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On the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of November, the Hatter & the Hare hosted two different kinds of High Tea events.

Two session of an All-Vegan High Tea was hosted on the 3rd of November to celebrate World Vegan Day. It was a day that tested the skills and creativity of both our kitchen and pastry teams, and we think both have come up strong with a variety of sweet and savoury items that our guests enjoyed.

To start kickoff the event, vegan scones with vegan whipped cream, lemon curd and housemade raspberry Jam were served along with bubblies and drinks.

For savouries, Head Chef Kyle Noll and his team served the following:

  • Vegan Fried Chicken And Waffles
  • Mini Buckwheat Noodle Steaming Ramen
  • Mushroom & Feta Burger, Saffron Aioli, Asparagus
  • Carrot Hummus, Pickled Red Onion, Chickpea Falafel, Tahini COYO
  • Tomato, Olive Tapenade, Avocado, Broccoli Pesto Finger Sandwich

Head Pastry Chefs Robyn Curnow and George Dardamanis put their heads together with the pastry team and came up with an impressive all-vegan dessert selection:

  • Chocolate Cake
  • Mixed Berry Cheesecake Cup
  • Lemon Meringue Tart
  • Orange & Chocolate Ganache Yellow Macaron with Gold
  • Lychee & Raspberry Panna Cotta
  • Salted Caramel Bon Bon


On the afternoon of the 4th of November, an extra lavish High Tea was  served to celebrate the Spring Racing Carnival. Guests came in dressed -to-impress. We even provided a wall backdrop with a custom balloon installation by Sofi Event so that guests can take their souvenir photos from the afternoon affair.

Head Chef Kyle Noll and his kitchen team impressed once again with their savoury offerings of:

  • Leek & Manchego Croquette, Bacon Jam, Chilli Aioli
  • Confit Nib Rib, Salsa Verde, Salt And Vinegar Salt Bush
  • Pork Belly Steaming Ramen
  • King Salmon Mi Cuit, Cucumber, Yoghurt, Dill, Crisp Bagel
  • Chicken BLT Finger Sandwich

The pastry team headed by Head Pastry Chefs George Dardamanis and Robyn Curnow provided the following as the sweets selection:

  • Gianduja Choux
  • Mixed Berry Panna Cotta Garden Cup
  • Lemon Meringue Tart
  • Orange & Chocolate Ganache Yellow Macaron with Gold
  • Blueberry Lemon Friand
  • Bon Bon

Guests had the option to get unlimited Red and white wine or sparkling wine. Sparkling soda and other drinks were also on offer.

Vegan High Tea Highlights

Melbourne Cup High Tea Highlights

Some might say this may be the most polarising pair of events to host on a single weekend, but we here at the Hatter & the Hare are about bringing the community together despite the differences in personal preferences. We will always endeavor to promote an inclusive and safe space here and that everyone enjoys a great time during the time they spend in our café.

Did you join us for High Tea during the weekend? Let us know what you thought about your experience by commenting below.

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