To those of us who
always dreamed of living inside Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory – your chance
has arrived, and you won’t need a golden ticket to get in.
SUGAR REPUBLIC is the
latest pop-up offering to hit Melbourne, and this interactive exhibition
promises to tantalise every tastebud. Housed in an old confectionery factory
that gave us candy icons like Freddo and the Cherry Ripe, visitors step through
twelve rooms of sensory delights with something for the sweet tooth in all of
Each room celebrates
some of the best that the dessert world has to offer; with themes like
‘Ice-Cream Dreams,’ and ‘Birthday Party.’ We don’t count calories in here –
Sugar Republic is all about celebrating indulgence and riding that sugar high
for as long as you can (until the inevitable crash!).
The exhibit’s features
sound like they’ve been taken straight off your ninth birthday party wishlist –
a giant birthday cake (and yes, you can jump out of it); a fairy floss swing;
and a human-sized gumball machine. A huge ballpit (bubblegum pink, of course)
and a climbable rainbow will take you straight back to your childhood. Sugar
Republic even do parties if you want to make your sweetest dreams a reality!
The catering at Sugar
Republic matches its incredible theming. Sweet treats are on offer as you make
your way through the rooms – help yourself to a giant pile of sherbet lollies,
or try your hand at serving up a giant soft-serve icecream – there’s no limit
on sprinkles. At the end of the exhibit you can treat yourself just one last
time at the grown-ups’ candy store.
Every detail has been
considered to make this the ultimate sweet experience – even down to the paint!
Decked in shades like Minty Green and Burnt Apricot, dessert lovers will feel
right at home between the Sugar Republic walls.
There’s a distinctly
Australian twist on the sweet fare – there’s a giant Bubble O’Bill sculpture
that arguably should be a national landmark; and event sponsors like Arnott’s
and Wizz Fizz evoke the nostalgia of a sweet Australian childhood.
For the insta-stars
among us, there’s many a gram-worthy moment inside. A giant neon candy art wall
is already a favourite amongst visitors (and it’s an Australian first to boot)
– did you really even go if you don’t have the selfie to prove it?
Good things must come
to an end however, so make sure to visit Sugar Republic at its Fitzroy location
before it disappears into a cloud of fairy floss on August 17.