It definitely wasn’t my usual Saturday night, but on the weekend I spent an evening in a trailer park. With a semi apocalyptic “doomsday” feel, a series of trailers have taken over a derelict looking car park in the heart of Cremorne.
First let me set the scene a little… “It’s the year 2023. A global crisis has played out in Europe and the USA, the global economy has crashed. Here in Australia, jobs and resources are scarce. A mass divide between the elite and the lower classes is accentuated to the extreme. The everyday person is fighting to survive in the post apocalyptic era. Communal makeshift communities have infiltrated the cities, as accommodation is sparse. Welcome to The Richmond Yard, a meeting place, watering hole, trading circuit and trailer park. Home base to urban renegades and underground resistors. “
Richmond Yard is the latest concept by Starr Guzmann and creative events team – The Seven. The Cremorne car park has been brilliantly transformed to resemble an apocalyptic style trailer park complete with an eclectic range of vintage sofas, granny armchairs and other salvaged furniture. Six resident trailers are housed at Richmond Yard which are furnished to have their own personality and character; all based on a fictitious Richmond Yard resident. Characters such as Robyn the Mutant Junk Man, Red Dog the Urban Resistor/Hacker and Harry & Jen the young lovers are just some examples of the wild renegades that have taken refuge in these trailers.
The resident trailers are available for two-hour reservations, or you can just hang out with the friendly folk in “the commons”, an outdoor lounge and dining area. Don’t miss “the garden” – post-apocalyptic eco zone.
We had the pleasure of dining in one of the trailers for the evening. Our trailer was nicely appointed with a booth, kitchen and even a bed to rest your weary legs.
A table service is offered from the comfort of your own trailer, with food and beverages delivered directly to your door. Different food trucks are on rotation at Richmond Yard, so you can expect delicious food from the likes of Easey’s, Burn City Smokers, Iron Bark BBQ and Uncle Jung’s Kitchen, just to name a few.On Saturday night we had the pleasure of enjoying the delicious burgers from the Dude Food Man.
I have never tried the burgers from the Dude Food Man before, and trust me, they didn’t disappoint. The gut wrenching ‘Beasty Boy’ was loaded with two wagyu patties, American cheddar, maple bacon and jalapenos, while the Southern Fried Chicken Burger was another favourite, packed full of spicy chicken, cheddar, iceberg lettuce, tomato, handmade bbq sauce and chipotle mayo to add a bit of spice.
The brains behind the cocktail list is master mixologist Andy Griffiths (Section 8) so you expect good things. I loved the cocktail jugs served from billy cans, to add to the atmosphere. The ‘Revelation Cocktail’ is a refreshing concoction of Black Robin Gin mixed with Billy Tea and a Bay Leaf & Bitter Lemon Soda, perfect for sharing with a group of mates.
Wine connoisseurs will love the selection of boutique Handpicked Wines available at one of the trailers. The friendly staff are more than happy to have a chat and offer you a tasting. While Quiet Deed Beer and Flying Brick ciders are also great options if you’re feeling thirsty.
For a family-friendly vibe visit during the early shift when it’s a little quieter. In the evening, local and international djs take the stage from inside ‘the signal tower’.
One of the best things about Richmond Yard is their commitment to the environment and sustainability. From a compost system to dispose of organic waste to their use of solar power, they have thought of every detail to minimise waste.
The post apocalyptic future is looking promising after all.
The Richmond Yard
A Carpark 55-67 Cremorne St, Cremorne
O Saturdays 4pm – midnight until Saturday 20th February
A reservation in a private trailer n includes two hour private trailer booking, wait service, $200 food and bar tab. Limited bookings available so book early to avoid disappointment.
I was invited as guest of Richmond Yard.