2 September 2011 History Week – EAT History launch party photos and story: MiSociety
2011 History Week – EAT History; a delectable offering for Sydney and NSW
Elizabeth Bay House, conceived in the1830s as the finest house in the colony of NSW, was the setting for the opening of History Week 2011. Now if you think spending the evening with Historians, Professors, Doctors and even a Colonial Gastromer would be a staid affair – time to think again.
History Week for 2011 centres on food, so therefore the culinary offerings for us very fortunate guests at the launch party, were created by Colonial Gastromer, Jacqui Newling and based on Victorian recipes – what an fabulous treat indeed!
Stage Juice (performance artists) used the spiral staircase in Elizabeth Bay House as their platform with their artistic antics including human drapings of the staircase, toe sucking and feather fluffing.
Ana Wojak, one of several guest artists, mystified guests as she circled the room harbouring a huge domed tray. Ana eventually revealed a very large European Carp fish beneath that she then proceeded to adorn with hatpins and surgical appliances. (see photos)
Scott Sandwich, an award winning poet, worked up a fantastic pace through a rendition of his original poem that saw guests amused and amazed at his content and delivery.
Gideon Payten-Griffiths, curator of the evening’s performances, then mysteriously led us down into the secret vault beneath the ‘House’ where we then partook of ‘high tea’ amongst the ghosts of Sydney’s history.
Mark Dunn (Historian and President of the History Council) whilst running enthusiastically through the 2011 History Week schedule, let us into some of Sydney’s historical secrets that everyone may be privy to during the impressive program for the week.
Tony Bilson, Patron of History Week, gave a most fascinating and entertaining talk on the development of gastronomy in Australia. Tony imparted many facts and aspects that would be revelatory to many Australians now so ‘hooked’ on ‘reality’ food and ‘celebrity’ chefs.
History Week – EAT History has a line-up of over 200 events around Sydney and NSW including history walks, talks, tours and many, many historical food experiences. Information on History Week 2011 History Week – EAT History website
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