It was wild at Taronga Zoo tonight! I'm not talking about the animals; Traffic, crowds, prams, kids, parents and chaos! Why? Because it's Taronga VIVID in Sydney!
Cards on the table here; I am not comfortable in crowds and I was surprised that it took half an hour to get inside the zoo but I see why so many people would queue in a traffic jam and wait in line to witness this amazing event. Actually, I hopped out of my UBER a kilometre away from the entrance because I don't have the patience to wait in traffic jams; I would rather walk. Note: Getting back to the city after the tour was much easier, a free bus took us straight up to Military Road, with no traffic. We hopped off that one and another bus came straight behind it to the city.
When I arrived at Taronga Zoo, it was bedlam and I was meeting up with my friend, @Iwasreddotted, and despite the crowds, we actually found each other quite quickly.
I was invited to The View restaurant for dinner thanks to the Taronga Centre which also included walking around the zoo for VIVID. Finally, 30 minutes after we had entry into the Zoo we found the restaurant and sat down for a meal. Along the way the lights of VIVID and the view of the city and the Harbour View was spectacular.
When we arrived at The View it was quiet but after 15 minutes the venue was at capacity. The View is a family friendly restaurant and the perfect venue during VIVID for some downtime. Personally, I found it too noisy. The staff are attentive, friendly and efficient.
From the restaurant, guests overlook Taronga Zoo’s brand new light installations – the Port Jackson shark and the floating stingray as well as views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge; lit up for VIVID. I chose the Tempura Cod and Chips and #Iwasreddotted chose the Peri Peri Chicken. There was a selection of 4 mains and a number of desserts. I would recommend the fudge brownie and I rarely eat dessert! We also shared a bottle of Cape Schanck Pinot Noir.
Taronga Centre’s Head Chef Craig Milnes has created a custom menu especially for #VIVID it's at a set two course menu. A range wines, spirits, beer and soft drinks also available.
Taronga VIVID is open until 17th June. It was a Sunday night when I attended and I did not enjoy the long queues and being in such a big crowd, but as I mentioned at the beginning of the article I get nervous in crowds so I normally avoid large events. I did enjoy the spectacular lighting and appreciated the chance to sit inside The View to enjoy a meal, drink and of course the stunning view over the harbour.
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