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Fill your year with food and feasting with this collection of celebratory meals, party food and sweet treats for a range of special occasions. From Easter to Christmas, birthdays to anniversaries, and every occasion in between, you'll find dishes from across the world to help you put together the perfect menu for family and friends.
With traditional meals that have been served up for centuries, to elegant modern takes on celebration staples, many recipes come with an introductory paragraph explaining the history and cultural relevance of the dish, as well as where to source hard-to-find ingredients and serving suggestions. Chapters include Australia Day (which features a mouthwatering range of seafood and BBQ dishes) Halloween (a collection of gruesome party treats that are perfect to prepare with children, such as Slime Punch and Meringue Bones) and International Celebrations (from St Patrick's Day and Thanksgiving to beer-fuelled Oktoberfest dishes). Space is also given to Mother's and Father's Days, as well as Easter and religious feasts from around the world.
Recipes also feature tips on what to serve with each dish and include suggestions for complementary grape varieties and styles of wines. Celebrate! with food & wine is the perfect resource for party-planners, with inspiring and sometimes unusual offerings guaranteed to delight your guests.
Victoria Heywood came across many weird, supposedly edible, things in 17 years' travelling the world as a journalist, but none so strange as some of the dished she encountered back home in Australia when researching Possum Pie, Beetroot Beer and Lamingtons. In a writing career spanning 20-odd years, Heywood has written extensively about food, sex, health and travel for magazines and newspapers both here and abroad, and is the author of numerous books.
Read an extract from the Fernwood Magazine.