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And just as Charlie Bucket's bland life is about to sweeten with colour and confection beyond his wildest dreams, so too is yours when you visit The Westin. Named the Wonka Bar and right in the heart of the city, the team at Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio in South Yarra got together with the hotel's culinary team to invent a range of scrumdiddlyumptious desserts.
There is also a take on the famous 'Golden Ticket' made from a gold chocolate bar, dark chocolate mousse, smoked vanilla ice cream and salted caramel cream; and a Fizzy Citrus Burp, a brulee lemon curd with fizzy white chocolate aero, orange jelly and dried lemon meringue. Quite a few delights to get your taste buds around there.
Darren Purchese says, "I had a lot of fun creating desserts based on this much-loved children's book by Roald Dahl and I couldn't think of a more luxurious setting for people to enjoy them in than The Westin Melbourne."
The Burch & Purchese team have also created an edible garden which is on display for all to ogle at the bar. It uses the finest chocolate and all-natural food colours.
Taking inspiration from the book, the 3.4m chocolate installation includes "earth" made from 6kg of Salted Caramel Cake Crumb, 6kg of B&P Famous Choc Chip Cookie Crumb and 8kg of Pistachio Cake Crumb.
You'll also find thirty-two chocolate lollipops, 150 tiny chocolate toadstools, giant chocolate enoki mushrooms, chocolate bark and planks, chocolate twigs and leaves.
There is also a giant Chocolate Caterpillar, 50 different chocolate flowers – with each petal made individually and hand-painted, or chocolate sprayed, 15 chocolate butterflies and the colours are sourced from nature.
The hotel's bar team got their heads together to create four candylicious cocktails all on the Wonka theme.
Try the Blueberry Gumball which includes Belvedere vodka, blue curacao, raspberry balsamic, raspberry cordial and soda water garnished with ice-sphere, popping candy, Persian fairy floss and a viola flower.
Or try the Pure Imagination with Mozart dark chocolate liquor, chocolate sauce, cream, garnished with chocolate and gold edible glitter amongst others.
Guests purchasing from the Wonka Bar may even find they have a 'golden ticket' with instant win prizes up for grabs including a monthly prize of luxurious accommodation at the Westin.
The Westin Melbourne is the official hotel partner for the Melbourne season of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as it is just a short walk away from Her Majesty's Theatre.
The Westin Children's High Tea (for kids aged 4-12) been changed to a Wonka theme and is $49 per child.
Kids can enjoy Chocolate River Cupcakes, a Golden Ticket milk chocolate bar, Violet and almond Gobstopper cookie, Honeycomb and chocolate mousse, Edible vanilla meringue forest mushroom as well as a range of savoury temptations including a ham, tomato and cheese finger sandwich, a chicken and lettuce sandwich, a cucumber finger sandwich and a seasonal quiche.
The feast is served with the child's choice of fairy floss candyman pop, Violet Beauregarde's bubbmilkshakek shake, hot chocolate, or a range of healthy juices and a selection of soft drinks.
To top it off, the Wonkariffic High Tea also includes a limited edition Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book by Roald Dahl to take home.
$49 per child (aged 4-12 years)
The Wonka Bar and special Children's High Tea offering will run from 9 August to January 2020. To find out more click here.
The stage musical, adapted from Roald Dahl's classic children's book, will be open to the public on August 15.
For those wanting the full experience, The Westin Melbourne is offering a Golden Ticket package which includes luxurious overnight accommodation, two A-Reserve tickets to the musical, a copy of the book, and your choice of two desserts from the Wonka Bar for $450.
The Wonka Bar is in the Lobby Lounge at The Westin Melbourne and is available Sunday to Thursday until 9:00pm, and Friday & Saturday until 10:30pm. So fitting in with show times.
No reservations required except if booking for the children's high tea. Reservations are essential 61 3 9635 2222 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org They also offer an amazing High Cheese, high tea which was due to end but has proved so possible that the even has been extended until Dec 31st.
Increasingly, Melbourne hotels are theming their high teas to go with stand out Melbourne events. The Sofitel is also doing this at the moment with their fabulous Terracotta Warriors High Tea that complements the exhibition at the NGV.