The Aussie Festival Making a Culinary Mark

Lauren Powell

Although Sugar Mountain isn’t your typical food festival, it sure knows how to please the foodies.

The five year-old art and music festival held at the Victoria College of the Arts in Melbourne not only announced its impressive 2016 music line-up today (including Hot Chip, Alpine and Courtney Barnett to name but a few), but also its experimental dining concept, Sensory.

The on-site, interactive restaurant is a collaboration between Sugar Mountain and three Melbourne icons of taste, sight and sound that aims to cleverly bring food, art and music together. Acclaimed tapas restaurant Bomba will be creating an experimental food offering paired with drinks, while Melbourne design gurus Tin & Ed will produce a visually pleasing environment, and talented music outfit Cut Copy will compose a soundscape to complement each course.

“A restaurant like this, it’s not just about coming in to eat—we’re collectively creating a show,” says Jesse Gerner, Bomba head chef and co-owner. “The performance is part of the meal. It’s been great to work collaboratively with Cut Copy and Tin & Ed to develop a full package, we’re looking not only at the ingredients on the plate but at how sight, sound, taste and smell work together.” 

You can experience the 50-minute dining show during the festival on Saturday January 23, but be sure to get in quick as there is only time for four sittings of 90 people. Sounds like a must-do to us!

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