Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Valentine's Day Picnic and a Free Concert

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!!

3 comments:

Maria@TheGourmetChallenge said...

Sounds like a wonderful night out in the parks. Like you, I think I would have been more interested in the food too. I cant stop staring at your picture of the Brie Cheese....yummm....wicked goodness!

Gemma said...

The cupcakes are so cute - looks like a great day.

Gemma x

Lisa said...

Oh, what a great picnic!!
What kind of picnic basket or cooler do you have?
Love the heart-shaped cupcake!!