TASTY TREATS: Lisa Dougherty is gearing up for another successful Purple Pearls High Tea.PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
TASTY TREATS: Lisa Dougherty is gearing up for another successful Purple Pearls High Tea.PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

Butter up your loved one with a delicious high tea

FORGET a tea party with ugly old crockery and a Kingston biscuit to dunk, this high tea is bringing the cream of the baking crop to the barn at the Gate to Plate Festivale.

The Purple Pearls ladies are up to their tricks again, and have gathered ribbon-winning recipes from local bakers as well as dug through their old cookbooks to bring the tastiest cakes and scones to festival-goers.

Purple Pearls committee member Lisa Dougherty said she could not wait to set up the stall and watch people enjoy what they had to offer.

"People can come and sit down. There will be lots of homemade sandwiches, scones, cakes, pots of tea - it's going to be great," she said.

Having hosted high teas at the Grafton Racing Carnival for 10 years, the ladies have mastered their craft.

All money raised will go towards the Grafton Community Bus and various school bursaries.

"There used to be a committee that did it for the Royal Blind Society who had asked a younger group of ladies to take over, so that was us," Mrs Dougherty said.

"But we found the money went to Sydney and we wanted to keep it local and help local charities, so we started Purple Pearls."

So if you've got a sweet tooth, or can never turn down a pot of the hot stuff, head to the Barn on Sunday.

For $10 you get a pot of tea and can fill your plate with as much delicious baking as you like.

Purple Pearls hopes to raise $500.



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