The day progressed to the piping of the haggis, and then the quaint and often hilarious "addressing of the haggis" which was performed superbly and I must find out who the fine gent was who carried ou this sacred ceremony of great import. Then it was off to dinner to dine on a dish outrageous as it was tasty - the legendary Turducken. Turkey, stuffed with duck stuffed with chicken. I was hoping for a quail tucked up its bum but alas twas not to be. The haggis was very good perhaps not as chunky as some I have had but great nonetheless.
The wines were from Urlar and its affable owner Angus Thompson was resplendent in his kilt with its badger sporran . Urlars wines are some of the best in the Wairarapa - and indeed a star performer in the Gladstone sub region. The whites in particular are flinty with considerable depth. Wines to be savoured not quaffed.
The second Wellington on a plate event was the gorgeous ladies lunch. And GOOOORGOUS it was. About a 100 well coiffured women turned out to salubrious lunch. The food was from the Medici café in Martinborough the wine from the Poppies vineyard - which is also home to the stunning Poppies function venue. The food was some of the best I have had in a long time and it was especially impressive considering the number of diners . Poppies Pinot Gris , in the Alsace style was superb but at $40 for a take home bottle a little pricy.
It was also a privilege to meet Mary Biggs of Lavenders Green Fame. And it was great to meet so many inspiring and talented and well connnected women who keep the wheels of commerce and community turning in the Wairarapa. It will be a must attend event next year .
and finally a good and talented friend who stayed with me and went to the gorgeous ladies lunch bought me a jar of olives she had brined herself. The interesting thing was they were from trees planted in Roxborough St in Wellington by the WCC for public use . This is an idea I support. Im a great forager and am happy to climb banks to get at an ancient damson plum tree to get some good fruit. I noticed during my last visit to Alexandra that someone had stripped the crab apple trees of their scarlet winter bounty. I was miffed I had not got there in time to get a few to make what I consider is one of natures great jelly jam fruit.