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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013

Giant sheets of pork crackling at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013

What makes people happy? Giant sheets of pork crackling! It was the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic on the weekend, organised by Chocolatesuze and I, now in its 5th year.

After sending out 300 invitations, we had 100+ rsvps. Everything was set until Mother Nature decided to start raining 2.5 hours before our event. There was thunder. There was lightning. There was even a threat of hailstones.

There is no greater feeling of helplessness than staring at the sky and willing it to stop raining. Please! 

Suze and I were determined this would go ahead. It had to. We had this.

The world's biggest box of pork crackling at Mr Crackles, Darlinghurst
Picking up the world's biggest box of crackling, donated by Mr Crackles

While we were talking about our picnic on twitter, Mr Crackles contacted us out of the blue and offered to donate pork crackling for our event. Not just a handful of crackling. 25 KILOS OF IT. Who were we to argue?

Setting up tents for the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Frantically setting up the marquee and tents - thanks Rosa for coming to the girl scout rescue!

As the storm clouds rolled in, Suze detoured on her way in and bought two marquees and two sunshelter tents to make sure that if it continued to rain, we'd stay dry. Especially the crackle. Save the crackle!

So Suze, Noods, Raff and I are scrambling with the tents like we're competing on an episode of The Amazing Race. Only problem was that none us had set up a tent before, so we were so glad that the first person to show up - Rosa - was an ex-girl scout! Thank heavens she knew exactly what to do!

Chocolatesuze with giant sheet of pork crackling at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Oh hai, I have pork crackling. Do you?

The pork crackling was safe and wouldn't you know it, by 2pm when the picnic started, the clouds had gone and it was all kinda of glorious sunshine. Even the crackling was smiling.

Giant box of pork crackling at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Pork crackling for everyone!

We knew why we had faith in Sydney food bloggers. Even the threat of hail stones wouldn't keep them away from food. We had a total of 71 food bloggers turn up - that's four more than year. Hurrah!

Food bloggers at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
The food tents

Our successfully pitched tents were soon host to a banquet of homemade foods. Everyone brought something to share and it was great to have everyone mingling and meeting the people behind the blogs they'd read for so long.

Here's a small selection of the food we enjoyed:

Lemper by Irene's Getting Fat at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Lemper by Irene's Getting Fat

Homemade bread wreath by Crunchy Tiger at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Homemade bread wreath with seeds by Crunchy Tiger

Rice paper rolls by Food is Our Religion at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Rice paper rolls with fried tofu and roast chicken by Food is Our Religion

Chicken Caesar wraps by Seefood Diet at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Chicken Caesar wraps by My Seefood Diet

Sydney food bloggers at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Sydney food bloggers!

White chocolate raspberry muffins by The Chronicles of Hilda at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
White chocolate raspberry muffins by The Chronicles of Hilda

Pesto and tomato puffs by The Adventures of Miss Piggy at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Pesto and tomato puffs by The Adventures of Miss Piggy

Pulled lamb with mint sauce by Jeroxie at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Pulled lamb with mint sauce and crackers by Jeroxie


Pop-up bar by Simon Food Favourites at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Simon Food Favourites manning his pop-up bar

Grapefruit and ginger fizzy and mint & lavender lemonade by The Littlest Anchovy at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Grapefruit and ginger fizzy and mint & lavender lemonade by The Littlest Anchovy

Santa deco roll by Absolutely Ayana at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Santa deco roll by Absolutely Ayana

Sydney food bloggers at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Mandatory photo call before eating

Peach cobbler by 84th and 3rd at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Peach cobbler by 84th & 3rd

Vegetarian marshmallow with chocolate crackles and milo by Spoonfuls of Goodness at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Vegetarian marshmallow with chocolate crackle and milo by Spoonfuls of Goodness

Pineapple and coconut cupcakes by Love Swah at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Pineapple and coconut cupcakes by Love Swah

Salted caramel and maltereon macarons by Ramen Raff at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Salted caramel and malteseron macarons by Ramen Raff

Evil Secret Santa Salted at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Evil Secret Santa time!

