The 5 Pillars of Santa Maria-Style BBQ With Chef Anthony Endy


When it comes to different styles of barbecue across the United States, places like Texas, Memphis, or North/South Carolina probably come to mind. However, there’s a particular style of barbecue that might not be as well-known, but most certainly punches above its weight class in flavor. We’d like to introduce you to Santa Maria-style barbecue.

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The history of Santa Maria-style barbecue started with the local ranchers in the Central California coast region in the late 1800s—even dating back to the Chumash people. They’d cook over the local hardwood in the area (primarly oak and sycamore). And due to the consistently windy conditions of the central coast of California, they would dig big pits into the ground to build their fires and cook over the embers. But the wind is actually a key component here, as it keeps the fire healthy and fueled without the need for ventilation. They’d place cuts like top sirloin on large skewers or stakes, and then roast the meat across the coals.

The Spanish introduced the grill in the early 1900s, and the below-ground pit became an above-ground pit with a lever to raise and lower the grill, essentially something that the ranchers could tow around—also known as an Argentine-style “Gaucho Grill” or simply “Santa Maria-style” grill.

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While tri-tip is somewhat of a staple in modern Santa Maria-style barbecue, the history goes back to three dominant proteins: top sirloin, chicken, and linguica (Portuguese sausage). A traditional Santa Maria-style meal consists of the protein, pinquito beans (locally grown in the area), salsa, garlic bread (grilled over oak and dipped in garlic butter), and a green salad, all followed by dessert (traditionally, strawberry shortcake).

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We sat down with Santa Maria-style barbecue expert and Executive Chef Anthony Endy at the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country for their annual BBQ Bootcamp event—a brilliant, three-day masterclass in all things barbecue, led by some of the best chefs in the country. We talked with Endy to learn more about what makes this style of grilling so juicy, smoky, succulent, and just damn delicious.

It All Starts With the Wood

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“We use the local hardwood, which is oak. Red oak is the most popular hardwood for barbecuing here. We use a blend of red oak and white oak just because it’s the most accessible here on the Alisal Ranch. So you’ll always start with that hardwood… the wood always comes first. You make a great fire for it, break it down into embers, and then you just slow roast. Santa Maria-style barbecue runs hotter than most, it’s not as smokey, but runs at a much hotter temperature.”

Reverse Sear Is Key

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“You don’t want to sear out the flavors. You want to keep the juice inside your protein and you want to absorb the smoke… and keep flipping it. Reverse sear, when it comes to items like tri-tip—and even on the chicken, as well—I was doing [reverse sear] because these are items where you want the protein to absorb the smoke and then you want to create that crust at the very end.”

Don’t be Afraid to Flip the Protein

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“Be committed once you put the protein on, and flip it often. The chicken will tell you when it wants to be turned, with tri-tip you don’t want to work with flare-ups, that’s a rookie mistake. Flare-ups usually occur when you add the fat like oil to the grill too early. Keep the fire low, and keep a good distance between the protein and flame itself.”

Always Start With a Clean Grill

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“Use the fat that you trim off the protein to wipe down and clean the hot grates before placing the protein on. This will clean off all the previous residue while maintaining the flavor of the protein.”

Use Tongs

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“Some Santa Maria guys use these little pig tail things to poke the meat and flip it. However, you want to keep the juices in, and each time you puncture it, you let the juices out. The goal is always juicy succulent meat. A major mistake people make is overcooking their meat, and a principle rule is always letting your meat rest (for roughly 20 minutes), and always cut against the grain when it comes to tri-tip.”

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Bunnings and Santa photo booth added to COVID-19 alert list


NSW Health has updated its list of venues visited by a confirmed COVID-19 cases and includes an RSL in southern Sydney.

There’s a five-and-a-half-hour window at the Bardwell Park RSL where anyone who was at the venue is now considered a close contact and must be tested and isolate immediately.

A person who has tested positive to COVID-19 was at the RSL on December 28 and anyone who was there between 6pm and 11.30pm is considered a close contact, NSW Health said last night.
Bardwell Park RSL. (Google Maps)

Anyone who visited the following venues is considered a close contact, must get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days, regardless of result.

