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But first… Let me take a selfie


There sure is an art to taking selfies and team FireWorks really felt we mastered it last week when we visited the Good Food and Wine Festival at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

As it was almost the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, and by the Queen I of course am referring to the darling Kathryn H Lane who celebrated her 34th birthday (ok – a little bit of an understatement but we will roll with it), the team decided that we ought to begin the day with cake, coffee and funk ourselves up with some R & B tunes before hitting up the festival.

Once we’d completed our usual morning routine of responding to emails and phone calls from our various clients, we decided it was indeed time to mix it with the Myki, ‘pop in for some lunch’ at the show, see what’s new and happening before returning to the office.  The best laid plans….

Getting our priorities straight on arrival, we purchased our wine tasting glass and started up the far end of the show with the idea of stalking the aisles supermarket-style, until we hit the other end. Along the way we ate some delicious spinach and cheese gozleme made in front of our very eyes; tasted Strawberry Beer; scoffed Hunted & Gathered chocolate; did a shot of Mr Black coffee liqueur; discovered what Maple Water is and saw our Beer Diva friend Kirrily Waldhorn at the Dan Murphy’s beer and cider hall!  And we even got a public shoutout from wine guru Nick Ryan who was presenting a masterclass.  And we were only halfway.

We found the VIP lounge and waltzed straight in to mingle with the likes of the charismatic celebrity chef Ainsley Harriet and local TV identity, Miguel Maestre. This really was the start of our selfie obsession…… everywhere we went, everyone we met, it was selfie time.

After the celebrity selfies, we headed to the wine ‘pavilion’ and met the lovely Nathan Hughes, winemaker at Brokenwood.  He took us through a tasting line up before, you guessed it, a selfie, pinging his boss to show that he really was working hard!  Over to Barossa, down to McLaren Vale, Margaret River and back through Victoria, our vinous journey was complete.  Now for some more cheese…..and dancing, but that’s another story.