There are three things that Sydney-siders hold near and dear: The Harbour, Coffee and Booze. The Mr Black Espresso Martini Festival managed to combine all of our great loves in to one caffeine-stacked event.
Starting Vivid off with a bang, espresso martini lovers congregated down at the Overseas Passenger Terminal to celebrate. The Festival is a celebration of coffee as much as it is alcohol, with the cocktail menu being a time-line of coffee’s transformation. With over 10 renditions of the cocktail classic to make you feel like your were time travelling yourself.
If you started to hear colours and see sounds, then there was plenty of opportunities to take a break and soak it all up with food from Mary’s or Mr Bao and maybe have a beer from Young Henry’s or a gin and tonic to straighten you up a bit. If you wanted a bit of dessert, then Donut Papi provided the goods with their delicious donuts, and Loving Earth Chocolate made you feel a bit better about all your gluttony.
Talking to Tom Baker, managing founder of Mr Black, you get a sense of the amount of work that his team has not only put into the event but Mr Black as a brand.
“To say I was proud about how far we’ve come is an understatement.”
“We’ve managed to turn something that was such an unattractive category [coffee liquor], with our shelf partners being Tia Maria and Kahlua, in to something a little bit nicer.”
“It just makes sense, Sydney loves coffee, and we love a drink why not combine the two.”
With the perfect vista of the Sydney Opera house lighting up the sky as the Vivid installations hit its sails, The Mr Black espresso martini Fest was Sydney doing what it does best. Cheers.