Did someone say raclette fondue, an igloo and a mulled wine urn?

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Do you think you and five friends could knock down 1.8 kg of melted raclette cheese, accompanied by 1 kg of ham, salami, pickles and a platter of potatoes?

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

No, it’s not a Swiss ultimate fantasy, but a real event, coming to Canberra next month as part of the Christmas Festival in July at Parkes Place.

The PopUp Raclette Melted Cheese Igloo Village can help put a smile on your face as you put on your thermals every morning and throw the electric blanket on until 11 a.m. every night. But with melted raclette cheese now available in a gourmet dining experience, why not soak up all the winter vibes and pray for snow?

The igloo experience begins on June 23 and ends on July 3.

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

When you arrive for your reservation, the table will be set, the raclette cheese sliced, the charcuterie and pickles laid out on a board, the potatoes in a 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, each igloo having its own campfire and wood to replenish….hmmmm nicely toasted!

Each session lasts an hour and a half for lunch or dinner for groups of six or eight.

As a bonus, kids 6 and under eat free and at night the igloos light up and change color to create a magical setup.

“Back in France, every winter, we gathered family and friends for a raclette evening. It’s one of the things we look forward to in winter, and this excitement is shared by millions of French people every year. I can’t wait to bring this tradition to Canberra and let people enjoy their first ‘raclette night in an igloo’,” said festival director Vincent Hernandez.

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

Frankly, we can’t imagine Santa giving a more wonderful gift than 4 pounds of creamy melted cheese gobbling up a potato or three. We reckon the cold Canberra won’t stand a chance.

The essentials

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

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