Casey Cornucopia Festival
Casey Cornucopia – named after the horn of plenty in Greek and Roman mythology, which overflows with food and flowers – is a mini-festival devoted to adventures in food and the best produce of the region.
A partnership between Bunjil Place and London-based creative studio Bompas & Parr, the festival spans 24 days and sits within the City of Casey’s larger Winter Arts Festival.
The Cornucopia Launch Party (Friday June 24; 6.30pm to 8pm; $15) is your first chance to check out the festival’s winter installation, The Cornucopia Garden. You’ll be entertained by live acts and can enjoy drinks and snacks made from local produce.
The Cornucopia Garden (Saturday June 25 to Sunday July 17; 10am to 10pm daily; free) will completely transform Bunjil Place Plaza into an interactive winter installation, with large sculptures hidden amid the world’s first edible mist. Get lost in the swirls of deliciousness and stumble upon local produce as you’ve never seen it before, including a chocolate lily. Intrigued? Good.
Take the Cornucopia Tour (Saturday June 25 to Sunday July 10; Saturday July 16 to Sunday July 17; $10) for a behind-the-scenes look at the Garden. You’ll be sucked deep into the minds of ‘architects of taste’ Bompas and Parr, who are behind the sculptures and edible mist, and you’ll learn more about the Casey-Cardinia region’s produce and growers. (By ‘learn’ we mean via snacks.)
The Cornucopia Food Hub (Saturday June 25 to Sunday July 17; free) is open every day of the Cornucopia Garden’s installation and takes the form of a pop-up market in the foyer. Here you’ll be able to meet local farmers, farmers, growers, artisans, sustainability gurus and artists, who will provide daily talks, demonstrations, samples and workshops. Bring along some bags as you’re bound to go home loaded with produce.
Finally, you can go all in on your Casey Cornucopia experience with the Cornucopia Immersive Dinner (Friday July 1 and Saturday July 2; $110). A seven-course tasting menu will feature some of the best produce the region has to offer, crafted by Bunjil Place head chef Colin Wilson. This progressive dinner includes paired drinks, and will feature live performances to help you better understand Narre Warren produce.
To book for the launch, tour or dinner, head to the Bunjil Place website.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Bunjil Place.