Remember a simpler time? When food trucks would set up somewhere, and the people would gather, stand in queues and pay a bit too much for a couple of tacos? We’re getting nostalgic over here.
Things are different now. You can’t just serve food anymore – you need an apocalyptic narrative to go with it.
So here’s what you should know about the new food-truck pop-up, Richmond Yard: the year is 2023. The global economy has crashed, leaving residents fighting to survive in urban areas and taking shelter in haphazard trailer communities.
That’s the backstory behind the new pop-up, coming in December and running every Saturday in summer. The venue is a large-scale project by the creative production team The Seven, and features Melbourne pop-up traders, such as Easey’s and other alternating guests.
The project is led by Starr Guzman, the producer behind Melbourne Music Week venues Where?house in 2012 and Kubik 2011. She describes Richmond Yard as, “An immersive post-apocalyptic bar and grill.”
Every aspect of Richmond Yard has been thought out to minimise waste (as would be necessary in the venue’s desperate-world concept). The venue has organised a compost system at Collingwood College to dispose of organic waste. The site will also use solar power and bio-diesel to cut down on carbon emissions.
There will be between six and eight trailers set up on the grounds. Visitors can reserve trailers to explore. They will be filled with artifacts relating to a specific character created by the team.
Expect to see Easey’s serving every Saturday; however, don’t expect the same menu. “We’ve asked all food traders to come up with a menu that speaks to a post-apocalyptic world,” Guzman says. “Some [of the traders] will take this on really creatively.”
Music will feature heavily. “We want [musicians to create] dark and moody soundscapes to tie in with the concept; we’ve been really selective with who we’ve approached.” DJs Hans DC, Edd Fisher and Kiti perform on the first Saturday.
Want to experience humanity’s final days but not ready for the relentless horror and sadness? The Richmond Yard opens this Saturday, December 12*.
The Richmond Yard
Carpark, 55–67 Cremorne Street, Cremorne
December 12, 2015 to February 20 , 2016
*The opening night (Saturday December 12) will only be open from 8pm for those who have booked their free ticket online. Each Saturday onwards will start from 4pm.