family for this truly beautiful event.  To be surrounded by people who are passionate about growing, making and sharing real food has once again filled my mind with thoughts, ideas and possibilities.  Long may this tradition continue.  

27 comments:

  1. As last year I am envious of your trip. It looks and sounds so wonderful!
    Have a good weekend,
    Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah, I love it when you call in to say hello :)

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  2. I am so pleased to have found your blog. Although the pangs of homesickness may cripple me. Having grown up in South west Queensland then moving to Broken Hill, where I married my sweetheart( who is a true born Broken Hill person) it is still sort of home.
    I love ready about what you are doing in the kitchen and garden and also looking at all your gorgeous photos of the outback.
    Having moving to Invercargill New Zealand 6 years ago this is well and truly home now but there are things that I still miss about the outback.

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    1. Thank you for calling in, lovely to meet you! Broken Hill is a unique place, as I am sure Invercargill is too!

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  3. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful event Jane! And your photographs, jaw dropping!

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  4. This looks a wonderful evening. How I wish there was something like this around here. So many possibilities? Book me a place when you do something similar with your home reared meat and sourdough bread.

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    1. You will be at the top of the invitation list Anne!

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  5. Looks like a perfect evening in the most perfect setting! I'd love to go to this one year...

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  6. I LOVE the bath full of roses Jane. So beautiful! We will make it one year...maybe 2015?

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    1. The roses were magnificent Kate..even Mum was impressed. I truly hope you can make it in 2015, we need a Broken Hill group :)

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  7. What a wonderful feast and perfect setting - gorgeous to view, can only imagine what it all tasted like!

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  8. i don't mind deja vu when it is this beautiful! what a magnificent location - you have captured it so well in your photos and words, jane. is it too early in the morning to want some frangelico semi-freddo?? (never!)

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    1. Thanks e, Frangelico semi-freddo would be welcome at almost any time of the day I think!

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  9. This does feel like deja vu in the best possible way. I love when you've read a blog long enough to remember their past events or feel like you've shared a few of them with them and care about their joy. Looked stunning again!

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    1. Thank you Lucent, so true! It is lovely to develop that little bit of history isn't it?

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  10. Ouch my heart Jane! I'm not sure if it's the coffee I just drank or the fact that your photos of this beautiful sounding event just made my heart sing. Love, love it!

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    1. Thanks Brydie, this post made me think of your Passata Day, when our interests and ideals come together at a community event it is a wonderful thing! Your comment has made my day x

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  11. Wonderful post! Sounds like you had a glorious day, and the soft light in all your photos is just so appealing, Jane!

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  13. So beautiful. I remember last year's post vividly and this one makes me think even more that I need to plan to be home to try to attend this event one year. It looks divine. That wheel of cheese alone is enough to make me happy to drive home for the event :-)

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    1. Thanks Kyrstie, I remember you saying you are originally from that part of the world. You would love it and probably run into some old friends! Let me know if you decide to go in 2015, we could sit together!

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  14. Oh wow sounds and looks divine. I love the photo if the grape vines in the beautiful light. A nice reminder of all the wonderful things we have in our very own country. :)

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    1. So true! Thank you for your kind words :)

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane