The inaugural Paddock to Plate event hosted by Bowraville Central School Year 12 Hospitality students was held at the school farm on November 24.
The surprise menu told guests only that pork and lamb would be served for the main course.
The school bus ferried guests to the farm, where they were met with a welcome table of sunrise mocktails and mini quiches made from farm produce and Yamstick Organic eggs.
In the distance two long tables adorned with fresh flowers from school gardens beckoned.
Guests wandered around looking at photo walls, buying from the produce stall and admiring the gardens before being taken on a farm tour.
Questions were encouraged with students speaking proudly about their enterprise projects and how they had contributed to the meal.
At the chook pen a duo of devilled eggs were served … some coloured purple with beetroot powder made by the students.
Once seated a third appetizer was served – spinach, herb and garlic dip served with herb twists.
Students to top up mocktails and spritzers and encouraged guests to take a scarecrow selfie with their National Agriculture Day scarecrows.
The arrival of the main course was impressive: pulled pork or marinated lamb served with chipotle mayo or tatziki, a rainbow salad and fresh potato salad made using potatoes grown as an enterprise project.
The pigs and lamb were all born on the farm and butchered by a local butcher. Students spent a term studying pigs and enjoyed the ear tagging and vaccinating program.
The tea lights were lit and the full moon was rising when dessert was served: a wafer cannelloni filled with citrus curd cheesecake or an orange and poppy seed cake served with honey ice-cream.
The honey was the product of a recent beekeeping course at Little Star Bee Sanctuary attended by some students. The citrus used in the curd and cake was collected, juiced and zested on-site by the students before being frozen for the event.
It was then time for speeches and the Year 10 Agriculture students who were also guests, after all their hard work in planning, organising and cooking, gave a beautiful heartfelt speech of appreciation and thanks.
Special guests included Mayor Rhonda Hoban and the Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey. Both of whom were most impressed.
Agriculture teacher Lori Wilson said the evening celebrated the achievements of the students and showcased the farm. She also thanked her colleague Eve Riches, and the Hospitality students for their hard work.
But overall, it was the students and their enterprise projects that shone on the night.