Alice Longest Lunch

Sat, 18 May
from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

by Bernhard Kuepper
Posted: about 2 months ago
Updated: 8 days ago by Ian Clarke
Visible to: public

Time zone: Darwin
Reminder: None
Ends: 04:00pm (duration is about 4 hours)

Trip leader: Ian Clarke
Alice’s Longest Lunch is a great event & the major fund raiser for Hamilton Downs Youth Camp. A number of elite local Restaurants provide a set menu to a limited number of guests. A set 3 course meal & all drinks are included.
Details will be circulated as soon as they become available & bookings open. An Outback 4WD Club Table will be chosen & those interested will need to book directly on the web very quickly as the event sells out. Alternate Restaurants can be selected, but those would be seated separately.
Details to follow.

“May 2018 saw the hosting of the 5th annual Alice’s Longest Desert lunch accommodated in the heart of the Alice Springs CBD, in Todd Mall. Alice’s Longest Desert Lunch now takes pride of place as the premier food and wine occasion in Central Australia with leaders in the restaurant and catering industry showcasing just what the Alice has to offer.
The day is the major annual fundraising event for the Hamilton Downs Youth Camp – a not for profit community organisation that provides a bush destination primarily for youth and a fabulous venue for corporate and private groups.
Seven local Restaurants and caterers featuring Alice’s leading chefs were engaged by event organisers and challenged to provide a top-class menu for gusts to enjoy. Over 180 Guests were treated to culinary delights from The Goat & Bucket, Flavours of India, Casa Nostra, Epilogue, Red Ochre Grill, Saltbush Restaurant and Barra on Todd.
Picture perfect weather welcomed guests along with a glass of sparkling wine under a beautiful clear and crisp Central Australian day. The three course meals began with entrée delights setting guests tastebuds alive. To start the day some guests enjoyed Roast Duck confit salad from Barra on Todd and Haloumi & Chargrilled vegetable skewers served by Red Ochre Grill. Other delightful entrees included a Cauliflower and roasted hazelnut soup served up Epilogue.
Mains from the newly opened Saltbush Restaurant included a mouth-watering Cape Byron Black Angus strip served with truffled potato and merlot jus and traditional Nihari Gosht from Flavours of India. The Spaghetti Granchio with Blue swimmer crab and pea pasta from Casa Nostra was a hit.
Guests raved about the Death by Chocolate including chocolate soil and chocolate water served by the team form the Goat & Bucket.
The afternoon included some wonderful local entertainment by duo Sax in the City with Jazz filling the air as guests arrived Later in the afternoon guests loved the sounds of local Solo artist Gareth Dawkins, with many enjoying an impromptu dance.
One of the highlights for the day was the “Big Beef Auction”. A local one tonne, two-year-old heifer went under the hammer. Butchered locally by Milner meats the beast was auctioned by local stock agent and auctioneer extraordinaire Herbie Neville, sold off by lots in the popular cuts with a generous amount has been raised to keep help the Youth Camp operating. Alice Springs is certainly a generous community when it comes to supporting local not for profit organisations.
It was a wonderful autumn afternoon with great food, wines and penalty of networking a socialising. Alice’s longest Desert Lunch is sure to grow from strength to strength in the coming years.”


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