Wine and Cheese Festival Weekend15:52:00
Hello again. How has your week been?
I have had sick and miserable children here which has tested my patience like no other week I know. Shouty house-wife, tired, washing piled up high kind of stuff. The wine glass has been full kind of week. Red wine full. Do you know what I mean?
I survived. We all survived. We are all happy again, I am thankful and life is returning to normal. So normal in fact that I have found a moment in time to write about the fantastic weekend we had down in Melbourne last weekend for the Williamstown Wine and Cheese Festival.
Lets start at the beginning shall we...
Our precious girl Edith turned two on Saturday and just like all the other birthdays of late, the kids get to pick what cake they want. She flicked through the Women's Weekly cake book earlier in the week and picked out the pig cake. Being a farm nut she just loves little pigs. As we were on the go this weekend I ended up downsizing the request to cupcakes and decorated them with marshmallows, jellybeans and choc chips. They were perfect little pigs by all accounts and she loved them, which was all that mattered.
As everyone was staying at mum and dads place it was lovely to all be there to sing her a happy birthday and mark the day with some cake and family.
If you can believe it, she was sick again on her birthday. Thankfully not gastro like last year but all the same that is just so unlucky!. Though the energy wasn't 100%, she sure was a happy girl for number two. Mum bought her that pink skirt she is adorning in the pics and she wore it all day long. So cute!
After lunch and the birthday cake soiree we headed down to Seaworks at Williamstown which was the site of the festival so that we could set up our stall and see what the place looked like in prep for the Sunday.
There was not a lot happening when we got there except for the setting up of marquees so we pretty much just dumped our stuff where our stall was going to be and then took the kids to a park on the way home that was residence to a 6m long dinosaur.
Now when your three year old has a slight obsession with Tyranosaurous Rex, this was the bomb!! As it was also Edith's birthday, we killed two birds with one stone in this instance and it didn't disappoint.
Earlier in the day Dad had an excellent win on the races at Caulfield, a really good win in fact so it was his shout and he put on beautiful feast for dinner. We had a great evening talking about everything and nothing. I know I laughed a lot and it was midnight by the time I got to bed. A pretty good effort Id say for this breastfeeding mother!
Sunday was of course the whole reason for this big weekend and on the whole it was a fantastic day.
The turnout was way more than the organisers had anticipated and we had LOTS of people lining up six wide and at least six people deep for tastings all day and we didn't stop. We were feeling very popular, thats for sure!
From where I was standing I saw mostly happy revellers who didn't seem to mind waiting for a drink and whom appeared to be enjoying just being there.
The atmosphere of the event on such a beautiful sunny day was awesome.
It was crazy, busy as I mentioned. So much so that I didn't get to take as many pics as I would have liked, nor have the opportunity to go and talk to other stall holders and try out their wares. We didn't even get to go to the VIP tent for the event as we were so busy. I know?? We did swap a few wines at the end of the day with a couple of other vendors in good faith which is always nice and I did taste a few nice Pinots once the crowd dwindled in the last half hour of the day.
I got to meet some great people, some of whom I am following online in this so called wine caper. It was really nice to be able to put a couple of connections together from my online social circles and talk to people in real life. I have also begun to follow a heap of new businesses on Facebook.
It was also so really assuring and positive to hear people commenting on how much they liked our wine. We had people returning numerous times to taste again and even purchase bottles. We had people say that our Savignon Blanc was the best out of all the stalls, and they all loved our Tempranillo so much it all sold out. From what I gather, the crowd also loved that we gave them a good selection of tastings in exchange for their tokens. Cam got a marriage proposal thrown in at the end of the day and was even told he should go on 'A farmer wants a wife'. ha ha!! A good day Id reckon.
Oliver was the best behaved baby going round. Wine extraordinaire this kid. So good in fact that I was able to help out with the serving much more than I had anticipated. Pouring wines for complete strangers is nerve racking stuff can I just say . The pressure was on and I couldn't believe how much my hands were shaking. ha ha!! All the adrenalin form enjoying it all.
What a day!! We sold lots of wine which is always a bonus and on the whole enjoyed the experience immensely, so much so we are already keen to be part of it next year
It was a very quiet evening back at mum and dads afterwards as you can imagine and we headed back up the freeway home on Monday afternoon.
There is no place like home!!
Have you been to a wine festival recently? What did you love about it?
Tried any nice drops lately? What can you recommend as I think I'm wanting to try something new.
Thanks for visiting today