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Sofitel Melbourne on Collins is again promoting the arts in a fun, foodie and inspiring way with a unique concept, The Sofitel & Dulux Terracotta Warriors High Tea held every Saturday and Sunday from 25th May until 13th October 2019. This event will delight adults and children alike.
As you may be aware the Terracotta Warriors from Xi'an China are one of the world's most significant archaeological finds. So to have eight of the life-sized warrior figures, two Imperial Army horses and two replica bronze chariots drawn by four horses marching into the NGV is an incredible coup for Melbourne.
The Sofitel high tea concept complements the exhibition perfectly. A little known fact is that when the terracotta warriors were unearthed in 1974, their uniforms were found painted in bright colours. But within seconds of exposure to the outside air, the cracking paint faded completely.
Sofitel, therefore, presents you with a chance to do some creative repainting. You are presented with a chocolate warrior, paintbrushes you can dip into fountains of edible Dulux paint and the following scenario:
Over 2,200 years have passed since anyone has seen the original colours of the Terracotta Warriors. ... High Tea goers will need to use their imagination to choose from four flowing fountains of edible Dulux Mint Twist, Dulux Symphony Red, Dulux Midas Touch and Dulux China White colours.
This will be a great activity for children, not to mention creative adults.
The dainty sandwiches will have fillings such as Sichuan pepper mayonnaise and glazed leg ham, chicken spring onion and coriander, crushed egg with sriracha and watercress, smoked salmon with teriyaki glaze and toasted sesame, sweet chilli cream cheese with five spice roasted water chestnuts.
But it is the artistic flair of Sofitel's highly talented international pastry chef, David Hann that is sure to steal the limelight.
His handcrafted sweets include red bean curd and white chocolate bombe on coconut shortbread, strawberry and yuzu tartlets, crisp wontons with chocolate, ginger and pineapple, salted coconut sago with palm sugar caramel, pandan crème brûlée, pineapple and lime friands, black sesame and matcha macarons, steamed custard buns and matcha tartlets
A number of items on the menu are gluten free and there are various vegan and vegetarian options.
High tea gastronomes can embrace their inner artist at Sofi's Lounge from 2.30pm every Saturday and Sunday from 25th May until 13th October 2019 for $99 per adult.
Children 3-5 are $35 and 6-11 $55. Adults are $99, including a glass of bubbly and unlimited tea and coffee. An extra $19 gets you free-flowing sparkling wine.