Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Dark Mofo-Winter Feast
This winter definitely had a different feel to it. No longer did I feel like staying in at nights and hiding behind a bottle of red and a book by the fire, although not complaining if that was the only choice. No, it was the first year that MONA went out and launched their winter dark MOFO in celebration of the winter solstice. A time when Hobart shuts down and is in need of social festivities to warm its inhabitant's and remind them of why they live here. I was very impressed with the getup, walking into the Elizabeth st. shed was nothing like the Taste, more edgy, with more people crammed in like sardines, excited wide eyed looks on their faces as we all made our way around, keen to embrace this new cultural phenomenon. Soft, red lighting and candles enhanced the muses which danced around as part of the scenery. Outside gas flames lit up the street and laser works stunned the new comers that had flocked to check out the edible art. No one cared that it was raining and freezing, because this was a new experience, nothing to complain about, the winter feast had definitely started off well. Queuing was a key negative here, as the crowds were massive, with not enough food stands to cater, also there was no flow to the crowd, with everyone battling each other to go their way. We saw there were some of our favourites here, including Rin and Pacha Mama. But we couldn't go past Bruny Island Cheese company. Indulging in a welsh rarebit and sauteed mushroom jaffle. With a glass of MONA cab merlot, sat outside by the fires it was a comforting, thematic and lovely experience. Following our melted cheesy treats and caught up in the moment we downed a super creamy goats milk ice cream with a hazelnut chocolate fudge sauce, also from Bruny. Still feeling peckish, we later had a soft shell goat taco from Olli Bella, another super warming and spicy experience. I hope the Winter Dark MOFO is catered for every year, as I really feel that this event has changed the experience of Hobart's winters, and the community's indulgence in it.