Disclosure: My guest and I attended courtesy of Arts Centre Melbourne
Speigeltents were originally constructed in the late 19th century as mobile dance halls. And if you spend any time around the Arts Centre, you’ll see that one shows up in Melbourne between February – April, hosting a varied program of events. This one is the Famous Speigeltent, originally built in 1920 in Belgium, and it’s transported from venue to venue and constructed on site.
The other weekend I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon in the coolness of the air conditioned tent for a Jazz High Tea.
There was a glass of sparkling on arrival, and tea and coffee topped up during the performance.
The food was simple but nice – the best thing was the little pie, which was packed with a rich savoury meat filling. The chicken and walnut sandwiches had a nice filling, but the bread had dried out a little.
There were also small goats cheese tarts topped with a slice of mandarin.
The top tier held scones and little chocolates.
As for the jazz part of the high tea – the music was a real highlight. It was so lovely! The Janet Seidel Trio played – vocalist / pianist Janet Seidel, accompanied by guitarist Chuck Morgan, her brother David Seidelon double bass.
Janet Seidel had a wonderful expressive voice, and Chuck and David were both great musicians. I could’ve listened to them for ages.
If you’re interested in a bit of jazz, there’s sessions being held each Sunday until the end of April. Check out the website for more details.
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The Famous Speigeltent
100 St Kilda Road
Phone: (03) 9281 8581