Unwrapping presents during Evil Secret Santa at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
Evil Secret Santa means you can open a present or steal someone else's

Watching Evil Secret Santa at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
The Evil Secret Santa game that just keeps on going

Superman apron at the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013
One of the most stolen presents of the day: Superman apron

Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013 #sydfbxmas2013
Sydney food bloggers Christmas picnic attendees 2013.  Image by The Heart of Food

Overall a fantastic day. Thanks everyone for coming!

For more pics and posts, check the hashtag #sydfbxmas2013 on twitter and Instagram.


Sydney Food Blogger Christmas Picnic Attendees:
A Fashionable Emulsion | A Foodie's Joy | A Little Bit of Tang | A Swoonful of Sugar | A Table for Two | Absolutely Ayana | Alana Bread | Angelica's Blog | Angie Lives to Eat | Bad Table Manners | Char Post | Chocolatesuze | Christine Thai | Citrus and Candy | Cook Suck | Corridor Kitchen | Crunchy Tiger | Crystal Noir | Ellie's Belly Adventures | Fit for a Pig | Food and Other Delectable Things | Food Booze Shoes | Food is Our Religion | Foodlee | From Australia to America | Girl in a Food Frenzy | Grab Your Fork | Hangry Riley | Irene's Getting Fat | Jeroxie | Jugernauts | Just One More Spoon | Lateral Eating | Local Sprouts | Love Swah | MAB vs Food | Mademoiselle in Sydney | Milkteaxx | Muppys | My Hunger Will Go On | My Purlieu | My See Food Diet | Nessy Eater | Next Stop Food | One Bite More | One Small Pot | Panda & Cakes | Penguin Says Feed Me | PlanMB | Ramen Raff | RDYN! | Ripe Journal | Simon Food Favourites | Soft & Stiff Peaks | Spoonfuls of Goodness | Steven's Lil Corner | The Adventures of Miss Piggy | The Chronicles of Hilda | The Heart of Food | The Lamstock | The Littlest Anchovy | The Man Craves | The Random Foodie | The Sticky and Sweet | The Suz Chef | Twee-Eats | What Em Did | When the World Stops Spinning | 84th & 3rd


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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 11/24/2013 05:55:00 pm


46 Comments:

  • At 11/24/2013 6:06 pm, Blogger Tina @ bitemeshowme said…

    Sorry i didn't have enough faith in mother nature and didn't attend anyways. My absolute loss because it looks like you guys had a great time! Thanks Helen and Suze for organising - you guys did a superb job! x

     
  • At 11/24/2013 6:11 pm, Anonymous Kiki said…

    That crackle... INSANE!

     
  • At 11/24/2013 6:25 pm, Anonymous Simon @ the heart of food said…

    It was a bit touch-and-go for a while but glad to be at another successful Xmas picnic. Thanks to you and Suze for organising it :)

     
  • At 11/24/2013 6:39 pm, Blogger irene said…

    I am so happy I came despite the weather warning! Would be devastated if I had to miss those cracklings lol
    Thanks again for organizing, you guys are the bests! :D

     
  • At 11/24/2013 6:49 pm, Anonymous sara | Belly Rumbles said…

    Another fantastic and successful Blogger Xmas picnic by the looks. Well done to both you and Suze. Sad to have missed #5 and that awesome crackling!!!!

     
  • At 11/24/2013 7:33 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I've been waiting all day for this post... highlight of my weekend!

     
  • At 11/24/2013 8:26 pm, Blogger Ramen Raff said…

    I told you! Rain being goodluck doesn't just apply to weddings lol turned out to be a fab day. Thanks for organising again Helen and Suze! We all love you guys. Thanks to Rosa too! haha

     
  • At 11/24/2013 8:39 pm, Anonymous Anjana said…

    Wow Helen, this is amazing. I want that superman apron. Just picturing myself on it, holding the pork sheets and posing for a photo-click

     
  • At 11/24/2013 9:24 pm, Blogger Shanshan Lam said…

    thanks again for org Helen! great picnic as always! xoxo superman

     
  • At 11/24/2013 9:33 pm, Anonymous Olivia @ mademoiselle in Sydney said…

    Hey Helen!!!

