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Food and wine in a post-apocalyptic trailer park setting
It's the year 2023. A global crisis has played out in Europe and the USA, the global economy has crashed. In Melbourne, jobs and resources are scarce. The divide between the elite and lower classes has never been more acute. Makeshift communities have infiltrated the cities.
Enter The Richmond Yard. This is a 'post-apocalyptic' meeting place where urban renegades, underground resistors and survivors in general gather to eat and drink. The Richmond Yard is open from 4.00pm to midnight every Saturday evening until 20th February 2016.
The Richmond Yard offers a 'post apocalyptic' dining experience
Five traders take over the site each Saturday evening, with well known names including Easeys, Burn City Smokers, Uncle Jungs, Mamasita, Iron Bark BBQ, Chill Bro and 196 Below. It's free entry to pop in and chill out in The Yard. There are several dining spaces, including The Commons: an outdoor lounge and dining area, and The Garden: a post-apocalyptic eco zone. The food on offer will vary depending on which traders are working. You might for example get the Aporkalypse Bun ($12) from Burn City Smokers, or the "PaDak" Korean spring onion chicken wings (10pcs) ($12) from Uncle Jungs. Check the Facebook page each week to see which traders will be in The Yard.
Uncle Yungs is one of the food traders at The Yard
Even more exciting is the trailer park, with five trailers available for two-hour reservations. Seating up to four people, these bookings offer guests the opportunity to settle in and enjoy a unique private dining experience in the 'home' of a fictitious Richmond Yard resident with food and beverage delivered directly to the trailer door. There is a minimum spend of $200 to dine in the trailers. Reservations are required.
As well as great food, you can enjoy creative cocktails served in oversized billy cans. Perhaps you could share these with a few friends: the 'Scorched Earth' (Blue Duck Vodka, pink grapefruit, artisan rosella soda and market foraged herbs), or the 'Revelation Cocktail' (Black Robin Gin with billy tea and a bay leaf & bitter lemon soda) ($30).
Otherwise, there is a selection of boutique wines ($9-11 per glass), Quiet Deeds beer ($7-11) and Flying Brick ciders ($9).
To help set the tone, local DJ favourites PWD and Pocock will provide suitably dark and moody soundscapes from inside 'the signal tower' (The Richmond Yard's communication hub and look out zone). Check the Facebook page to see which DJ is on the roster.
Please note, this is an 18 venue. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
And yes, well mannered dogs are welcome.
So climb out of your bunker and come on down! You'll find The Richmond Yard at 55-67 Cremorne St, Richmond.