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I WAS THERE | THE PENINSULA PICNIC – 2015

Sunday, March 29 saw the launch of the very first Peninsula Picnic at The Mornington Racecourse, in Mornington. As well as a ridiculous amount of food on offer, the day also boasted an impressive music line up with the likes of Hayden CalninThe Pierce Brothers Tinpan Orange,  Paul Dempsey and The Waifs gracing the stage throughout the day.
The first non-race day event at the racecourse was a complete success, with a sell out crowd of over 4,500 patrons arriving early to greet opener, Hayden Calnin. Wine flowed from all four corners of the festival with locals, Crittenden Estate, Montalto and Circe providing endless options from fruity Chardonnays to recognisabley smooth, Pinot Noirs (definitely recommend Circe’s Pinot).

And the food… dear God, the food. Trying to make room for all the delicious meals was a struggle, but it definitely paid off in the end.
We kicked things off with the tasty Char Sui pork belly buns from The European’s executive chef Ian Curley, before tucking into the soft shell crab sliders from Terminus on Flinders Hotel.
Montalto’s salmon with lemon myrtle and salad kept us full through a blistering set from The Pierce Brothers and the soulful sounds of Tinpan Orange accompanied a soul-satisying ‘Croque Monsieur’ from Terre. I’m still having dreams of that Croque Monsieur…

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Paul Dempsey and The Waifs kept the music going into the evening, while fresh popcorn and some mouth-melting Peninsula fudge left the crowd (and us) absolutely full to the brink.
The perfect weather, combined with some ice cold Pimms made the day one of the most unique and memorable festivals of 2015 so far. Keep an eye out for The Peninsula Picnic, because it is going to get bigger and bigger each year.

By Dean Valentino

*photos by Bianca Gugliotta

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