Melbourne's Winter Wonderland: The Raclette Cheese Igloo Experience

Melbourne's Winter Wonderland: The Raclette Cheese Igloo Experience


As autumn gracefully transitioned into winter, Melbourne's iconic Federation Square transformed into a magical winter wonderland. From May 19th to June 11th, the cityscape witnessed a truly enchanting culinary event – the Raclette Cheese Igloo Experience. This captivating celebration of cheese, warmth, and communal dining was a highlight of the season. What's more, we had the honor of contributing to this delightful experience by supplying the firewood for the after-dinner marshmallow toasting session, making the event even more special.

Setting the Scene

Federation Square, often bustling with activity, took on an entirely different persona. Illuminated igloos, each named after famous Swiss mountains, graced the square, casting a mesmerizing glow that beckoned passersby. These charming domes were the gateway to an Alpine-inspired culinary journey, one that would linger in the memories of those fortunate enough to attend.

The Raclette Cheese Feast

At the heart of the Raclette Cheese Igloo Experience was, of course, raclette cheese – a semi-hard Swiss cheese renowned for its melt-in-the-mouth quality. Inside the cozy igloos, communal tables were adorned with an array of accompaniments: perfectly boiled potatoes, tangy pickles, and crispy bread. However, what truly set this dining experience apart was the captivating ritual of watching the raclette cheese being melted and generously scraped onto your plate. This sensory delight engaged not only the taste buds but also the eyes, as the cheese bubbled and sizzled under the warm glow of heat lamps.

The rich, nutty flavor and creamy texture of the cheese harmonized beautifully with the accompanying ingredients, creating a symphony of flavors that paid homage to Switzerland's gastronomic heritage.

Toasting Marshmallows Over the Firepit

Following the raclette cheese extravaganza, guests were invited to gather around a welcoming firepit. This transition from traditional Swiss dining to a whimsical camping adventure added a touch of magic to the evening.

We were proud to contribute to this enchanting experience by supplying the firewood that fueled the firepit. As the fire crackled and danced, casting a warm, inviting glow on the faces of those huddled around it, guests were provided with long skewers and marshmallows. Laughter and camaraderie filled the air as people toasted their marshmallows to gooey perfection. The fusion of lingering cheese flavors from dinner and the sweet, caramelized marshmallows made for a dessert experience that was nothing short of unforgettable.


The Raclette Cheese Igloo Experience in Federation Square was more than just a dining event; it was a journey of flavors, warmth, and togetherness that embraced the spirit of the season. This fusion of Swiss tradition and modern urban life created an unforgettable dining adventure, warming not only the heart but also the belly.

As autumn made way for winter, this event brought a touch of enchantment to Melbourne's heart. It was a testament to the power of culinary innovation and communal dining to forge lasting memories. Let's hope that events like these continue to grace our cityscape, offering opportunities for people to come together and celebrate the simple joys of good food, warming fires, and cherished company.

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