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If an afternoon of indulging in the best food and wine Darwin has to offer gets your tastebuds tingling, pack you picnic rugs and get ready for Graze.

Food from local boutique suppliers and wines sourced from around the country will be on offer at the tropical event, now in its third year.

Eliza McClelland, owner of Pony and Sid catering, says she’ll be whipping up antipasto boards for food lovers this year.

“There will be mustard seeds and warm marinated olives and I’ll be doing some rosemary and polenta chips with garlic aioli,” she says.

“Last year I did arancini – they were great but I thought I’d try something different this year.”

McClelland started her business at the end of 2016 after returning to Darwin following a spell in Byron Bay where she immersed herself in the food culture.

“I worked for a catering company in Byron called 100 Mile Table and learned a lot of things from them – they were really incredible,” she says.

When McClelland moved back to Darwin she initially tried to move out of the hospitality industry, but she was pulled back in and it wasn’t long before Pony and Sid was born.

“I just wanted something different to what Darwin normally sees,” she says.

“I try to use the best quality ingredients I can and I take a lot of pride in presentation.”

Graze co-founder Dimity Walker says the event is all about shining a spotlight on the talented local food industry and businesses like Pony and Sid.

“It’s an opportunity to showcase some of the best local food businesses and people can come and enjoy our beautiful tropical surroundings with premium Australian wines,” she says.

“It’s an afternoon to indulge – think antipasto and wine, and good friends and a DJ under a shady tree.”


See the event listing.

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