As someone who has lived in Canberra for over a decade now, I have heard of and attended afternoon teas at the Hyatt multiple times. It is the benchmark, or the golden standard if you will, for what an afternoon tea should be. Held in the impeccably styled Tea Lounge, afternoon teas are a decadent affair with sweet and savoury options beyond your wildest dreams, and of course a glass of bubbly here and there.
So, being invited to attend an afternoon tea that would also feature fashions from the latest collections of Fashfest allumni designers Zilpah Tart, Sovata, Karen Lee and Braddon Tailors; I was very quick to jump at the opportunity.
Fashion and food – does it get any better?
In fact, it does.
Strolling through the manicured grounds to enter the gorgeous Heritage hotel, you start to notice how the mystique and romance of the 1920s is interwoven with modern Art Deco design. You really do escape into a another world while you’re at the Hyatt. a heritage-inspired setting with traditional furniture styles, garden and park views all enhanced with sleek technology.
When I arrived at the Hyatt I was shown to the stunning new John Howard Lounge where our event was being hosted. This newly refurbished and recently opened space is beautifully fitted out, but most interestingly it used to be a pantry! It has undergone a transformation, obviously, and it is now a refined and intimate space that will be available for private functions and to guests of the hotel.
It is little touches like those seen in this space- perfectly matched period furniture, high quality tableware, delicately finished decorations- that all go towards creating the very personal brand of luxury the Hyatt hotels are known for the world over.
The afternoon tea, of course, was an entirely different matter.
Nitin Kumar, Directory of Culinary and Gerold Gstrein, Executive Pastry Chef, put their brilliant teams to work to create impeccably crafted morsels that look as beautiful as they taste. We were lucky enough to be taken behind the scenes by the Hyatt team and shown the pastry kitchen, and watched as the chefs painstakingly applied the delicate details that made each pastry a work of edible art. I almost didn’t want to eat the delicious mango cake after watching a talented young chef placing each of the meringue spikes with practices precision; but my will soon gave-out.
It was incredibly good.
The fashion segment of the day showcased pieces from collections of local designers from the 2016 Fashfest catwalks, and gave patrons a rare opportunity to see the garments up-close and on a live model, instead of a mannequin. This was a brilliant snapshot of the Fashfest 2016 experience, and it made for a fantastic indulgence to enjoy mid-meal at the afternoon tea.
Founders Clint and Andrea Hutchinson were on hand to discuss Fashfest and the designers and models with patrons, and we also heard about the exciting plans for Fashfest the couple have in the works, which I mentioned in my previous post.
I had a fantastic afternoon with the Hyatt, and I would like to extend my personal gratitude to the very dapper Fredrick Arul, General Manager of the Hyatt Canberra, who made sure that all of his guests were properly looked after and enjoying themselves. I’d also like to thank the fantastic Avon Dissanayake, marketing communications manager for the hotel. The fashionXhyatt event was his baby, and it was a perfect example of the hotel’s mantra “Luxury is personal”.
On a personal note, I was shocked to hear from my close friends how many of them have never attended afternoon tea at the Hyatt, and this is something that I will be making a point of rectifying in the coming weeks.
You can make a booking for your own luxurious afternoon tea through the website, and make sure that you follow the Hyatt’s instagram account for news on upcoming events.