RSL feeds 676 for Xmas

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

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.

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