As the weather warms up down under, the spring and summer seasons announce themselves with colour and life, and for most of us a host of special occasions is clearly seen on the horizon. These most joyous of events inspire us via their rekindled connections with family and friends.

In line with the imminent silly season, Rustik Café & Foodstore in Benalla, North East Victoria, is hosting a special book signing event starring Australian homemaking and styling expert Chyka Keebaugh. Visiting Rustik on Friday, 18 October and signing books from 3:30pm, Chyka will greet guests and personally sign copies of her new book Chyka Celebrate – a complete and extremely gorgeous guide to themed entertaining throughout the year, with each page lovingly designed in Chyka’s signature and accessible style.

Upon arrival a premium organic Italian Prosecco will be on pour thanks to Epic Wines Online – a new Australian wine retailer specialising in minimal intervention wines. Rustik will also be laying on a creative foodie spread showcasing a grazing menu sampler of artisan Australian food-producer products which will include Peace Love and Vegetables (Byron Bay) condiments and spreads; Botanical Cuisine (Collingwood) dairy-free macadamia feta and cashew cheeses; No Grainer (Reservoir); Paleo breads; Tolpuddle (Tarrawingee) goats’ cheese and a range of fruit pastes from JimJam foods (Stanley, Victoria).

Rustik’s Julie Brown explains that the event will also be a great time for guests to explore the new range of items available in-store for Christmas 2019, and to perhaps have a book signed for that special someone, or indeed, for any loved one, making it the perfect celebratory gift.

‘I’ve followed Chyka Keebaugh’s design and style tips for many years, and I’m so excited to have her in-store for this special signing event’, says Julie. ‘It’s always been my dream to run an event with her, and it’s especially great to be hosting the Celebrate book signing, as it’s such a wonderfully accomplished, stunning new release.’

Chyka Celebrate – showcases a fabulous Thanksgiving feast in the middle of a veggie patch

Pre-order Chyka Celebrate in-store to receive a free gift

Pre-order Chyka Celebrate for $40 in-store at Rustik before October 11, and enjoy a free Hydration Mist gift by Rustic Hyde, value at $14.95 a versatile face and body mist with cooling and soothing properties of aloe vera, marshmallow and calendula extract, designed to instantly calm hot and inflamed skin.

About the Book & Chyka

In Chyka Celebrate, the queen of homemaking and event planning shares her interpretation of holidays from around the world, exploring a diverse range of customs and traditions, putting her own creative spin on festivities.

Covering occasions like the Chinese New Year, Jewish New Year, Mother’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve and Easter, Chyka shows readers how to achieve themed entertaining with minimum hassle and at low cost, independent of the location.

Beautifully photographed and illustrated, Chyka Celebrate is the perfect manual for entertaining where ever you are, for every season.

Chyka and her husband established The Big Group over 25 years ago. It has since become one of Australia’s largest privately owned events and catering companies. In addition, Chyka established The Design Depot, a special events design firm. Chyka studied at Le Cordon Bleu in London, a worldwide leader in gastronomy and hospitality management.

Chyka’s eye for design and style led her to take on the role of homemaking and styling expert on Good Morning Australia. As an editorial professional she styled and directed The Australian Women’s Weekly 2016 Christmas Special, and she is also editor-in-chief of her own online magazine,

Images featured are from Chyka Celebrate by Chyka Keebaugh published by Hardie Grant Books $40.00; available where all good books are sold. Photographer: © Commission Studio

Chyka Celebrate – book signing Friday, 18 October from 3:30-4:30pm
Rustik Cafe & Foodstore
28 Bridge Street, Benalla, Victoria
Tel 03 5762 4686

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