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A display of artfully placed fruit with three butterflies.
Photograph: Supplied/Bunjil Place

The four best things to do at Casey Cornucopia

This 24-day mini festival will take over Bunjil Place as part of the City of Casey’s larger Winter Arts Festival

By Time Out in association with Bunjil Place
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Got your diary handy? You’ll need it, because Casey Cornucopia kicks off on June 24, and there’s going to be plenty to see, do and experience. A collaboration between Bunjil Place in Narre Warren and London-based creative studio Bombas and Parr, this weird, wild and wacky festival will showcase the Casey region’s local growers and rich produce in a way that’s never been done before. Expect giant sculptures, epic parties, guided tours, live demonstrations and even edible fog. Buckle up, it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

Check out the four must-do experiences below

Date: June 25-July 17
Time: 10am-10pm daily
Price: 
Free

Like something out of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the Cornucopia Garden is a surreal, multi-sensory installation that aims to showcase local produce in a new and exciting fomat. Located in the plaza of Bunjil Place, the space will be transformed into a fruit-filled wonderland, complete with oversized sculptures and the world’s first edible fog. And yes, you read that right – called ‘fruit weather’, there will be three different flavours of fog to sample each day of the festival.

Date: June 24
Time: 6.30pm-8pm
Price: 
$15

Want to be one of the first people to get an exclusive look at the Cornucopia Garden? Then you’re going to want to grab tickets to the official launch party. You’ll receive a welcome drink upon arrival, followed by a tasty selection of snacks made using local produce and ingredients. There will even be live performances that the whole family can enjoy.

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Date: June 25-July 10; July 16-17
Time: Available daily, check website for session times
Price: 
$10

If you’re keen to go behind the scenes and find out exactly how this quirky concept came to life, the Cornucopia Tour is for you. You’ll get to take a closer look at the original Bombas and Parr designs, learn about the research and development that went into creating the sculptures and edible fog, and discover the untold story of the chocolate lily – an indigenous plant with blue flowers that smells a lot like chocolate. Along the way you’ll also gain a better understanding of Casey’s produce and growers, via a smorgasbord of bite-sized goodies.

Date: July 1-2
Time: Staggered entry between 6.30pm and 8.40pm
Price:
$110

As far as dinner parties go, this is one you definitely don't want to miss. The Cornucopia Immersive Dinner is a fine-dining experience like no other, featuring seven exciting courses by Bunjil Place's in-house chef. On this culinary journey through Casey's foodie landscape you'll sample a cornucopia of modern dishes (including green ant rice paper rolls and cricket pho), and enjoy live music performances that will help you better understand the local produce and where it comes from. And as you continue to feast, expect the scenery to change with you, evoking the changing light of the winter night. 

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