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The autumn Hidden Feast, held at Mount Majura Vineyard

The Winter Hidden Feast: A delicious night for a great cause

Valeriya Lloyd and Beatrice Smith

“If I told you what the signature dish is, I’d have to kill you”

This is how seriously the secrets of the Hidden Feast are guarded, and how specially preserved the experience of the guests is.

Each season, just a small selection of tickets (grab yours from Moshtix) are offered for this unique dining experience – a night of food, drink and frivolity under the stars in a special, (very) secret location.

“Hidden Feasts are held in a unique location, the specifics of which is not revealed until the guests arrive to the feast location after being picked up on the bus,” explains founder of the Hidden Feast and one woman powerhouse behind The Macadames, Anisa Sabet. “The locations vary from urban to rural.”

Anisa Sabet

Anisa Sabet

A secret location is not the only surprise that dinner guests should expect. Each menu is meticulously designed by Anisa and head chef for the evening Aaron Teece of Studio Neon to represent both the season and setting.

“I draw a lot of inspiration from the seasons, the menu and the type of mood I want to create for the feast, and this is what guides me when selecting tableware, glassware and napery,” explains Anisa. “The stylist, Lean Timms, is the creative behind the event styling and always comes up with something that matches my vision perfectly and often improves it tenfold, which is why we make such a good team.”

The autumn Hidden Feast, held at Mount Majura Vineyard

The autumn Hidden Feast, held at Mount Majura Vineyard

“Fionna Tammin, the florist, always provides stunning bespoke foliage and flower arrangements that complement the styling of the event. She is such a talent and the event is so lucky to have her.”

The autumn Hidden Feast, held at Mount Majura Vineyard

The autumn Hidden Feast, held at Mount Majura Vineyard

But this isn’t just an indulgent night for the sake of it. 100% of the profits from every single Hidden Feast go to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Foundation at the Canberra Hospital.

“Our goal was to raise $10,000 and we are on schedule to achieve that, thanks largely to our wonderful sponsors and guests,” says Anisa. “Many suppliers provide goods either free of charge, or substantially discounted, which makes all the difference in our being able to raise this amount of money.”

The autumn Hidden Feast, held at Mount Majura Vineyard

The autumn Hidden Feast, held at Mount Majura Vineyard

It’s a cause close to Anisa’s heart as her daughter Remi had an extended stay in NICU after her birth in 2015.

The NICU Foundation is a local ACT and Southern NSW based charity that raises money for medical research and nurse education to help critically ill newborn babies achieve normal, healthy lives.

“I’d imagine $10,000 could go a long way in providing items and services as required,” says Anisa. “It largely depends on what the hospital needs at any given time, however in the past, donations have gone towards things like upgrading parent amenities, providing feeding chairs for mothers, buying extra breast pumps etc. These are all the little things that make all the difference when you have a child in the NICU.”

The autumn Hidden Feast, held at Mount Majura Vineyard.

The autumn Hidden Feast, held at Mount Majura Vineyard.

The Winter Hidden Feast will be the final Feast for 2017 so save the date (Saturday 5 August, to be exact) for a very special event in support of a good cause.

WANT TO SEE MORE? HERE’S A GLIMPSE OF THE AUTUMN HIDDEN FEAST THAT WAS HELD AT MOUNT MAJURA VINEYARD

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the essentials

What: The Winter Hidden Feast
When: Saturday 5 August from 5pm-9.45pm (approximately)
Where: A secret location with bus pickup from the Canberra CBD at the start of the night
Tickets: $275 for a multi-course dinner with matched wine, gift and bus transport – 100% of all proceeds go to charity
Purchase tickets and find more information via Moshtix

HerCanberra are proud sponsors of Hidden Feast

All images by Lean Timms

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Valeriya Lloyd

Val is studying Communications in Media and Public Affairs at University of Canberra and has a great passion for writing (in two languages as she originally came to Canberra from Russia). Val enjoys writing about life generally, and sometimes from a fictional perspective. She often generates new ideas in sudden moments and admits that she has at least two diaries, where she writes her notes and inspiration for future stories. She loves to meet new people and showcase their talents and originality. Val is very social person, who loves the local lifestyle and the inner beauty of Canberra. More about the Author

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Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Editorial Coordinator involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise you’ll find her at the movies, ordering a cheese board or ordering a cheese board at the movies. More about the Author

  • Helen

    I have been to all 3 of the Hidden Feast events and will be attending the fourth and final one in August. Apart from the fund raising aspects, which are wonderful, the night is just plain fun. Everything from the bus ride and “warm up” drink through to the wines, the delicious meal and the beautiful settings (both the location and the wonderful table and flower arrangements) are fantastic. It is all topped off with the opportunity to meet and talk to people who you wouldn’t normally meet.

    Anisa, and all her team of volunteers do an amazing job of pulling together such a marvelous evening each and every time.

    I highly recommend it as a great night out.

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