By EHM Feature Writer Eliska Lam Chan-Siy
I've always been a Spring girl. It's the time for new things, soirees and of course, spring luncheons. So when Jade invited me to come with her to the Abbotsford Convent for their Spring Luncheon, it was a no-brainer for me.
I've had the chance to visit the venue for styled shoots, fairs and events but never had the chance to learn about all the heritage or meet the team properly, so it was a lovely opportunity to do both, whilst enjoying a beautifully prepared lunch. Abbotsford Convent is filled with such stunning architecture that it easily feels like you are at a get-away somewhere and even traveled through time just walking along the buildings and beautiful gardens.
Upon arrival, we were directed to the courtyard to start with some amazing cocktails catered by the beautiful Bursaria. I've heard so much about Bursaria that I was really excited to finally get to taste their amazing menu. As the exclusive caterers of Abbotsford Convent, their passion for food reflects their stylish menu offerings which are always seasonally fresh and catered specifically to your event.
They can cater grazing platters, light lunches and even stylish three course meals which is a definite plus knowing that you can tailor your food to your event. It's the best way to create the ultimate event experience!
We were then led into the Rosina Function space with Bursaria's beautiful spread of long tables. The space is a stylist's dream with high ceilings, huge windows and exposed trusses. My mind always thinks ofa different look everytime I walk into this room!
Lunch was exquisite to say the least and was followed by a tour of the convent. From the Breakfast Parlour to the Salon and Oratory, all rooms have different capacities holding from 12 to 300. And with 20 spaces available for hire you have so many options to choose from, all with their own character and purpose. Be it workshops, small functions, conferences or markets, this is one stunning ground for your next event!
During the tour it was great to learn more about the Abbotsford Convent Foundation who manage the convent site and ensure that the precinct stays intact for future generations to enjoy. Knowing that the foundation relies solely on community donations and the income from the venue hire means that we can feel good knowing that we are doing our part to help keep this heritage site intact.
All images courtesy of Abbotsford Convent and Jean Kemshal-Bell except where noted. Flowers by Terrace Garden Florists.