RSL feeds 676 for Xmas
The new tradition of spending Christmas with the team at the Deniliquin RSL Club is growing in popularity.
This year, the fifth year of the event, 676 people enjoyed Christmas lunch at the club. It is a slight increase on 2015.
Club CEO David Hart said it is estimated more than 200 were first times attendees.
‘‘We had people returning for the third and fourth time — about 400 people are believed to be repeat customers,’’ Mr Hart said.
‘‘We had first-timers who were absolutely blown away by not only the array of food, but also by the carvings that were on display.’’
The carvings and sculptures, made entirely of food products, included two lighthouses, a swan, a sperm whale, a tiger and donkey from Shrek.
They were made by the club staff and Mr Hart said creating the displays took several weeks.
“The whale took around two days to finish, whereas the two lighthouses took two weeks,’’ he said.
Also unveiled on Christmas Day was a Willy Wonka scene, replicated using entirely edible materials.
It included a giant Johnny Depp inspired Wonka head and even a river of chocolate.
‘‘The scene took three weeks to create and will be on display until New Year,’’ Mr Hart said.
The traditional Christmas dinner and desserts on offer included roast and cold meats, salad, pavlova and Christmas pudding.
The club also provided popular seafood options, including Atlantic salmon, prawns and oysters.