King Island Long Table Festival
The Long Table Festival - 21st - 23rd February 2014
HISTORY by Cynthia Daniel
King Island is famous for its cheese and beef; we also have amazing seafood and locally grown fruit and vegetables as well as abundant game foods.
When Paul and I planned our wedding in 2003, we invited friends and family to the Island. They came from interstate and overseas and many didn’t know each other. Helping us prepare our wedding, our visiting guests along with local friends, gathered local ingredients and cooked the wedding dinner together. During this time of gathering and cooking, strangers became friends and bonds were forged.
We were reminiscing with Melbourne chef Lucinda Macdougal in 2008, and discussing how we could share the same experience with others. It was then that the seed of the first Long Table Festival was planted.
Led by Lucinda, the first Festival was held in 2009 with a small group of family and friends. We gathered the foods, cooked together and then shared a long lazy lunch on Sunday. Our Festival offers activities not usually available to tourists, and is a rare opportunity to get a "behind the scenes" look at life on King Island.
We hope you will join and enjoy the wonderful friendship, hospitality and food King Island has to offer.
Friday 21st February 2014 --- Farm Tours
8.30am - Camp Creek Gardens - Organic vegetables and fruit with Paul & Cynthia Daniel, 30 Charles St, Currie.
9.45am - King Island Seafood - View crayfish and abalone operations with Max and Donna Summers, Currie Harbour.
10.45am - Cultural Centre (TBC) - View current exhibition and morning tea, Currie Harbour.
11.30am - Permaculture Farm - Carmen Holloway & James Hill, Grassy Rd, Pegarah.
1.00pm - Lunch - Bee Apiary with Dick Stansfield, 1016 Millwood Road, Lymwood
2.30pm - Beef Farm with Fred and Shona Perry, 659 Millwood Rd, Lymwood
4.00pm - Dairy Farm with Ron and Wendy Muller, 502 Robbins Rd, Yarra Creek
Saturday 22nd February 2014
(King Island District High School - 21 George St, Currie)
Kitchen Session 1 - Sat, 8.30 am – 12.30 pm
Assist in the preparation of our gourmet meal. Learn from our chefs, Stephen Russell and Nick Cooper, their secrets and specialties
Lunch - Morning and afternoon participants join together for lunch
Kitchen Session 2 - Sat, 1.00pm - 5.30 pm
Continue preparing the feast for Sunday
Sunday 23rd February 2014
King Island Golf and Bowling Club
Kitchen Session 3 - Sun, 7.30am - 11.00am (TBC)
Bread Making. Experience the pleasure of making the perfect focaccia, and continue to assist our chefs with the final preparation of our banquet.
Long Table Lunch - Sun, 12.30pm - 5.00pm