Food features in this year’s heritage celebrations


Safari suppers, alfresco affairs, high teas and soirees all feature on the programme for the Victorian Heritage Celebrations being held in November this year.

Wendy Simpson, Oamaru iSite, said a Safari Supper, or progressive dinner, is being held on Friday, November 14 starting with canapes at the Criterion Hotel in the Historic Precinct. Diners will then board the train and ride down to the Portside Restaurant and Bar for their main course, before returning to the Criterion for dessert.

The Venerable Victorian Alfresco Affair is being held on the evening of Thursday, November 13 at the Early Settlers Hall, Oamaru, and involves a play about picnic etiquette and how to pack a hamper followed by a food demonstration on items that you would find in your Victorian hamper.

A grand tour of the countryside by either double decker bus or car is to conclude with a picnic at Totara Estate on Thursday, November 13, and high tea will be served at Pen-y-bryn Lodge on Saturday, November 15 from 4-6pm. Also on this evening Annie Baxter, from the former Annie’s Victorian Tearooms is holding a Victorian soiree, or social gathering, at Burnside Homestead, Oamaru.



ETIQUETTE NEEDED: High tea being served at Pen-y-bryn Lodge, Oamaru, during a previous Victorian heritage week celebration.

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