  • Bankstown: Monkey Mania at Bankstown Sports Club on December 28 between 10am and 12pm
  • Bankstown: La Piazza at Bankstown Sports Club on December 28 between 12pm and 2pm
  • Bardwell Park: Earlwood Bardwell Park RSL on December 28 between 6pm and 11.30pm
  • Bass Hill: Hair Management at Bass Hill Plaza on December 24 between 11.15am and 12.30pm
  • Bass Hill: Venus Nail Salon at Bass Hill Plaza on December 24 between 12.30pm and 1pm

Anyone who attended the following venues is considered a casual contact, must get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received.

  • Bankstown: Priceline, Centro Bankstown Square on December 24 between 1pm and 5pm
  • Bass Hill: BWS at Bass Hill Plaza on December 24 between 1:10pm and 1:30pm
  • Burwood: Santa Claus photo booth at Westfield Burwood Shopping Centre on December 22 between 11.15am and 11.45am
  • Katoomba: Greenwell and Thomas Pharmacy on 145 Katoomba Street on December 26 and 27 (all day)
  • Liverpool: Priceline, Westfield Liverpool on December 23 between 10am and 5pm
  • Punchbowl: Officeworks, 1618 Canterbury Road on December 21 between 8.30pm and 9pm
  • Rhodes: Priceline Pharmacy on December 24 between 9am and 12pm
  • Shellharbour: Coffee Club at Stockland Shellharbour, 211 Lake Entrance Road on December 27 between 11am and 12pm

People who visited the below venues are also advised to monitor for symptoms and get tested if they appear.

  • Auburn: BCF (Boating Fishing Camping) on December 23 between 10:15am and 10:45am
  • Bankstown: Bankstown Sports Club on December 28 between 10am and 2pm
  • Bass Hill: Bass Hill Plaza on December 24 between 11am and 2pm
  • Croydon Park: Martin Reserve on December 27 between 12pm and 12.40pm
  • Figtree: Coles at Figtree Grove Shopping Centre on 19 Princes Highway on December 28 between 4.45pm and 5.20pm
  • Greenacre: Bunnings on the corner of Roberts Road and Amarina Avenue on December 26 between 12.30pm and 1pm
  • Lidcombe: Costco on December 24 between 10am and 10:20am, and between 4:20pm and 4:45pm
  • Lidcombe: Bunnings on December 24 between 4pm and 4:20pm
  • Shellharbour: Myer at Stockland Shellharbour on 211 Lake Entrance Road on December 27 between 12pm and 12.40pm

New advice for two Wollongong churches

Advice for anyone who attended two Greek Orthodox churches in Wollongong has also changed.

The advice for St Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church on 39 Atchison Street is that anyone who attended on December 27 between 9am and 10.15am is a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.

The new advice for the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church on 18 Stewart Street is that anyone who attended on December 27 between 10.30am and 11am is a casual contact who must get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Opera House restaurant, cinema added to list

The updated list also includes a popular Sydney Opera House promenade restaurant and open air cinema screening.

Anyone who attended Buckley’s in Circular Quay on December 17 indoors between 7.30pm and 9pm is asked to get tested and isolate immediately until they receive a negative result.

Likewise, anyone who attended the open air screening of The Prom at Lady Macquarie’s Chair on December 17 is also asked to isolate and wait for a negative result.

Household gatherings in Greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Central Coast and Blue Mountains have been cut from 10 to five.

The maximum size of outdoor gatherings is now 30 people.

NSW will also restrict people from Greater Sydney from visiting aged care facilities until 11.59pm on January 6.



