Where: 4369 Happy Valley Road
When: Anytime after 12pm August 11, 2012
Cost: $12 [or at least that was the price in 2011] if you bring a salad or dessert to share
Notes: BYOB & camping equipment to stay the night. At this point, I found the info on Facebook and I have no idea of more details but keep checking www.victoriakiwis.com for more info!
Please RSVP - "Campers are welcome. Bring a tent, camper or motorhome and stay the night. Just let Dave Cresswell know. 250-478-2476 email@example.com"
So last year, we participated in* "The Great Kiwi Hangi." (A Hangi is a Maori way of cooking things by burying them underground with fire). Once a year, Dave Cresswell turns his farm in Metchosin into an epic little slice of New Zealand. Some years he's had more than 200 people! The entire Kiwi community plus a bunch of Aussies and some Canadians comes out, pitches a tent/brings a trailer and has a great time. There was live music and Polynesian dancing and lawn games aplenty.
The top ten reasons why the Hangi is like the Hospital:
- You get a free bracelet.
- You leave sleep deprived but feeling happier than when you arrived.
- Half the people smell like alcohol.
- Your food is cooked en mass and the smell of it permeates everything.
- You leave with a sore back from sitting in uncomfortable chairs for hours.
- They tell you to come back again but how long that will take seems like a lifetime.
- Americans mock it as inferior and Canadians don't know how good they have it but the Kiwis know where it's at.
- Arriving too late means there will be huge line ups and a long walk from where you parked your car.
- The bathrooms aren't as scary as you anticipated going in.
- You are surrounded by people you don't know, but there is a general sense of kinship because you're somehow all in this together.
Ok, ok, all kidding aside, why I am I writing about this on a food blog? Because of what came out of the ground:
- 2 lamb
- 1 pig
- 1/4 cow
- 10 smoked chicken
- 10 steamed chicken
- 10 sockeye
- Assorted root vegetables
Then they had a contest to see who made the best Pavlova. I was too full to remember to take a picture of the dessert table. Sorry. I swear it was a mile long!
While the primary demographic for this epic event is expat New Zealanders, food-loving Canadians or ex-pats from other countries seemed quite welcomed. It's not really my place to invite people at all, but it was my impression last year that it was pretty much a public event provided that you aren't a troublemaker... and you bring your appetite!