Christmas in July by EatReadLove

Last Saturday was a very fine day as it was the Christmas in July pop-up event organised by Natalie from EatReadLove. I’ve been following her on Instagram for a while as she also hosts beautiful kinfolk gatherings but somehow always missed out.

This time Corina and I got in quick and signed up for the Noel en Juillet gathering at the Royalla Farmstay in the Southern Highlands. We left very early morning, car pooled with Kristine  (who we had met at another gathering and designs beautiful cookbooks) and off we went to Robertson.

It was a gorgeous sunrise and when we arrived at the Royalla farm we were greeted by the gorgeous team who had put this incredible event together: Natalie Haylar from EatReadLove, Natalie’s assistant Jess Kneebone, Jaclyn from BlogSociety, Stylist Lisa Madigan, Photographer Luisa Brimble and our chef for the day Mario from Marios Kitchen.

For breakfast/morning tea we had warming tea and coffee and delicious toasted muesli and tea cake.

Lunch was served on a buffet and we had beautifully tender lamb shanks, preserved lemons and braised onion salad, pumpkin feta salad. Ah, let’s not forget the dessert. Poached pears with ganache and vanilla ice-cream, yummo!

The menu was printed on a beautiful card but also written on the window behind the buffet. Every one of us had their name written on the wine glass in gorgeous handwriting. There was so much attention to detail which in parts I only noticed afterwards when I looked through all my photos.

Lisa had brought the inside in for the wintery table setting and Mario our chef created a hearty meal of Middle Eastern flavours. It was delicious. It was so nice too to meet like-minded people and connect with some that I already “knew” through Instagram but now was actually meeting them, which is really thrilling.

After lunch we had a little walk around the beautiful farmstay and surrounding and more time for chatting and photographing. Luisa Brimble followed us with her camera and also filmed a beautiful video which is shown at the end.

When we came back we indulged on berry scones and home made chai tea while Natalie and Mario where already busy getting the bonfire underway to roast our marshmallows from Black Pantry.

Below the photos is a video that brings it all together, beautifully captured by Luisa Brimble.

I also created a little cinemagraph of the bonfire which can be found on Tumblr.