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Santa Warns People to Stay Home During COVID-19


Although the United States did get a vaccine just in time for the holidays, it won’t be enough to save Christmas. After nearly a year in isolation, Americans must now weather Advent season alone. Companies would be wise to toss their spiked eggnog and cancel their holiday parties. Families only need to look at the fallout from Thanksgiving to know that big Christmas dinners are ill-advised. Even this season of enchantment and togetherness reflects the cruelties of COVID-19, which affects the most vulnerable most harshly. “Like everything else in this pandemic, it’s hitting kids on the lowest end of the socioeconomic ladder the hardest,” says Lonnie Cooper, a Santa who typically works a high-profile Manhattan department-store gig. (He’s not allowed to say which one, but you can guess.) “If you’ve got money, you can get pretty much whatever you want in terms of Christmas cheer.” There’s a professional hierarchy in the Christmas community, and the top gigs tend to cater to people who can buy seasonal happiness: Mariah Carey concerts, Radio City Rockettes shows, tipsy conga lines at law-office Christmas bashes. Most Santas, however, get into the business for the wholesome stuff, such as visiting the cancer ward at a children’s hospital or surprising the family of a soldier stationed overseas. Even the mall is an egalitarian Christmas celebration. Anyone with two or three hours and a smartphone can stand in line and take photographs as the jolly magic unfolds.

This season, Santa is far less accessible. Lonnie—he just goes by Lonnie—told me he’s found a few ways to spread community Christmas spirit. He led a neighborhood tree-lighting in a blue surgical mask with a Mrs. Claus friend near his apartment in Upper Manhattan, and a few buddies volunteered for a socially distanced Christmas parade. He’s still going hard at home: Nearly every surface in his one-bedroom is covered with the hundreds of Santas he picked up in his days as a roadie for jazz bands and Broadway shows, and if he’s lucky, his 9-year-old son will agree to dress up as his elf again. But for the most part, Lonnie is working lucrative private events—visiting little girls’ tea parties, letting kids lasso him with string lights from six feet away for photographs. Although he’s done okay financially, he had hoped this season would be bigger. It’s his second year as a real-beard Santa, although he’s been working as a Santa for six. (The real-beard distinction is actually pretty contentious in Claus world. Saint Ric’s group, FORBS, requires members to grow and maintain authentic, Santa-like facial hair, and this question has caused bitter divisions within other Santa unions. Lonnie says he doesn’t have a problem with the fake beard. It’s just hard on his face.)

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Santa Tim teaches men and women at his Santa school. (Eric Albrecht / The Columbus Dispatch / AP)

For most Santas, the season has been rough. Santa Tim estimates that he’s lost 80 percent of his typical Christmastime income, and he’s not alone. Many Santas have seen their seasons shortened from 40 days to 30, or decided not to work at all, he said. Santa Tim has mostly been stuck in his attic, where he talks to kids in front of a green screen featuring a tree, a Toys for Tots teddy bear, and a fireplace with a framed picture of Rudolph over the mantel. Virtual events have their advantages. Santa Tim likes having a crib sheet on Little Tommy ahead of time, instead of questioning kids cold. And yes, Santa Tim confirmed, it is recommended that Santas log on in full regalia instead of opting for sweatpants on the bottom and red suit on top. But something’s definitely lost.



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Perth Zoo Animals Get Surprise Visit From Santa



Christmas arrived at Perth Zoo, where animals received a visit and gifts from Santa, footage shared by the zoo on December 24 shows. This clip shows Santa transporting gifts and delivering them to animals, including giraffes, otters and binturong, across the park. “Not a creature was stirring, not even a ’Roo!” the zoo said. Credit: Perth Zoo via Storyful



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A Tassie winter’s day for Santa in Alice


Wot? Dressed for a winter’s day in Tassie? Dark clouds, rain, 16 degrees?

Hard to believe but this is Christmas Eve in Alice Springs in 2020.

No-one’s complaining as this is the end of a long drought and the forecast for Christmas Day tomorrow is mostly fine and 25, predicts Charlie Carter in the Old Eastside.

He says he’s had 75 mm of rain as of 9 am today.

“With a 160 mm up to the end of November, this will bring us up close to the annual average for the year.

“By far the best fall we have had since December 2016, with about the same amount at the same time of year.”

An earlier fall of 50 mm brought the December total for 2016 up to 125mm.

“Wishing you and all your readers a peaceful and Covid-free New Year,” says Dr Carter (pictured).



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Santa is immune to COVID


Santa is immune to COVID, the minimum wage will go up in Mexico by 2021 and much more.


