In March I was invited by Fowles Wines Australia to cover their annual Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch feast, created in celebration of the annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
The theme of the day was early 1900's Downtown Abbey era. As such guests were asked to dress in their best tweed, and participate in garden games while - in the words of Albus Dumbledore - becoming absolutely befuddled by the excellent feast.
The menu included items such as poached quail eggs, braised red wine pear, soft and hard cheeses, spinach pie (as the vegetarian option) and roast pork. Throughout the day the musical stylings of local Melbourne band Jazzlab wafted throughout the courtyard, while guests sipped chardonnay and pinot noir from the Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch wine range.
As a vegetarian option I was served this absolutely incredible spinach and feta pie with roast garden vegetables. The delectable pastry proved soft as butter as my knife sliced through it, and the oils and herbs garnishing the vegetables infused perfectly with the melt-in-your-mouth pie. A truly sensational garden variety!
The courtyard and luncheon shed were decked out in admirable old-English country-style decor featuring mallard ducks, vines and the ever-present but lovely poster-prints of the famous Fowles Wines labels. The decor and music complimented the theme astutely, easily tuning the guests toward merriment in playing their role of the soiree-attending post-war British - glad to slice into fresh cheeses and become boisterous and exuberant following the complex and delicious wines.
To see more of how the day went, watch the video below!