Sergio Bacchetti and Ian Hayden enjoy the atmosphere, and cuisine, at the World’s Longest lunch in Warrnambool. AN abundance of full bellies left the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club yesterday after the city’s annual instalment of the World’s Longest Lunch.
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The Rotary Club of Warrnambool Daybreak’s fund-raiser hosted 91 people at the newly-renovated Surf Life Saving Club.

Event co-organiser Carolyn Monaghan was yesterday pleased with the sell-out response.

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“It’s lovely to see so many faces of people who started coming seven or eight years ago,” Mrs Monaghan told The Standard.

In its 13th year, the event started as a regional derivative of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival to raise money for south-west and Rotary charities, Mrs Monaghan said.

“This year we’re very happy to be donating half to the local Warrnambool SES and half to the Rotary International Shelter Box program which helps people in disaster relief,” she said. Simon’s Waterfront catered the four-course meal, including smoked salmon with dill and cucumber, soft shell crab and Hopkins River beef, using produce and wines from South Australia and New Zealand.

A charity auction to raise extra money broke up the meals, with locally-donated lots ranging from a picnic hamper and vintage car ride package to a 1960s’ ginger jar.

Sergio Bacchetti and Ian Hayden, two regular faces at the Longest Lunch, said they attended year after year because the proceeds always went to worthy causes.

“It’s an excellent day,” Mr Hayden said.

“It’s great to give back to the community.”

As a Daybreak member, Mr Bacchetti said he had enjoyed the group’s major fund-raising event for the past 12 years.

The World’s Longest Lunch is taking place at 30 other locations across Victoria on Friday, with Hamilton’s to be set up in the Botanic Gardens.

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