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As entrepreneurs it is important to be aware of the most relevant news, that is why at Emprendenews we bring you the summary. Do not miss here we leave you the links so you can expand the information.

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This Wednesday night, the Council of Representatives of the National Commission of Minimum Wages (Conasami) resolved that by 2021 the minimum wage will have an increase of 15%. With this, the minimum daily salary will go from 123.22 to 141.7 pesos a day as of January 1 of next year. For the Free Zone of the North Border, the increase will go from the current 185.56 pesos to 213.19 pesos.

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Albert Bourla, CEO of the pharmaceutical company, revealed that he has not applied his own vaccine against the virus and explained that the reason behind such a decision is that it is not in the age range of those who should receive it first.

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Bitcoin surpassed $ 20,000 for the first time in its history. Less than 24 hours later, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency surpassed its own record and is now worth more than $ 23,000 per unit.

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The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed that it will be until February 2021 when the Chamber of Deputies decides whether or not the Federal Law for the Regulation of Cannabis is approved.

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The American epidemiologist Maria van Kerkhove, in charge of supervising the management of the pandemic of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced that Santa Claus is immune to the coronavirus and that he will be able to distribute gifts on the night of December 24 to 25 to all the children who have been good.



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Adults and kids greet Santa from the comfort of their front doors | Goulburn Post


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No party, no worries. Goulburn PCYC usually holds an end of year Christmas party at this time of year. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 environment we’re currently in meant it was not possible. READ ALSO: Stunning results: High ATARs aplenty at Mulwaree High School However, for the very first time, PCYC decided to bring Santa to people’s homes. A convoy consisting of vehicles from PCYC, Headspace and Mission Australia drove around town on Thursday, December 17 with Santa wishing everyone a merry Christmas. People of all ages came out of their homes to give Goulburn Mulwaree Council youth service coordinator Luke Wallace dressed as Santa a wave. READ ALSO: Almost perfect: Kya Lamarra falls just short of a perfect ATAR Newly appointed Goulburn PCYC manager Janelle said her first event with the organisation was a cracker. “We didn’t want people to miss out, so we decided to take Christmas to the people.” “It was a happy day in Goulburn all round. “There were happy smiles everywhere we went and we should do this every year.” Did you know the Goulburn Post is now offering breaking news alerts and a weekly email newsletter? Keep up-to-date with all the local news: sign up below.

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Commentary: The office Secret Santa gift exchange can be a landmine


SINGAPORE: I would be the first to admit that since I became an adult, I have never really been big on giving or receiving gifts.

If you earn your own money, why do you have to wait for a special occasion like your birthday or Christmas, and for someone to kill their brain cells trying to read your mind, only to get you something you probably don’t want, like or need?

It’s much easier, and way more efficient, to buy yourself anything you want, anytime you wish. Well, that’s the idea in my head anyway. Besides, the things I really want are too expensive as gifts.

Which is why I am one of those people who find the concept of the office Secret Santa — a practice of giving an anonymous gift to a colleague whose name one has picked randomly out of a hat — somewhat pointless.

And I am not alone in this.

READ: Commentary: All these corporate greeting cards and presents are not gifts. They’re spam

Complaints abound in the Twitterverse.

“You know when you do Secret Santa and you give the person a gift card, glove and scarf set in a handmade gift bag you sewed yourself, and you get a stained coffee mug with Halloween candy in it?” went one.

“We’re having five different Secret Santa exchanges at my work. If one of my presents isn’t a raise to pay for this nonsense, I’m quitting,” went another.

READ: Commentary: Before you buy gifts for your kids this festive period, find out if it’s good for them

GIFTING IN A PANDEMIC

According to a 2019 survey by UK-based job search portal Jobsite, 35 per cent of employees would like to see Secret Santa banned at their workplace; 26 per cent spend more than they can afford on presents for co-workers; 17 per cent feel that they are judged based on how much they spend on gifts for colleagues.

You can imagine how many more people feel this way in 2020, when COVID-19 has led to so many of us working from home, consuming less — and more consciously — in an attempt to save our planet (and our dwindling bank accounts).

Add to this we are stressing out over our mental health and how our vulnerable loved ones are doing. While desperately Marie Kondo-ing our possessions to spark joy amid a very challenging year.

