King Island Long Table Festival
The Long Table Festival - 22nd-24th March 2013 **REGISTRATION FORM now available
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 us this year and enjoy the wonderful friendship, hospitality and food King Island has to offer.
Friday 22nd March 2013 --- Farm Tours
8.30am - Camp Creek Organic Market Garden with Paul Daniel, Lot 1, Charles St, Currie (0416 012 170)
9.30am - King Island Seafood with Max and Donna Summers, Currie Wharf, (0428 621 774)
10.45am - Hydro Renewable Energy Wind and Solar Farm with Peter Kempster, Grassy Rd Currie, (0427 621 636)
12.15pm - Picnic Lunch at Donald & Bronwyn Graham's, 1016 Millwood Road, Lymwood.
12.45pm - Bee Apiary with Dick Stansfield, 1016 Millwood Road (0429 621 474)
2.00pm - Beef Farm with Fred and Shona Perry, 659 Millwood Rd, Lymwood (03 6461 1259)
4.00pm - Dairy Farm with Ron and Wendy Muller, 502 Robbins Rd, Yarra Creek (03 6461 1267)
Saturday 23rd March 2013 - Culture Tours
Culture Tour 1
9.00am - Alpaca Farm with Les and Ann Honess, Fraser Road, Loorana (03 6461 1140)
10.00am - Permaculture Farm with Carmen Holloway,Grassy Road, Pegarah (03 6461 1248)
11.15am - Apple Farm and morning tea (TBC) with Thomas and Ina Hoffman, 90 Bischoffs Road. (03 6461 1589)
12.45pm - Cat into Hat with Robyn Eades, 2522 Fraser Road, Naracoopa (03 6461 1140)
1.15pm - Abalone Art with Helen Batchelor, Next to Fire Station, The Esplanade, Naracoopa (0428 122 757)
NB: Lunch is self organised. We suggest picking up a pre-ordered hamper from Foodworks and enjoying a BBQ at The Esplanade, Naracoopa, or perhaps a stop at Bert's Cafe, 132 The Esplanade, Naracoopa (ph: 9013 0226)
Saturday 23rd March 2013
Culture Tour 2
5.30pm - Kelp Craft Shop with Betty Box, Main Street, Grassy (0428 547 859)
6.00pm - Portside Art Gallery with Ken and Marilyn Chapman, Lot 2 Grassy Harbour Rd, Grassy (03 6461 1134)
6.30pm - Dinner (self organised) – We suggest dinner at :
King’s Cuisine, Grassy Club – Bookings essential with Stephen Russell (03 6461 1003)
Portside Links. Light meals only. Bookings essential with Marilyn Chapman (03 6461 1134)
Picnic Hamper from Foodworks at Grassy Harbour.
7.45pm - Penguin Tour with Ranger Shelley Graham, meet at boat club, Grassy Breakwater (0438 036 899)
Kitchen Sessions (King Island District High School)
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 to 5.30 pm
Continue preparing the feast for Sunday
Sunday 24th March 2013
Kitchen Session 3 - Sun, 7.30am - 11.00am
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
Golf and Bowling Club, King Island.