Sydney Is Getting a Pop-Up Winter Wonderland with Private Igloos Serving Raclette and Mulled Wine

Round up the crew, book an igloo and transport yourselves to the French Alps with one of these cheesy feasts.
Libby Curran and Nishika Sharma
Published on May 16, 2024

Twinkling fairy lights, hot melty cheese, mulled wine — and your own private igloo to cosy up in while you enjoy it all. If that sounds like the kind of winter scenario you'd like to snuggle into, then here's a pop-up you'll definitely want to make a date with.

Following its 2022 debut in Canberra and subsequent sell-out events in Melbourne and Adelaide, the Raclette Igloo Experience will descend upon Sydney for the first time ever this winter. Setting up shop as part of the upcoming Bastille Day festivities, this immersive event will take over the rooftop of Broadway Shopping Centre from Saturday, June 29, to Sunday, July 28, serving up a healthy dose of charming Euro winter vibes.

"Raclette isn't just a meal – it's a French tradition of sharing, laughter, and indulgence," says event director Vincent Hernandez. "At the Igloo Raclette experience, we bring that same warmth and joy to Sydney, allowing people to create unforgettable memories together while indulging in lots of cheese."

Available to book for groups of six or eight guests, each of the igloos is named after a different French ski resort. The set-up is designed to transport you straight to some wintery wonderland in the heart of Europe, complete with faux snow tumbling softly from above.

As the name suggests, the cheesy hero of this experience is the raclette, which'll be served up family-style at your table, ready to be spilled over traditional accompaniments like cured meats, boiled potatoes and pickles.

A huge amount of cheese is being brought over from France for the occasion, with up to two kilos of the stuff to be set aside for each group. You'll even get your own raclette guide to show you the ropes and have you dining like a proper French foodie.

Guests will enjoy a glass of mulled wine alongside with their raclette feast, although each igloo is also kitted out with its own mini bar full of French wines and soft drinks available to add on for an extra cost.

You'll wrap things up in very toasty style, too — huddled around a roaring fire pit with your crew and roasting marshmallows for dessert.

The Raclette Igloo Experience clocks in at $99 per person, with various day and night bookings available.

Catch the Raclette Igloo Experience on the Broadway Shopping Centre rooftop from June 29–July 28. Bookings can be made over on the website.

Image credit: BBR Group. 

Published on May 16, 2024 by Libby Curran
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