The Ardbeg Whisky Committee's 10th Anniversary Rollercoaster Party
Remember the Easter Show? With showbags, fairy floss, rollercoasters, animals and sideshows? Remember that time when you ate two whole showbags and threw up on the ghost train? Well this party was something like that, minus the cow manure, the deep fried dagwood dogs, the carnies and the vomit.
There were Ardbeg whisky cocktails abound, including my favourite of the night, The Barry complete with apple juice, Ardbeg 10 year old whisky, bitters, lemon and apple slices to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Ardbeg committee, the coolest club going around it seems. Ardbeg released the Rollercoaster, an exclusive whisky released just for committee members which samples and showcases rare casks from the past decade. Chin chin!
The Flinders Hotel was decked out a-la-carnival, complete with a wooden sexy strongman manning the door, coloured lights and the only southern style carnival food you want to remember, stuffed potato skins, popcorn chicken, hot dogs, fairy floss, the works, prepared by ex Tetsuya's chef, Thomas Lim, (who knew you could make hot dogs Tetsuya-style?)
Guests were meandering about with little plush puppies poking out of their purses that they had won on the laughing clown game. Yours truly included, I tried my hardest to win the hip flask or the mini bottles of whisky but to no avail, the puppy is now called Allan, thanks for asking!
On the way out, bypassing the fake tattoo artist in the corner who was busy adorning women's necks with sketches of birds, I got all up in a sticky, glorious mess thanks to the cloud of fairy floss that was devoured for dessert, turning a blind eye to the distorting carnival mirrors that make your bum look wider and your head shrink.
Thanks for the party, Ardbeg. Hope that's not my bra hanging from the bar...