Thursday, June 30, 2011

Winter Solstice Festival

Ahh the Winter Solstice Festival! An ancient pagan celebration of the shortest day of the year and a chance (IMO) to rug up and dance around a bonfire!!

So I pulled on my gumboots and and scarf and we headed to the Northey Street City Farm in Windsor.  We've been to a few Winter Solstice Festivals there and they're always fun. They usually have good vegetarian or at least organic food, and great live music.

We got there around 6.30pm and the first thing I wanted to do was eat! And I warm, winter comfort food was what I was craving. In past years they had damper cooking in a wood fire oven, and steaming bowls of curry and rice. This year though, the line up was probably half an hour long and when we finally got there they had run out of plates and serving in (very) small bowls. The food was kinda watery and tasteless. Very unsatisfying.

The music was great though. I think they were called Sons of Sound and they were a folksy, acoustic type band. They were such easy listening I was surprised I was happy to stand in the one spot for so long and just listen.

Anyways, the lack of food eventually got to us, and we went to the Pancake Manor in Elizabeth Street for a short stack and strawberries and cream.

Oh how I love this place. It's in an old church's open 24 hours. Bliss!  I remember going here with my Aunty in the early 80s when I was a kid. They had knights in suits of armour around the table in the middle, with cathedral ceilings and old church pews turned into the booths. It was warm and cosy inside, and suprisingly busy for that time of night. I loved it then and I love it now!

The best of winter...happy days...