AFF16: Variety On King William Escapes To The Orient

Now in its fifth year, Adelaide’s iconic long lunch wowed hundreds of guests while showcasing some of this season’s hottest fashions.

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Now in its fifth year, Adelaide’s iconic long lunch did not disappoint despite starting off with some dreary wet weather. Adelaide’s style set came out in full force to raise money for the silent victims of domestic violence this Christmas – our SA kids and to celebrate the variety (pun intended) that is the King William Road fashion.

This year’s theme ‘Escape to the Orient’, melded Asian-inspired cuisine, music and fashion, adding more fuel to Adelaide’s growing love affair with China. Guests were treated to a four-course Asian-inspired lunch, matched perfectly with a selection of wine from Tomich Hill, Wicks estate, and Fox Gordon. Oh and did we mention there were dancing Chinese Dragons? Because yes there were.

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Bigger than ever before, this year’s event saw an additional 10 tables added to the already sold out show, plus it was business as usual for Hyde Park Traders, allowing anyone the opportunity to soak up the experience and some of our famous Spring sun (which thankfully came out to say hi just in time).

Prior to the show, attendees flocked in to the garden party, enjoying canapes from Ichitaro Dining. Models weaved their way amongst the crowd, shaded by beautiful white parasols and decked out in blush pink ensembles (the colour of the season might we add). It echoed not only the oriental theme, but showed how on trend we are.

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Now on to the alfresco experience. It began with an entrée of soy and mirin glazed chicken, grilled lavera haloumi, pickled shiitake mushrooms, beetroot and crispy shallots salad from Light Bulb Café. This was followed by a main from Parisi’s, of king reef Barramundi marinated with sumac and coriander topped with bok nee mushrooms, spring onion, carrot, capsicum in a seafood bouillon. It’s okay guys, our mouths are watering again too.

We really have to talk about the dessert of the day though, an incredible creation from Blackbird fittingly dubbed ‘The Red Empress’. It was made with 2 choux pastries, lemongrass cream filled with green apple and lime jelly, ginger crumble and raspberry cream. While it certainly satisfied our sweet tooth, it was an added bonus to find our fortune hidden inside the top layer. In case you’re wondering, it read: ‘Love can last a lifetime, if you want it to.’ Words to live by everyone.

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The fashion show featured an incredible line up of 13 boutiques from the popular shopping strip, with beauty, shoes and accessories all supplied by local retailers. Dreamy spring silks from Elizabeth V stole our hearts and we’re certain everyone’s credit cards too, while King William Road royalty Liza Emanuele stormed the runway in monochromatic stripes and splashes of cobalt blue.

It’s been a highlight since its inception and this year was no different. Onwards and upwards we say.

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Photography by Meaghan Coles

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