Merne Desert Dinner

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Make Merne THE bucket-list experience in 2021 with a desert dinner that’s out of this world.

With the majestic MacDonnell Ranges as the backdrop, renowned Chef Mark Olive, together with Rayleen Brown from Kungkas can Cook will curate and present a contemporary take on traditional bush-tucker paired with premium Australian beer and wine. As the sun goes down, the desert will come alive and guests will be treated to a spectacular light show spanning the majestic ranges, plus special performances and entertainment to connect them to traditional Aboriginal culture, stories and art.

Between courses, look up and enjoy some of the world’s best stargazing. Be enchanted by a vivid view of the Milky Way, and find planets and constellations such as the Southern Cross and Seven Sisters in the ever-moving southern night sky.

Priced at $250, this is a magical, must-do experience that is as unique as the Red Centre itself.

Inclusions

  • Includes menu as below *ingredients subject to seasonal availability*
  • Includes premium wine/beer package
  • Includes presentation by local Arrernte women Rayleen Brown, Kungkas can Cook and Celebrity Chef Mark Olive
  • Includes traditional and contemporary performances
  • Includes Parrtjima Projection Show on Ranges
  • Includes Coach transfers

MENU DETAILS

Pre-Dinner Drinks on Arrival (from 6pm)

ENTREE

Served as Roving Canapés on Arrival. 

  • BBQ Emu, Red Capsicum, Red Onion Skewers brushed with Bush tomato Sauce
  • BBQ Camel and Date Koftas with Local Date Tamarind Chutney
  • Bruschetta Rounds with Native herb infused oil tomatoes red onion and basil

MAINS

Served as shared platters, including bread and butter on the table. 

  • Kangaroo Fillet seared on a gridle, rested on a bed of Bush Tomato scented Warrigal Greens
    Served with Parmesan Pepper Leaf Polenta and Quandong Chili Glaze Steamed Vegetables
  • Barramundi cooked in lemon myrtle scented paperbark
    Served with Roasted Saltbush Kipfler Potatoes drizzled with Lemon Aspen Crème Glaze, and assorted steamed vegetables
  • Vegetarian and Vegan Option – Field Mushrooms roasted in the oven, basted with balsamic vinegar glaze, stuffed with Roasted Mountain Pepper Macadamia Nut Sourdough Crumb
    Served with Roasted Saltbush Potato and Steamed Assorted Vegetables

DESSERT

Self Serve Tea and Coffee Station with Connoisseur Ice Cream designed for Peters by Mark Olive:

  • Roasted Wattleseed Swirled through a Vanilla Bean cream based ice cream with a Hazelnut coating
  • Rosella Flower swirled through a Vanilla Bean cream based ice cream with a Hibiscus coating

Dessert table platter of Petit Fours:

  • Quandong and Caramel Apple Tart
  • Malted Wattleseed Chocolate Brownie
  • Lemon Myrtle Crème Brulee

Capacity

100 seats available

Price

Adult: $250 (including commission)

Child: $168 (under 16)

Commission

15%

Date and Start Time

10 April 2021 at 19:00 – 22:30 (last drinks called at 21:45, bar closes at 22:00)

Location

Sand Country Marquee, Larrapinta Drive, Desert Park, Alice Springs
Please refer to the venue fact sheet and event floor plan

Terms and Conditions

View our Terms and Conditions and Cancellation Policy here.

  • Image courtesy Parrtjima / Northern Territory Major Events Company

  • Image courtesy Parrtjima / Northern Territory Major Events Company

  • Image courtesy Parrtjima / Northern Territory Major Events Company

  • Image courtesy Parrtjima / Northern Territory Major Events Company

  • Image courtesy Parrtjima / Northern Territory Major Events Company