READ: Commentary: Phase 3 will bring us much-needed closure to a difficult year


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Buying gifts for family and friends we care about would make the trip to town, with the December downpours and the insane crowds, worth the trouble. But for co-workers whom we have not seen for much of the year?

Yet, it is the season of giving after all and we don’t want to sound particularly Gringe-y. In the past, the easiest thing to do used to be, to buy something edible, like chocolates or biscuits.

READ: Commentary: Our muted joy over Phase 3 is the true new normal

But with so many people adopting trendy dietary restrictions nowadays, knowing if your colleague has nut allergies, does keto, suffers from gluten-intolerance, is insulin-resistant, avoiding carbs, or simply doesn’t have a sweet tooth – makes for a tough decision.

ARE THERE FAIL SAFE GIFTS?

This is where beverages could come in handy: Think premium tea in a beautiful canister, a DIY hot chocolate kit, a subscription box of fair-trade coffee beans.

Another previously failsafe office Secret Santa commandment, was to buy something to perk up the recipient’s workspace. Unfortunately, in the past nine months of work-from-home, hasn’t everyone already bought as many succulents, photo frames, aromatherapy diffusers, ring lights, ergonomic wrist rests and mini USB-desk fans as they need for their home offices?

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I also once received a cactus as a gift. I’m not sure why. (Photo: Pixabay)

If you want some ideas on what to buy, there are no lack of articles to help you along. Just search for Secret Santa gifts and the first thing that pops up is “31 Secret Santa gifts your co-workers will love”.

Among the many suggestions are evergreen winners: Novelty socks, desktop golf, bowling or Zen Garden kits, office mugs emblazoned with passive-aggressive messages such as “I survived another meeting that should have been an email”.

Or how about a notebook shaped like a block of cheese for all your “Gouda ideas”?

To me though, having gifted and given many a notebook, chances are most of these stocking stuffers are going to end up being re-gifted, or abandoned in the deep dark recesses of the drawer in your home.

Perhaps the best thing to do is just drop the pretense, ask the person you are buying for what would he or she like and get it over with – no one ends up with waste and everyone gets what they want.

THE SECRET SIGNALS OF GIFTING

Then there are the potential dangers associated with gifting colleagues — ill-intentioned folks using anonymous workplace gift giving as an opportunity to bully, harass or sabotage; of sensitive souls taking offence when none was intended; of privacy being invaded, especially since your Secret Santa needs your address in order to be able to send you your gift.

You’ll have to be careful too about the gift you get – a bottle of wine for someone who is trying to cut drinking or a bath set for someone with body odour – these can be interpreted poorly.

Watching too much Black Mirror has also made me illogically paranoid. Is the fact that the office babe getting a cute bear from the office nerd suspicious? Does it have a hidden camera?

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Or if your nefarious nemesis gifted you with a USB stick, could it be infected with a malicious virus that could wipe out all your Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations?

Then there’s the biggest headache of all – what if you draw your boss? Suddenly, there’s all this unnecessary pressure to make sure your gift is classy yet not too expensive or worse, doesn’t send the wrong signal (it may not be a good idea to gift a book on how to be a better manager for instance).

READ: Commentary: Spas and other indulgent treats a needed comfort in a bad year

To put an end to all this Secret Santa-related stress and anxiety, companies should let employees opt out if they so wish, or abolish the practice altogether, and make a donation to charity instead.

We do have colleagues who are friends so people should just decide who, what and how they want to share gifts.

But if you really, really can’t bear to see Secret Santa die or just don’t want to be the wet blanket that opts out of the mandated office fun, then do the most sensible thing – re-gift what you get to your mother-in-law. Socks are always useful.

Tracy Lee is a freelance writer who writes about food, travel, fashion and beauty.



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Christmas Santa event cancelled after parents’ complaints go viral on social media


An Adelaide family Christmas village event has been told to shut down after complaints that it was overpriced and misleadingly advertised went viral on social media.

