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Did someone say melted Raclette, an igloo, and an urn of mulled wine?

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Do you think you and five friends could knock back 1.8kg of melted Raclette cheese, accompanying 1kg of ham, salami, pickles and a platter of potatoes?

And if so, could you follow that up with a skewer of giant marshmallows toasted on your very own fire pit, while sitting in your own private igloo? Washed down with an urn of mulled wine?

No this is not some Swiss ultimate fantasy, but a real life event, coming to Canberra next month as part of the Christmas in July Festival in Parkes Place.

The PopUp Raclette Melted Cheese Igloo Village may go some way to putting a smile on your face as you pull on your thermals each morning and crank the electric blanket up to 11 each night. But with molten Raclette cheese now available in a gourmet dining experience why not embrace the whole winter vibe and pray for snow?

The igloo experience is starting on June 23 and finishes on July 3.

Embracing the Swiss and French winter traditions of meeting around a hot Raclette grill, 12 private igloos will be set up on the lawns near the rose gardens outside Old Parliament

When you arrive for you booking, the table will be set, the Raclette cheese sliced, the charcuterie and pickles laid out on a board, potatoes in the Bain Marie, and the mulled wine in the urn. The Raclette grill (to melt your cheese) will be on the table and warm. Giant marshmallows will be skewered with each igloo having their own designated fire fits and wood to restock….hmmmm toasty!

Each sitting runs for 1.5 hours for lunch or dinner for parties of six or eight.

As a bonus – kids aged 6 or under eat for free and at night the igloos will lit up and changing colours creating a magical setup.

“Back in France, each winter, we would bring the family and friends together to indulge on a Raclette party. This is one of the things you look forward to in winter, and this excitement is shared by millions of French, every year. I can’t wait to bring this tradition to Canberra and have people enjoy their first ‘Raclette party in a igloo’,” said festival director Vincent Hernandez.

Launched in The Rocks in Sydney in 2017, the Christmas in July Festival attracted 250,000 visitors in 2019 and is expanding to spread Christmas cheer in Canberra for the first time.

Quite frankly, we can’t imagine Santa delivering any gift more wonderful than 1.8 kilos of unctuous molten cheese engulfing a potato or three. We reckon the Canberra chill won’t stand a chance.


The Essentials

The PopUp Raclette Melted Cheese Igloo Village
Where: Parkes Place lawns off King Edward Terrace
When: Lunch/dinner sittings from June 23 to July 3.
Cost: $89 per person (a minimum party of six)
For bookings, go to christmasinjuly.com.au

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