Valentine's Day Picnic and a Free Concert2/18/2009 09:07:00 PM
Coca-Cola Cupcake, in heart form
Valentine's Day saw us enjoying beautiful free music from the MSO at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and having a lovely picnic.
Ooh... check out the tension and the wires. Fabulous construction!
The free concert was scheduled to start at 7pm, so we thought we'd get in early and arrived at 5:30. When we got there, however, there was a massive line snaking around the grounds, and when we finally got in, the main part of the grounds was entirely full...
... so we ended up sitting on the left side of the stage, in a not-so-crowded area with no view of the stage, but a decent view of the screen. Still, we were quite lucky. Many punters had to be turned away.
And y'all know I was more interested in the picnic than the music. But let me just say that Emma Ayers from ABC Classic FM is awesome! And we thought Amir Farid's piano performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 was incredible. (Although when Emma Ayers announced what he would be playing, it unleashed dramatic Shine-style gasps of "Not the Rach 3!" and endless giggles from our group. Apologies to the disgruntled lady drinking from a silver goblet near us).
Now, the picnic. We picked up most of the goodies that morning at the Vic Market.
Stilton Cheese, eggplant dip, Seal Bay Triple Cream Brie (ooooh yeah), Regular salami, super-hot salami. Baguette from Laurent.
That's the King Island Seal Bay Triple Cream. Yum! We love, love, love super-rich indulgent creamy cheeses. And no, I don't want to know what the fat content is.
For sweets, we brought strawberries and super-mini coca cola cupcakes.
And just to prove how mini they really were...
Happy Valentine's Day!!