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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#Conflux9 Steampunk High Tea

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The Conflux 9 Steampunk High Tea was held yesterday in the gorgeous Atrium of the Rydges Capital Hill. Gorgeous frocks and sumptuous delights vied for attention of Conflux members. Another scone? Or find out who is beneath that fabulous cyber-samurai costume? Oh, the dilemmas!

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Conflux 9 is underway!

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We are underway with Conflux 9, Australia’s national speculative fiction convention for 2013.

Registrations are streaming in, being managed with aplomb, as always, by Karen Herkes and her crew (Tara and Maddi).

Workshops are underway on Level 1 at Rydges Capital Hill and we are gearing up for the Con’s first social event, the Steampunk High Tea, at 3pm in the Atrium.

See you there?

 

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Conflux media release – National science fiction writing festival set to blast off in Canberra

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The 52nd Australian National Science Fiction Convention (NATCON) will be held in Canberra from 25-28 April 2013 at the Rydges Capital Hill hotel. As well as being the 2013 NATCON, the convention is the 9th Conflux, the annual Canberra speculative fiction convention.

Set to be the biggest sci-fi writing festival held this year, the event will feature workshops, panel sessions with Australian and international guests, a Regency-themed banquet, a masquerade disco and a steampunk high tea.

Conference co-chairs Donna Hanson and Nicole Murphy said the NATCON was coming to Canberra in 2013 to help the national capital celebrate its centenary. We pitched for NATCON to come to Canberra back in 2011. We are so excited it is almost here – some of the guests of honour have never appeared in Australia before and we can’t wait to hear what they have to say about the future of speculative fiction.

While the main focus of the conference is on writing, we welcome any fan of science fiction or fantasy. We’re thrilled that many of the participants are readers and fans. We’ve worked hard to make the program as inclusive as possible and we hope that we’ll see a lot of new faces at this year’s convention.

Not only will the panels and workshops be interesting, diverse and fun, but convention members also have the chance to express their creative side with a steampunk-themed high tea and a masquerade disco with the theme of “angels, junk, steam”.

The social events are a fabulous opportunity to get out your Edwardian or Regency costume (we just know you’ve got one in the back of your cupboard) and have a little fun as we celebrate the diversity of the Australian science and speculative fiction community.

We are also having a Regency Gothic banquet on the Friday night of the convention, which will feature authentic Regency-era food. The menu was prepared by local historian, Dr Gillian Polack.

For more information about the conference, to view the program and to register to attend, visit the website: www.conflux.org.au

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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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Promoting Conflux 9 at Conflux 8 this weekend!

To make this a special occasion, I have made a steampunk-themed cake for the Conflux 9 table. Come on over a drool. Take pictures. The cake is edible art, I think. Cakes are very transient.

I’m not sure what we will do with the cake. Perhaps we will auction it at the closing ceremony to raise money for Conflux 9.

And another view.

Underneath all that sugar is a white mud cake with white chocolate ganache (top layer) and a caramel mud cake below with Belgian dark chocolate ganache.

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