Queen’s Park cafe Milk Beach fundraising for Australian bushfires with events including annual Australia Day party

PUBLISHED: 14:11 16 January 2020 | UPDATED: 11:34 18 January 2020

Elliot Milne (centre) with  Australian customers, John Farrugia (left) and Mark Farrugia (right).  Picture: Milk Beach

Elliot Milne (centre) with Australian customers, John Farrugia (left) and Mark Farrugia (right). Picture: Milk Beach


A Queen’s Park café is celebrating its annual Australia Day with a fundraiser to help with the bushfire crisis engulfing the commonwealth country.

Milk Beach, in Lonsdale Road, is running initiatives throughout January to help raise money for Red Cross Australia.

On January 25 it will host its Australia Day party where every pound from every wine, cocktail and dish served will be donated. Aussie dishes, including gourmet sausages, prawn skewers and barbecued sprouting broccoli - designed by chef Darren Leadbeater - and special cocktails will be set to the backdrop of tunes by Triple J's Hottest 100 - hosted by Australia's national radio station.

At least 28 people have been killed in the bushfires which have torn across the country. Thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed, along with 500 million of animals.

An estimated third of vineyards have been destroyed in the Adelaide Hills region.

The café, named after a beach in Sydney, was co-founded by Australian Elliot Milne in 2018, selling single-origin coffee, roasted in-house; wines from independent winemakers; and brunch and dinner menus.

Elliot said: "Aussies living overseas feel quite helpless seeing the devastating loss of life, property and wildlife back home, and are keen to help in some way. I'm proud to use Milk Beach to raise awareness and help in the fundraising effort to support the firefighters and people who have been affected. And we're not the only ones - it's been heartwarming to see the huge number of fundraising offers and events being held across London by individuals and other restaurants."

During January 30p from every flat white coffee will be donated to Red Cross Australia, as well as cash from the sale of Anzac cookies.

Australian winemakers affected by the fires feature on the wine list, and are included at a wine tasting tonight and on January 29.

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