Wednesday, 13 November 2013

a night with fete

fete press | daylesford

Last night I had the absolute pleasure of joining the amazing team from fete magazine, for an intimate dinner that they hosted at Lyn Gardener's delightful White House in the picturesque regional town of Daylesford. To say that it was a fabulous night would be an understatement.

We were a touch tardy in our arrival, however we were greeted so warmly and welcomed into the cozy surrounds of the lounge-room so graciously by our hosts Annabelle Kerslake and Jane Cameron, that we soon relaxed and found ourselves enjoying delightful conversation with the other guests for the evening.

We were waited on so attentively by Annabelle's sister Becc and husband Naish, and were soon enjoying our pre-dinner drinks served in fetes signature stemless wine glasses. All the while I was peeking at the beautiful decor of the white house, Annabelle and Jane had replaced some of the decor with pieces more in line with the fete aesthetic, and it really did feel like we were {just for an evening} living the life between the pages of the actual magazine.

There was a sneak peek copy of the new issue, set to hit the shelves in around a months time, but it's a testament to how much I was enjoying the company of my fellow guests, that I never even took the time to take a peek!

The evening progressed so smoothly and we were soon enjoying the delicious cooking of Jane's husband, chef and restauranteur, John. My mouth is still watering as I think of the food, in particular the slow cooked pork shoulder… after our meal John sat with us and graciously talked about the food that we had just eaten, and generously divulged some of his tips and tricks - now I'm just hoping that the pork will get its own feature in an upcoming issue so that I can replicate its sweet tenderness at home.

Over dinner we got to know our fellow guests better, I sat next to the passionate and entertaining Mandy who, with her husband, owns edwards greengrocer and deli just outside of bendigo, and her friend Tania who shared so many similar interests to my own.

As we had driven up from Melbourne and it was a dark and rainy night, we didn't want to leave our trip back too late, so all too soon we were making our goodbyes and heading off into the night, with our appetites sated, and our heads and hearts full of the beautiful sights, sounds and tastes that we had just been submerged in.

… and in answer to our family and friends questions, was it worth the trip?… oh my yes, if you ever get the chance to enjoy the company of the wonderful fete press team, don't hesitate, it was quite simply, wonderful.

You can purchase the current spring issue of fete magazine now, just have a look on the fete press site for stockist details.