Organisers of Santa’s Winter Village, at Colonnades shopping centre at Noarlunga, described the event in promotional material as including a “polar express train ride on a snowy trail through an enchanted forest”, a “giant candy land game” and an “amazing maze”.

“This event will be a truly unique white Christmas to remember,” the event page states.

Photographs of the event, posted on social media, show a sleigh attached to a mobility scooter, a foam mat path surrounded by paper lights, a cardboard hut decorated with disposable plates and a maze, made from crowd fencing and covered in tinsel.

Posts complaining about the event have attracted hundreds of comments.

Santa’s Winter Village attracted complaints that it was overpriced.(Facebook)

Ellie Hanley said she was planning to take her young daughters to the event, but is now trying to get a refund on her tickets after seeing photos of the display.

“The photos they used for the advertising of it were nothing like the actual event,” she said.

“People are trying to make the last month of the year magical, especially for their kids, or at least try to finish on a high note.”

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Some have complained that the Santa’s Winter Village event was overpriced and underwhelming.(Facebook)

Another parent said she had paid about $130 for tickets to the event and “instantly felt a feeling of shock and disappointment as soon as we walked in”.

“If you’re going to create a small community-run event with homemade signage and activities, then it needs to be advertised and priced accordingly,” the parent wrote in a post which has attracted more than 1,300 responses.

Another social media user said the display “looks like the Fyre Festival of kids’ Santa events” — a reference to the ill-fated Bahamas-based luxury event that wound up becoming the butt of internet jokes.

The event’s website offers tickets at various prices, including a family pass for $132, general admission for $38.50 for each person aged over three, and discounted tickets of $29.70 for advanced bookings.

Entry was free for children under three, and grandparents accompanying children.

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The event was hosted inside an ice rink at the Colonnades shopping centre complex.(Facebook)

Event cancelled following feedback

The event was being hosted by an ice skating rink at the shopping centre complex — but Colonnades today said the event would be shut down in response to the complaints.

“We’ve listened to our customers and, we agree, Santa’s Winter Village does not meet the expectations of our customers, the broader community or our team at Colonnades and we apologise for the disappointment and inconvenience this has caused,” Colonnades said in a statement.

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A promotional photograph used to advertise Santa’s Winter Village at Colonnades.(Facebook: Ellie Hanley)

Organisers have been contacted for comment, but took to Facebook to defend the event.

“Many wonderful people have had the best time at the event,” the Ice Skating Edge said in a comment on social media.

Other social media users said they and their families had a lot of fun at the event, and had enjoyed the “massive jumping castle, the teacup merry-go-round, Santa’s cave, the ice skating” and snow machine.

A promotional image for the Santa's Winter Village event at Noarlunga.
Critics of the event said the reality did not match the promotional material.(Eventbrite)

“We went today and had a great time,” one person said.

Another commenter agreed, insisting: “My kids actually had a ball”.

“I can definitely see … how it my have come across tacky, but I also appreciate the effort that was put in without huge funding or help to put the event together.”



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‘Bad Santa’ infects 75 people on visit to Belgian care home


The man fell ill and tested positive for COVID-19 three days after the visit, which led to residents getting tested. He was said to be distraught after learning that he was responsible for the wave of infections in local media reports.

Photos from the visit on social media showed that although he wore a mask as part of his outfit, not all of the residents did. They also show that social distancing rules did not appear to be respected.

Wim Caeyers, the mayor of Mol, said: “It has been a very black day for the care home. It is a very great mental strain to bear for the man that played St Nicholas, as well as for the organisers and the staff.” He said the home was “totally irresponsible” after initially claiming that all restrictions were observed.

“Now [we must] wait to see how great the devastation is,” Cathy Berx, the Antwerp governor, told the Gazet van Antwerpen newspaper. “Previously, there was no problem with coronavirus infections in the nursing home, so there is no doubt that the visit of the saint caused the infections. “

A spokesman for Armonea, the firm which manages the home, said: “The team is very shocked by what happened, but that also makes them very motivated to get the virus out again.”

However, one of Belgium’s leading virologists doubted the man could be responsible for so many cases.

“Even for a super-spreader, these are too many at once,” said Marc Van Ranst of the Rega Institute for Medical Research.

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