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A Midsummer Charity Affair

HerCanberra Team

Each year, the Neonatal Unit at Canberra Hospital takes in 500 babies from the southern New South Wales region who begin their lives with a fight.

Over 100 will require assisted ventilation with equipment not available elsewhere. Many are pre-term; many have complications and spend longer periods of time in intensive care.

Recently, local photographer, stylist and blogger, Anisa Sabet of The Macadames, held her second charity dinner party series set among the vines at Four Winds WineryHidden Feast is the creation of Anisa and her team and is set to raise $10,000 over four events in 2016-17, with 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) Foundation.

The next event in the series is scheduled for 6 May, however, all tickets sold out in 36 hours so be sure to stay tuned the week commencing 8 May to snap up tickets for the last winter-inspired feast, scheduled for 19 August.

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Hidden Feast is more than just a long table dinner with friends, it’s an opportunity for passionate partners and guests to come together to enjoy a unique dining experience while raising money for a worthy cause. the NICU Foundation holds a special place in Anisa’s heart, having had her own daughter have an extended stay in NICU.

“Although it was a rough start, the beautiful nurses and doctors at NICU and TCH Canberra hospital made all the difference,” says Anisa.

The foundation is a local charity that raises money for medical equipment, research and Nurse education to help give the ACT and Southern NSW’s critically ill newborn babies, the best chance to lead healthy, normal lives. In addition to this, the foundation provides comforting equipment for parents and families including additional breast pumps, entertainment equipment where families can watch television in a relaxed environment and all the furniture to enable a parent’s overnight stay.

These are all the simple things that can make such a difficult time a little bit easier. For more information on the foundation, please see the Hidden Feast website.

So what can guests expect from a Hidden Feast?

The Midsummer feast was set amongst the vines at Four Winds Vineyard in Murrumbateman. Four Winds Vineyard started out as one couple’s dream to grow and sell grapes and has turned into an inter-generational family business. Four Winds Vineyard now grows grapes, makes wine and has a cellar door on site, so that you can come and sit amongst the vines and enjoy their wines with delicious wood-fired pizzas.

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John and Sarah Collingwood own and operate the business. John has swapped physiotherapy for viticulture and manages the vineyard while Sarah with a background in events and marketing oversees all the business operations. You can see the love that has gone into the vineyard over the past few years, having recently built a hay shed for larger events and beautifully rebranded their packaging (the wine is ace too!).

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“Although it rained intermittently all day, as soon as the guests arrived, the fog rolled out and by the time canapé’s were served, the sun started to break through and we were blessed with the most stunning golden light at sunset,” says Anisa.

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“The table was styled by amazing stylist (and photographer) Lean Timms using wares kindly donated by Harris Scarfe and Canberra Outlet CentreSauvage Urbain and Gold Wedding Hire.”

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“The most stunning floral and foliage feature you have ever seen was curated by lovely florist Fionna Tammin of Peony N’ Pearl. She worked tirelessly all day (with her lovely worker bee husband, Greg) and the final result was just perfect.”

Upon arriving, guests were welcomed by a tarragon, gin and rose martini made by Juniper Bar & Cocktails and were treated to a delicious four-course menu created by the chef, Aaron Teece of Studio Neon. Far from the balmy evening imagined for a Summer feast, the rain luckily held off and the guests snuggled under wraps and blankets and spent the evening, wining, dining and getting to know 31 new best friends.

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Anisa at the Midsummer Hidden Feast

“Hidden Feast are so lucky to have such a stellar group of sponsors of whom without, the event would not be possible,” explains Anisa. “All of these partners offered goods, time and passionate support of Hidden Feast and the NICU Foundation, and the event couldn’t be more grateful.”

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The team is delighted to have many on board for their next feast, being held May 6 2017, and they can’t wait to work with them on a special Autumn themed dinner party for their guests.

And for guests interested in attending the Hidden Feast?

“Don’t forget to hashtag #hiddenfeastcbr when attending the events,” says Anisa. “We love to see your experience.”

For a full wrap-up of photos and sponsors, please see Anisa’s The Macadames blog post here. All photos pictured here are taken by the very talented Lean Timms.

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