Saturday, January 03, 2009

Australia Day Party

For anyone who is (or will be) in Southern California in 3 weeks...

January 25th in the US corresponds to Australia Day (actually a day later Down Under) so we'll be celebrating in our home with a selection of fine South Australian wine, some tasty food, and lots of good cheer.

So how do Australians celebrate with their family and friends? Try to translate this:
Pop over and chuck a few snags & prawns on the barbie, knock a few coldies down, bring some softies for the nippers, park your bum and have a natter, it will be a ripper of a day.

Basically, this means, "Come over and enjoy a BBQ, have some drinks and soda pop for the kids, and stay awhile for a chat."

If you have a favorite drink, feel free to bring that as well. If you're a wine drinker, see if you can find an interesting Australian wine to contribute.

So what's "Australia Day", you ask?

That was the day in 1788 when Captain Arthur Phillip, commander of the First Fleet of eleven convict ships from Great Britain and the first governor of New South Wales, arrived at Sydney Cove. The raising of the Union Jack (British flag) symbolized British sovereignty over what eventually became Australia. In 1901, Australia established its own parliament, becoming somewhat independent of British rule, and decided to keep the same date to celebrate that event. (So it's sort of like Independence Day.)

Nowadays, Australia Day is a time for people to get together and celebrate, with various festivities and sporting events all around the country. For more information, visit

The details:
Sunday, January 25th, any time between 12 noon and 8pm.
4618 Saloma Avenue, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Phone 323-855-7814

Please add a comment to let me know if you're attending. I hope to see you here!