Circus Theme

Forte recently worked with a client where the main objective of the day was to entertain and amaze guests. Circus was the theme and the Sydney Observatory Marquee and surrounding courtyards were transformed into a big top tent for the day. Guests were greeted appropriately by a ringleader and contortionist as well as the Forte wait staff who offered fairy floss and tantalising beverages. Large life-sized animal props were scattered around the area including a baby elephant, lion in its cage and white show horses complete with brightly coloured saddles & bridle. Throughout the afternoon a vast assortment of roving circus performers including stilt walkers, clowns, unicyclist, jugglers, hoola hoopers and balancing duos entertained and delighted guests with their enchanting (and occasionally jaw dropping) acts.

Fete stalls and wooden food trucks were positioned in the courtyard to add to the fun & vibrant theme of the day. Inside the marquee guests were greeted by a fresh oyster and raw bar displayed in a row boat with a selection of oysters, yamba prawns, hiramasa kingfish sashimi with young ginger & fuji apple salad, scallops with nashi pear dressing, yellowfin tuna & Atlantic salmon sashimi. Accompaniments included edamame beans, wakame salad, fresh lemons & limes and miniature clay cups of Dassai sake.

Outside the three food stalls were set up for a BBQ , Slider station & Catalan Paella. The BBQ items included a mix of luscious lobster tails with garlic butter & fresh shallots, grilled scampi with lemon, garlic & fresh parsley and chilli beef hot dogs with tomato & chipotle salsa.

The slider station was definitely one of the most popular of the day with pulled shortrib, avocado & haloumi on brioche buns served with crispy onion rings & a selection of condiments.

Catalan Paella was served with an abundance of prawns, squid, chorizo and chicken, infused with saffron and smoked paprika and cooked in a theatrical 1.2m paella pan. Guests were also invited to indulge in a Christmas themed buffet included whole roasted honey & bourbon glazed leg ham and lobster mornay with white wine veloute, parmesan cheese & garlic…

The event was a fantastic day and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended – how could they not with the abundance of performers, theming and fun food options!

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