So tonight we went to taste our way around Vivid Chatswood, an experience that was as educational as it was delicious.
So how was it educational? Well, for starters the buildings and streets of Chatswood have gone “Steampunk”, which is something I’ve never heard of before. So I learned tonight that steampunk is kind of where futuristic tech meets old world steam-powered machinery with a totally punk attitude. And how could that be anything other than epic?
The Concourse is where you’ll see Chatswood’s biggest light instillation where the walls of the arts centre light up with crazy images. If you look up you will see space ships and clouds on the buildings and if you look down you’ll see a submerged Steampunk waterworld.
So cool. Across the road is a mad octopus whose glowing tentacles are powered by the awful drumming of passers by. It was pretty fun but boy I wish people would learn to keep a beat.
But we weren’t there just for the lights, we were there to eat! And there is so much choice with the awesome food at Hawker Lane, the fab dining at The District (at Chatswood Interchange) as well as all of the offerings on The Concourse itself. But we didn’t want to eat any old food, we wanted Vivid food.
Our first stop on this delicious adventure was The Orchard Tavern, where we had our minds blown by their epic steampunk burger, which was a thing of porky awesomeness.
Not only was this phenomenal work of burger art full of juicy pork belly with crunchy crackling, crispy streaky bacon and delicious pulled pork, there was also swiss cheese, rocket, roasted tomatoes and spicy peri peri mayo for zing. And it was all stuffed into a black charcoal bun. And as if that wasn’t enough, they’d sprayed it with edible silver and it looked like a burger machine! It was so huge, no one thought I’d be able to eat it all. But they didn’t count for the fact that I’m a machine too. An eating machine. And booyah… I slaughtered that bad boy.
Mum and dad were so full after their burgers that they wanted to pass on our food crawl but The Choc Pot in The District was calling me. There we devoured something called a Chocolate Dystopia, which was the second thing I learned this evening. I didn’t know what a dystopia was either. I think it means a kind of frightening imagined place that is environmentally damaged.
And though this dessert was scorched and stacked with rusty nuts and bolts, there was nothing scary about how it tasted. It was a steampunked S’mores Ice Cream Sandwich made from chocolate cake (baked mocha mousse cake) filled with ice cream, scorched gooey marshmallowy yumminess and topped with oozy chocolate fudge, smashed honeycomb and edible nuts and bolts! OMG. If this is dystopia, sign me up.
By this stage mum and dad were waddling, but we had one more stop on our delicious mission and that was at Passion Tree Dessert Shop where my sister and I gobbled amazing macarons as well as sucking back a couple of their Vivid inspired, fully loaded White Rose and Mint White Delight hot chocolates.
So do I think you should head to Chatswood for your vivid fix? Only if you want to see some seriously cool light installations and eat wickedly tasty food while being waited on by some of the nicest people in Sydney.
Reviewed by Raffles – Aged 9
(Bracketed comments by his mama)
Vivid Sydney at Chatswood
Every evening from 5.30pm – 10.30pm, 26 May to 17 June 2017
in various buildings, malls and streets in Chatswood CBD
Disclosure: Raffles dined as a guest of The Orchard Tavern, The Choc Pot and Passion Tree Dessert Shop but gratuitous overuse of the word epic and all opinions are his own.