The Spring Picnic unfortunately failed to bring in the spring weather last Sunday as the sun played peek-a-boo all day during the annual picnic at Centennial Park. The sun might not have arrived but after seeing the selection of food on offer, who was I to complain? We arrived at the Brazillian Fields where the picnic was taking place and was amazed at how empty the place looked in comparison to last year's Spring Picnic which seemed almost hellish to manouver around. Perhaps it was because the stalls were staggered in two separate sections or perhaps it was the weather or even possibly the fact that we had arrived relatively early.
Whatever factor it was that contributed to the seemingly less crowded picnic, I was elated to the be able to navigate my way from stall to stall without having to jostle for pole position when taking photographs. The lines were not at all like they were last year, where the queue for Wagyu steak sandwiches snaked almost halfway down the length of the field. Learning from past experience G and I brought our pick-i-nik rug as that last year there were no available tables. However we were even more delighted to get a call from some friends that had staked the place out early and managed to score a table fairly early. And besides, there were still hoardes of empty tables when we got there, where was everyone?
Despite the picnic seeming all too quiet, the day spent outdoors with good food, wine and friends was nothing to be complaining about. And as one who has a special loathing when it comes to crowds, I was more than happy to have the Spring Picnic all to myself.
Hontou pancakes in the making
Man working the busy noodle stand
An ice shaving contraption
Dutch Pancakes stall
My Little Cupcake stand
Working the grill at Mojo Picon
Chorizos at Mojo Picon
The busy Mojo Picon stall
After the long wait... G finally gets his Mojo Picon Prawn Roll
Edmundi Smokehouse chalkboard menu
Edmundi Smokehouse juicy smoked BBQ ribs with creole
The line for Mayan Cofee and Xocolat
Venison pies and rolls
For dessert, Pat & Stick's Almond Lace, a sideview
The Almond Lace from above, almond biscuit with mocha ice cream
Brown Borthers dessert wine Dolcetto and Syrah
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