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A Willy Wonka-Inspired Dessert And Cocktail Bar Just Popped Up In The CBD

By Ioana Dragnef
13th Aug 2019

The team at The Westin definitely know how to throw a themed party. And with the launch of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical you can bet there is plenty of chocolate-y goodness to go around.

Aptly named the Wonka Bar, Darren Purchese and his team at Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio in South Yarra have collaborated with the Westin’s culinary team to invent a range of scrumdiddlyumptious desserts.

Some of the decadent desserts include a Black Forest & Chocolate River complete with cherries, chocolate sponge, crunchy biscuit base, chocolate twigs, mushrooms and a warm chocolate river. 

There is also a riff on the famous ‘Golden Ticket’ which is made up of a gold chocolate bar, dark chocolate mousse, smoked vanilla ice cream and salted caramel cream; and a Fizzy Citrus Burp, a brulée lemon curd with fizzy white chocolate aero, orange jelly and dried lemon meringue.

The Burch & Purchese team has also created an edible garden which will be proudly displayed at the bar, all using the finest chocolate and all-natural food colours supplied by Chr. Hansen. Taking inspiration from the book, the intricate 3.4m chocolate installation includes “earth” made from 6kg as well as handmade butterflies and flowers, to name a few. And because it is an actual ‘bar’, four candylicious cocktails have also been created by the Westin’s bar team to fit the Wonka theme. 

The Wonka Bar will run from 9 August to January 2020, every day from 12 pm – 9 pm.

The Details

What: Wonka Bar
Where: The Westin, 205 Collins St, Melbourne
When: From 9 August to January 2020, 12 pm – 9 pm, 7 days a week
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