On Monday 27th January we celebrated Australia Day and our 85th Birthday in true Australian style. Although we still have 15 years to go to get a telegram from the Queen, we were delighted to be able to host the governor Marie Bashir and Sir Nicholas Shehadie. Having welcomed movie stars, performers, politicians, media proprietors, royalty and sports champions since the 1920’s, it is always wonderful to invite and welcome back so many Australian legends – and this year’s celebration was no exception. Other guests including Ky Hurst, Peter Phelps, Mike Munro, Jono Coleman, Matt Dunn, Chris & Rose Fydler, John Coates, John Brown, Phil Kearns, Phil Waugh and David Kirk were treated to an afternoon of Australian themed food created by Executive Chef Peter Ridland.
Dishes served included QLD King Tiger Prawns, Freshly shucked Sydney Rock Oysters, Lobster with Thermidor Sauce, Lamb cutlets, Mini kangaroo chorizo hot dogs, mini Berkshire pork sausage rolls, Bundaberg rum & raisin ice cream, mini pavlovas and chocolate mousse with Tim Tam folded through, garnished with a chocolate crackle.
Guests sipped on a fine selection of wines including Taittinger Champagne, Cullen Chardonnay from Margaret River WA, The Schwarz “Nitschke Block’ Shiraz from the Barossa Valley SA, Home Hill Estate Pinot Noir from Huon Valley Tasmania and Lark Hill ‘Biodynamic’ Riesling Auslese from Canberra District NSW.
Entertainment during the afternoon included a joyful rendition of Advance Australia Fair sung by arising young star Ashleigh Rubenach, accompanied by 12 year old Jaden Deheragoda playing the violin. Jaden also treated guests to a gypsy folk performance of Hungarian Dance 2 by Brahms. Her Excellency Marie Bashir delivered a wonderful speech which included references to her own great appreciation of the beauty of the northern beaches and her long association with them. She also reminded the enthusiastic audience that on Australia Day we all particularly have to make sure that we do not leave anyone behind in life’s journey. We will upload some images on our facebook page soon.