Huddle and Graze

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Imagine … a stylish picnic that comes to you, and you don’t even have to lift a finger! Kelly Shipway explains the concept behind Huddle & Graze — a unique business that can help make your special event one to remember!

How did the concept for Huddle & Graze come about?

Huddle & Graze came about after my little family, and I moved back to Port Macquarie from Newcastle, and I wanted to bring something new and different to Port that wasn’t around! There are so many amazing locations in our area – and what a better way to enjoy them, than sitting around with your best friends and/or loved ones and indulging in an amazing picnic spread. AND … the best part is that you don’t need to do a thing but turn up, relax and enjoy!

The idea of a picnic that comes to you is simply amazing! What items can you provide? 

H&G can come to your house, or we can set up in some amazing locations of your choice around the area. We do everything on the day, including setup and pack down, and making sure the place is left spotless. Our picnics include beautiful rugs, cushions, low picnic/pallet tables, a delicious grazing table, which is catered by Kaylee at Caramels in Cathie for myself to arrange on the day. 

Or if you are a DIY person, we have lots of beautiful furniture and props for hire, so you can pick up a few of our items that will add that bit extra to your event.

What types of food and beverage options do you specialise in?

Our most popular package is our Grazing Table, which includes but is not limited to beautiful cheeses, dips, a variety of gourmet biscuits, seasonal fruits, decadent chocolates and sweets.

We are guided by our client and can work with them to make a picnic/grazing style event to suit any occasion or time of day.

Apart from obvious special occasions such as weddings and hens’ functions, what other types of events do you find yourself catering and styling for … and can you also accommodate a couple who’d just like an intimate picnic on the beach?

We have done a whole array of different occasions, and nothing is too big or small. I personally love arranging breakfast sunrise picnics and also couple picnics, whether it be for a special occasion or just a casual chill time at the beach. 

We also hosted a Ladies Long Lunch in May starting at Long Point Vineyard and finishing at Cassegrain Wines, which was a such a fun day, and we can’t wait for next year’s – to make it even bigger and better!

What is your business’ unique point or points of difference?

I think what sets Huddle & Graze apart is that we try to make every picnic and occasion we do different and unique so that no picnic or event we do are ever the same! It’s all about the special little details, and even though this takes more time to plan and lots of work behind the scenes, it is definitely worth it in the end!

As we’re heading into “party” season, what’s some advice you can give someone who wants to plan an awesome function?

Hosting a good party or “huddle” is almost all about preparation.

That’s where we can help, whether just picking up a few of our gorgeous decor/styling items to make your atmosphere perfect to letting me style and cater your event.

What’s the best way to contact you?

The best way to contact us for more information is to email us at huddleandgraze@hotmail.com

Thanks, Kelly.

Interview: Jo Robinson.

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