2017 Media Releases

Fantastic dining to fuel up for your journey through Vivid Sydney at Chatswood

22 May 2017


Visitors to Vivid Sydney at Chatswood will be spoilt for choice with a range of dining options available to fuel up for their journey through the futuristic, steam-powered light installations in Chatswood CBD. 

With several dining destinations spread throughout Chatswood, visitors can enjoy a mouth-watering selection of cuisines from around the world at The District at Chatswood Interchange, take a stroll down Hawker Lane at Westfield Chatswood for an authentic Asian street-food experience, or enjoy dining alfresco on The Concourse while watching the light show on the façade of the building.

Restaurants and eateries across Chatswood are also getting into the Vivid Sydney spirit by creating steampunk and futuristically inspired burgers, loaded hot chocolates and specialty cakes as part of this year’s event.

Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, will see the buildings, streets and laneways of Chatswood reinvented as a funky, retro-futuristic smart city as technology and light fuse with 19th Century steam-powered machinery through light shows and interactive installations.

The Orchard Tavern, which is gaining a local reputation for quirky and creative weekly burger specials, has created a very special ‘Vivid Burger’, available for the duration of the festival for $22. The burger features crispy skin pork belly, crispy bacon, pulled pork, peri peri mayo, Swiss cheese, rocket and slow roasted Roma tomatoes on a charcoal bun – served with rosemary and sea salt chips and aioli. The Tavern is also offering four special colourful Vivid inspired cocktails.

The Choc Pot in The District, Chatswood Interchange are offering be a steam punk’d S'mores Mocha Ice Cream Sandwich – a baked mocha mousse cake, vanilla bean ice cream, torched marshmallow, chocolate nuts and bolts on a metal plate.

Delicious ‘futuristic’ loaded hot chocolates from Passion Tree dessert shop in Chatswood Interchange will steam and warm up the coldest of engines with four fantastic flavours - Peanut Butter Cuppa, White Rose, Campfire S’mores and Mint White Delight.

The recently opened Starbucks at The Concourse will launch a Chatswood-exclusive locally made flourless Belgian Chocolate Cake for a limited time over the festival period.  This delicious dessert is available to take away and share with friends while watching the projection on the The Concourse, or stay in at Starbucks for a warm version of the dessert with cream and melting chocolate sauce.


About Vivid Sydney at Chatswood

The buildings, streets and laneways of Chatswood will be reinvented as a funky, retro-futuristic smart city as technology and light fuse with 19th Century steam-powered machinery during Vivid Sydney at Chatswood from 26 May to 17 June.

Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, will transform the Chatswood CBD for the third year in a row, with steam punk inspired light shows and interactive installations.

As they exit Chatswood Interchange, visitors to Chatswood will be transported into a three-dimensional lightshow as more than 9,000 LED light spheres glow above in Voxelscape and a pumping, people powered steam engine is created with interactive projection in Gear Shift. Continue travelling through a glowing, glimmering canopy of light in Chatswood Mall to find Crossword an installation sending a cross fire of hidden messages mid-air and onto revellers. Hanging above Hawker Lane, The Octopoda, invites audiences to become part of his tentacle percussion ensemble. 

As the centre piece of Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, the façade of The Concourse will host the feature projection, Future City Smart City. Watch as people take to the air in whimsical dirigibles and an airborne, sustainable community emerges. On returning to earth, peer into the reflection pool to discover the submerged magic of Steampunk Waterworld which pays homage to the likes of Jules Verne through light, sound and special effects. Light Bounce, a special day time installation for at Chatswood Chase Sydney encourages visitors to wander through a sparkling forest of refractive light.

Vivid Sydney at Chatswood is run by Willoughby City Council and supported by Precinct Contributors Chatswood Chase SydneyChatswood Interchange and Westfield ChatswoodVivid Sydney at Chatswood is presented as part of Vivid Sydney, which is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s major events and tourism agency. The Chatswood precinct is created by The Electric Canvas and Amigo & Amigo.

Vivid Sydney at Chatswood is on every evening from 5.30pm - 10.30pm, 26 May to 17 June. Light Bounce at Chatswood Chase Sydney will operate from 9.30am - 5.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 9.30am - 9pm on Thursdays; and 9am - 5pm on Weekends.

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