who took them using his iPad.
The Eurovision Song Contest has been a source of excitement in my house every May as far back as I can remember. Husband loves it as much as I do, and every year our festivities have become more and more elaborate. As has the Contest itself, blowing out to a three-night affair with an opening ceremony. This year, the 60th anniversary year, the contestants even came out marching behind their national flags, just like the Olympics! I haven't blogged about our activities before, but I just couldn't let it pass by this year, as Australia was allowed to compete for the very first time! To be honest, I had mixed feelings about this. Normally only countries that broadcast the Eurovision TV station are eligible to compete, and we are about as far away from Europe as you can get. But on the other hand, I was incredibly excited! So let me share how we celebrated Eurovision 2015 -- with food and drink!
Husband decided to go all-out with the drinks this year, and he decided to purchase this tabletop Kegerator, which holds a 5-litre keg of drink, cools it and keeps it fizzy. So we were able to pour drinks quickly and easily without having to get bottles of soft drink out of the fridge, mix them and all that mucking around. I highly recommend it if you're having a big party.
(Sorry this photo is a little fuzzy.)
The second night, we set up the board again, but just worked our way through it from left to right. I couldn't eat very many of the chocolates though!
After all that, on the third night we just decided to drink at our own pace from the Kegerator.
As for the foods, we went with an all-Austrian menu for the whole weekend. I think this is the part we both enjoy the most -- researching national dishes, planning the menu, sourcing the ingredients, and of course cooking and eating!
On nights one and two, we ate Gulasch with cheese and herb Semmelknödel. Here is the Gulasch in the slow cooker before cooking:
I have to say, it was very satisfying walking into my local bakery and saying to the lady behind the counter, "I'd like all the Danishes, please!" Happily, they were all different flavours, so we got to try a variety.
Now, why were we doing all of this again? Oh yes, the Eurovision Song Contest! Well, Australia came 5th, which I think is an achievement to be proud of. I'm grateful that the people of Europe voted for our little song. Most of the other songs I like did well, so I'm happy with that. And next year we're off to Sweden again, for the second time in 4 years! Looks like a trip to the Ikea grocery store is in my future.
What to do now that the party is over? I think I might listen to all of the songs on YouTube again!