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The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden

By Melbourne Food and Wine

  • The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden

    The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden

  • The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden

    The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden

  • The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden

    The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden

  • The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden

    The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden

  • The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden

    The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden

  • The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden

    The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden

  • The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden

    The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden

  • The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden

    The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden

About the project

Celebrate the wonder of water at the Festival’s spectacular hub anchored to the Yarra River in Queensbridge Square; a bustling riverside meeting place and home to Victoria’s most inspiring food, wine and cocktails over 17 days. Move throughout the multiple levels to marvel at the raingardens and learn how to harness rain water to grow plants and food, while understanding more about the globe’s most precious resource.
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne, 28 February – 16 March 2014, will bring the 2014 Festival theme of water to life by anchoring a three-level hub space on the banks of the Yarra River featuring a floating barge bar, open-kitchen eatery and skyline community space in the City of Melbourne’s Queensbridge Square.

The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden – the centrepiece of the 2014 Festival program – will be the place to meet, eat and drink for 17 days of the Festival, and will give visitors the opportunity to learn about how to harness mother nature’s most precious ingredient to grow plants and food through raingardens.

Following on from the Urban Coffee Farm & Brew Bar in 2013, this ambitious project designed for the second year by international design firm HASSELL, is inspired by water’s cyclical journey with the three levels of the installation each representing one of the three states of water – liquid, solid and gas.

For the first time, visitors will be able to experience the Yarra River from a new vantage point, with the space incorporating the disused rail bridge running parallel to Sandridge Bridge, creating a spectacular new view of the city’s skyline directly from the river, if only for a short time.

A floating barge bar anchored to Queensbridge Square will be home to some of the country’s boundary-pushing bartenders as they craft one-off cocktails and drinks that celebrate the three states of water. Visitors will also be able to enjoy wine and other water-inspired tipples over the 17 days.

The open-kitchen eatery on the concourse level will feature a lunch and dinner menu designed by a local chef collective brought together by the Festival for this one-off project: Florent Gerardin (Silo by Joost), Jesse Gerner (Anada & Bomba), Joel Alderson and Adam Liston (Borrowed Space), Hamish Nugent and Rachel Reed (Tani Eat & Drink), and Daniel Wilson (Huxtable & Huxtaburger).

Taking the much-loved tradition of Chinese yum cha dining and applying truly global flavours from east to west, each chef will create dishes embracing a range of water-based cooking techniques.

Throughout the Immersery, Melbourne Water and HASSELL will create vertical raingardens featuring drought-tolerant plants to ‘green’ the urban space and allow visitors to learn about how water can be captured, filtered and reused before it re-enters the water cycle. The role of Melbourne Water in delivering the high quality of Victoria’s drinking water and the journey of the state’s water from river catchments through the city to the bay and port will be celebrated throughout the space.

Moving up to the third level, a skyline community space with a cloud-like canopy will ‘hover’ over the disused rail bridge, creating a new elevated view of the city skyline. Materials commonly used in water infrastructure such as pipes and fittings, will bring an industrial and urban feel to the space.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Presenting Partner: Bank of Melbourne
Major Partners: City of Melbourne and Melbourne Water
Design Partner: HASSELL
Build Partners: Port of Melbourne Corporation, Schiavello, Aurecon, Select AV, McKenzie Group, Montlaur Project Services, Spacecube, Warner’s Nurseries and Tall Trees.
Wine Partner: Seppelt
Kitchen Partner: Smeg
The vision for The Immersery by HASSELL

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