Regency Banquet a highlight of #Conflux9

The Conflux 9 Regency Banquet was held on Saturday night in the ballroom of the Rydges Capital Hill in Canberra.

With entertainment from Earthly Delights, the nearly 70 ball-goers minueted and reeled their way through a delightful evening.

While the dancing and costumes were charming, the undoubted highlight of the evening was the sumptuous Regency feast* prepared by the hotel’s chefs according to recipes created by Conflux’s own Gillian Polack.

Ball guests feasted on three incredible courses:

First Course

  • A pretty dish of eggs
  • Chicken forced with caper sauce
  • White mushroom fricassee
  • Mashed parsnips
  • Tomatoes
  • French beans
  • Almond cheesecakes
  • Brentford rolls

Second Course

  • Roast sirloin with mustard sauce
  • Salad with salad cream
  • Green peas soup
  • Savoury vegetables
  • Broccoli

Third Course

  • Burnt almonds
  • Ginger drops
  • Rice cake with raspberry cream
  • Almond jumbles
  • Moonshine pudding
  • Royal cake
  • Apricot ice cream

The recipes can be found in Five Historical Feasts by Gillian Polack, available from CSFG Publishing.

* Your correspondent, dear readers, is still feeling fabulously full from feasting. If you should hear no more from me, it is because I have expired. Do not be sad, dear readers, for I shall have died quite content.

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Bookings open for Conflux 9 Market Day

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Bookings are now open for the Conflux 9 Market Day, which will be held on Saturday, 27 April 2013.

See the Market Day page for details and booking form.

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Conflux 9 art show – entries open

Entries are open for the Conflux 9/Natcon 2013 art show. Details on the Art Show page.

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Coming to the Steampunk High Tea? Nothing to wear?

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So, you’ve signed up for the Steampunk High Tea at 3pm on Thursday, 25 April 2013. It’s just over three months away (gasp!) and you haven’t got your costume sorted. The Con’s interview with Richard Harland (in PR #4) might have given you some thoughts, but now it’s time to get serious and start work on your masterpiece. You can re-use all or parts of your costume for the Junkyard Cathedral party on Saturday, 27 April, so this is a great investment of your time (not to mention productive procrastination from that WIP that’s causing so much writerly angst).

If you’re like me and need a little more stimulation to get the costume ideas flowing, here are some links worth investigating (and I’ve included text, imagery and videos to ensure those of you who like visual stimulation best!):

Explore the Wikipedia ‘Steampunk’ entry

Feast your eyes upon the Google Images for ‘Steampunk’

Visit Kinetic Steam Works (US organisation making steam-powered kinetic art)

Marvel at the US Edwardian Ball photo gallery

Check out the SF Station steampunk photo gallery

Like the Steampunk Australia Facebook page

Go on the Steampunk Cruise the week before Conflux!

Check out Threadbanger’s steampunk outfit tutorials for men and for women on their YouTube channel

Pin everything from this steampunk outfits board on Pinterest

Read Steampunk Magazine

Join the crafty cats at Steam Fashion on LiveJournal

Geek out at Brass Goggles

That should be plenty of inspiration to get you started. Please feel free to add relevant links in the comments section below. You can never have too many prompts (or opportunities for productive procrastination)!

Photo credit: Alexander Schlesier (www.steampunker.de) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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