    Thank you so much for organising this! It was lovely meeting you :) :)
    XX

    Olivia

     
  • At 11/24/2013 9:49 pm, Blogger Alice Lau said…

    Such an awesome event and so much thanks goes to you & Chocolate Suze for making it happen, despite the rain & thunder! :)

     
  • At 11/24/2013 9:57 pm, Anonymous Karen | Citrus and Candy said…

    I'm glad I braved the crazy weather and left my house because it ended up being a beautiful day and I got to be at two amazing picnics. In any case I had my best rain-frolicking shoes on so I was prepared for a bit of storm-dancing. Awesome work Helen and Suze as usual x

     
  • At 11/24/2013 10:39 pm, Blogger RDYN! said…

    HAHA! I was glad I could help! Thanks for the flattery. hehehe.

    And thank you for organising it, it was better than I expected. And I'm sure to come next year!

     
  • At 11/24/2013 11:36 pm, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    teehee so much crackling! good times :P

     
  • At 11/25/2013 12:32 am, Blogger YaYa said…

    So glad the crackling gods smiled down at you, fabulous blog as usual!

     
  • At 11/25/2013 6:16 am, Blogger A cupcake or two said…

    I so wanted to be there this year. I spoke to Nick from The Man Craves and he said it was an awesome day and he has never eaten so much crackling. Lol. The rain gods were on your side and I am so glad the afternoon was amazing. I am there with bells on next year.

     
  • At 11/25/2013 6:31 am, Anonymous thesuzchef said…

    Another fantastic picnic - thanks for organising and keeping everyone on track with evil secret santa!

     
  • At 11/25/2013 7:21 am, Blogger Nicholas C said…

    Thank god the weather held out. It was a great day in the end. Thank you i had lots of fun.

     
  • At 11/25/2013 9:28 am, Blogger Missy Piggy said…

    How is it possible that I want MORE pork crackling after I ate about 24kgs of it on Saturday?

    It was a great picnic, glad the weather pulled up its socks for us; and thanks to you & Suze for organizing this again this year.

     
  • At 11/25/2013 9:33 am, Anonymous Hannah said…

    ENVY IN MY SOUUUUUUL

     
  • At 11/25/2013 9:55 am, Blogger Jacq said…

    Thanks so much to you and Suze for organising the picnic and being optimistic despite the storm clouds rolling in. Luckily the weather held up and it was a great afternoon!

     
  • At 11/25/2013 1:17 pm, Blogger gaby @ lateraleating said…

    Thanks again for organising the picnic and taking care of the weather!! :) The crackling made it the best picnic ever.

     
  • At 11/25/2013 3:41 pm, Blogger Simon Leong said…

    AMAZING EVENT. thanks for organising with suze. great to catchup with so many other food bloggers. that pork crackling was amazeballs! thnx Mr Crackles!

     
  • At 11/25/2013 3:51 pm, Anonymous Cara @ Gourmet Chick said…

    We really need to do this in Melbourne - it looks brilliant.

     
  • At 11/25/2013 5:18 pm, Anonymous Lisa the Gourmet Wog said…

    Whoa, I have the meat sweats just looking at all that crackling!! What a fabulous day out, glad the weather held out for you :)

     
  • At 11/25/2013 5:41 pm, Anonymous Swah said…

    Thanks for organising a great afternoon Helen! And that crackle was AMAZING

     
  • At 11/25/2013 11:12 pm, Blogger Annie said…

    thank you so much for organising the picnic! been having cravings for pork crackling ever since then haha

     
  • At 11/25/2013 11:24 pm, Anonymous Cindy (A Foodie's Joy) said…

    It was a great event! Both your determination to hold it come rain, hail or shine was extremely commendable. How could I bail out? ;) loved the crackling and meeting you, chocolatesuze and so many other bloggers. Thank you Helen and Susan for organising this for us Sydney bloggers! :)

     
  • At 11/26/2013 12:00 am, Anonymous Rex said…

    Looks like such a blast!

