I remember about this time last year reading the many posts about a food blogger’s Christmas picnic and how I wished to be apart of it badly! Fast forward a year and I’m there! Funny how things work hey? Over the weekend, Helen and Suze organised a Christmas party for over 60 food bloggers. The weather gods were kind to us that day; it was great being able to mingle with fellow food bloggers and stuff our faces silly with the masses of food in the nice weather.
Speaking of masses of food, where do I start? Each blogger was asked to bring a dish to share, and judging by the array of food, it seems like we’re all sweet tooths. As per usual, the amount of savoury items does not compare to the amount of sweets so everyone was trying to fish out all the savoury items before we self inflict a sugar coma on ourselves. I didn’t managed to take that many picture of the food as I was busy eating and socialising (oh such a hard life that is).
There was a show stopper macaron tower made by Cleony. The santa topper was really adorable. I didn’t get to try all the flavours but from what I gathered, all the flavours were a hit.
Helen organised the first ever food blogger’s olympics and guess who “volunteered” to participate? Me! Well I didn’t really volunteer, the raffle ticket that I drew for the Kris Kringle was one of the “lucky” tickets.. We gathered in 4 teams of 4 to participate in games which tested the skills deemed to be crucial for a food blogger. Was I up for the challenge? Heck yeah! My team, The Fondant Penguins (name brought about due to this post), featured Melanie from The Adventures of Miss Piggy, Adrienna from Fish in a Car and Sneh from Cook Republic. We ended up getting the bronze medal for the olympics. YAY!
The first set of games was The Amazing Chopstick Race. 50 soy beans were placed in one bowl and contestants had to transfer them from one bowl to the other without touching the bowl, the first one to finish wins that round. Our speedy gonzales, Adrienna, did this in lighting speed and took out the challenge.
The next challenge was The Blind Taste Test and I volunteered myself for that one. There were two items given to us and the quickest to get them right wins. I thought the ingredients were going to be more weirder as it was Helen’s chance to give us mysterious food but she played it safe the food items were cucumber and sunflower seeds. Unfortunately I didn’t win as I didn’t realise I had to raise my hand to reveal the answer.. D’oh!
Last challenge was a joint effort by two competitors of the same team. Food styling and food photography involved raiding the left over food to plate up something delicious to be photographed and posted onto Twitter with the hashtag #sydfoodblogxmas. Melanie was quick to steal the entire macaron tower which didn’t leave much for the other guys to choose from but there were sabotage attempts made by the other teams as they were nicking off some of the macarons.
We finished off the festivities with Kris Kringle with a twist. Throughout the day we all drew tickets which would denote the order in which we acquire our presents, we all were given the option to choose a present from the pile or steal from another. Amongst some other items, the cake-wich tin and ninja cookie cutters were the most popular items stolen throughout the KK session. I was happy that my item was stolen a few times too 🙂
So what did I get for my KK present? When I was opening my present I thought “Oh goodie! I got two lollypops… YAY!” but then my (no-so) secret santa yelled out “Look closer!” “Oohhhh… Lollies with bugs in them! Fantastic!” (There was also a badge of an orange with a moustache for me.)
I was debating which one to eat first and with the help of Richard, we decided to go for the cricket one. So there I was, licking the lollypop until I reached the surface where its back was showing through the lollypop, it was so creepy! I handed it over to Richard who simply took a big bite through the lollypop and shattered it half way across the cricket’s body. Eeek! Then he handed it back to me to finish off, there was a point where I could start feeling the prickliness of the feet and that was getting weird. At that stage, my lollypop conveniently fell off the stick (I’m serious! It did!) so that was the end of that. According to Richard, he couldn’t taste any bugs so I think that’s the trick, just chomp at it and don’t think about it at all. I have the mealworm lollypop left; wish me luck! It’s a good thing that I don’t have a phobia of bugs because that would have been a not-so-pleasant present otherwise.
I would like to thank Helen and Suze for organising this massive event, much love. Merry Christmas to everyone and may the year ahead be filled with many more gastronomical journeys.
To view more photos from this event, check out the photo album on my Facebook page.