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High Tea on the Hastings

Posted by Discover Magazine Port Macquarie on 18 May 2018
High Tea on the Hastings

This weekend Meghan Markle is set to sparkle

Royal wedding fever is kicking in. Will you be watching? There's sure to be lots of pomp and pageantry and we can't wait to see THE DRESS!

The Mid North Coast isn't synonymous with High Society celebrations. We're more surfers, sunshine and sandy toes. So if you're here in Port Macquarie and want a fix of elegant fashion, fascinators and fabulous fun - what's a girl to do?

Natalie Junge has the answer.

The occasion? Not quite a Royal Wedding but the fabulous High Tea on the Hastings. Who needs the tradition of London or the grandeur of Windsor Castle when we've got spectacular views of the Hastings River and Pacific Ocean!

Indulge in towers of delicious sweets and sandwiches. Enjoy a selection of World Par-Tea unique flavoured teas and Angove Sparkling Wine.

The British tradition of High Tea began in the 18th Century. It's rumoured around this time the Fourth Earl of Sandwich had the ingenious idea of placing meat and fillings between two slices of bread. And so the High Tea sandwich was born.

Thanks to the Brits the High Tea has crossed the globe. Possibly the only place to enjoy High Tea in Australia is Rydges Port Macquarie. We interview organiser Natalie Junge to tell us more about the event on 30th June.


Natalie Junge

Natalie, The High Tea on the Hastings is a special event for a good cause, can you tell us more about it?

We're excited to announce The High Tea on the Hastings is now in its ninth year. The event was established in memory of Rachel Flakus who passed away suddenly. Rachel and I volunteered for Camp Quality so after she passed it was an easy decision to raise funds for Camp Quality. 

Once a year the High Tea on the Hastings brings people together to remember Rachel and enjoy fine food in the Bayside Ballroom overlooking the beautiful Hastings River. The Camp Quality Cocktails are always popular and $2 from each drink goes directly to Camp Quality. 

High Tea on the Hastings at Rydges

What's your involvement with the event?

I am one of the organisers along with Irene Mifsud and the Rydges team. Each year we have a Make over Mum and Daughter where they are treated to a new hairstyle, makeup and an outfit courtesy of The Hastings Co-Op.  Another fantastic local business is Raine and Horne, they sponsor a table for Mums who have been impacted by childhood cancer.  We are so grateful for our sponsors.

How can people support the event?

Get a table together and join us on 30th of June between 2pm and 6pm. Tickets are $49 each which includes a glass of bubbles on arrival and a beautiful array of sweet and savory delights.  Everyone gets a beautiful and tasty cupcake to take home, made by Rachel's lovely Mum Pam.  

If people visit for the weekend where would you tell them to explore? 

Take time to discover the tiny beaches and hidden coves along our coastline. I often take my son and there is so much space to explore, play, swim and find sea life.

Coastal beaches

Do you prefer the beach or bush for a weekend away?

Definitely bush for a weekend away as I live near the beach. I love being outdoors and the quiet of the bush, I find it very calming.

High Tea on The Hastings

Can you share an interesting local fact or story about where you live that might appeal to holiday makers?

There are plenty of events to use as an excuse to bring people to the region like the Oysters in the Vines, Wildwood Festival, Ironman and of course High Tea on the Hastings! 

If you were stranded on Pelican Island for a week what or who would you take with you? 

I think I would rather be admiring the view of Pelican Island from the Rydges balcony! I would take my son Sam and a week's supply of chocolate - for Sam of course. Some cool tunes, swimmers and sunscreen. I am pretty sure that we wouldn't last a week but if I had a pool to laze by with 24 hour room service I would give it a go! 

Will you be watching the Royal Wedding? 

Yes, I certainly will...and I will be checking out the hats and fascinators so I can be kitted out like royalty at the High Tea on the Hastings!

For tickets and information visit Rydges Port Macquarie 


Rydges Port Macquarie

Author: Discover Magazine Port Macquarie
Tags: Things to Do Camden Haven Eating and Drinking

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