     
  • At 11/26/2013 10:57 am, Anonymous Anna said…

    What an awesome bunch - love Sydney food bloggers! Wish I could have been there!

     
  • At 11/26/2013 12:49 pm, Anonymous Amanda@ChewTown said…

    I am straight away putting my hand up as an apology for Saturday!! Ended up having to emergency baby sit for my sister and sadly, missed all the amazing food! Looks like you all had a ball.

     
  • At 11/26/2013 3:32 pm, Anonymous Ando @ The Lamstock said…

    Thanks once again to you and Suze for organising the event! So glad the sun came out at the right time! :)

     
  • At 11/26/2013 3:58 pm, OpenID nessyeater said…

    This event turned out to be sunny! Thanks Helen for organising a MASSIVE picnic event :D

     
  • At 11/26/2013 7:18 pm, Blogger Next Stop: Food said…

    Thanks again for organising the event with Suze! So happy when the rain decided to stop :)

     
  • At 11/27/2013 12:08 am, Anonymous Daisy@Nevertoosweet said…

    I think it's amazing how you guys always have a huge Food Bloggers Xmas picnic :) It's so great to get everyone together and all the delicious dishes you guys make but seriously NOTHING beats 25kg of crackling and I love the tent you guys got to 'save' it hehe AWESOME!

    hopefully one day I can self-invite myself to this picnic :P

     
  • At 11/27/2013 6:37 pm, Anonymous Hilda said…

    You and Suze did a fantastic job at hosting such a fun event. Thank you so much. Can't wait for next year!

     
  • At 11/27/2013 9:52 pm, Anonymous Kelly @ MsBrulee said…

    Great job organising as always Helen + Suze - alas I didn't think it would go ahead because of the weather and by the time the picnic started I wouldn't have been able to make it in time due to my living in Narnia. I cannot begin to imagine how much 25kg of pork crackling is...

     
  • At 11/27/2013 10:21 pm, Anonymous JJ - 84thand3rd said…

    Great job as always - had the tents not been there it would have, of course, kept raining ;D Thanks again for organising and for including my pie in your wrap up!

     
  • At 11/27/2013 11:19 pm, Blogger Ellies Belly said…

    Thanks again Helen for an awesome time!!!! :D

     
  • At 11/28/2013 12:55 am, Blogger Irene said…

    Oh those hailstone threats got nothin on us hehe. Super appreciate the lengths you organisers went through to keep this going for 5 years! This year was my first time and I'm surely looking forward to more :) Thanks again Helen!

     
  • At 11/28/2013 9:09 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    oh wowwwww... yumm!! i wish i was a food blogger!!

     
  • At 11/28/2013 6:45 pm, Anonymous Amanda @ Gourmanda said…

    I feel so bad that I didn't come along now - it looks like everyone had such a great time. :)

     
  • At 11/29/2013 10:22 am, Anonymous Chris @ MAB vs Food said…

    Everyone had an awesome time, so thanks to you and Suze for organising!

     
  • At 11/29/2013 11:25 am, Anonymous charlene @ aus2usa said…

    Thank you for organizing this! it was such a fantastic and fun day! hope to see you all again next year.

     
  • At 11/30/2013 12:46 pm, Anonymous liz @ strayed table said…

    I am glad the rain cleared before your picnic kicked off. Looks like a great spread of food and loads of friendly faces. I am not sure how you could of easily shared that pork crackling. Its all mine, mwah ha ha ha.

     
  • At 12/02/2013 9:48 pm, Anonymous Shaun said…

    Far out. So sorry to have missed it.

     

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