This January, Andrew McConnell and the Supernormal team present Natsu, a 10-day residency at the NGV’s Garden Restaurant as part of the Triennial EXTRA festival.
Over ten nights, Triennial EXTRA, Melbourne’s largest presentation of contemporary art and design sets the scene for a party not to be missed. Moving, exciting and thought-provoking new work by 100 artists and designers from 32 countries forms the backdrop for Triennial EXTRA, a summer festival bringing together dance, performance, guest DJs, bars, food, architecture and conversation.
“The Triennial EXTRA festival is an incredible celebration of art, music and fun in the cultural hub that is the NGV- and we get to do what we love to do in one of the most beautifully situated dining rooms in the city. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? ” Andrew McConnell.
The idea of Natsu derives from the Japanese haiku poetic word natsumeku, which describes nature’s seasonal change as it becomes summer. Natsu means summer, a fun, playful, festive season abundant with produce and a natural reference to Supernormal’s roots.
The menu will celebrate the season and draw inspiration from fond food memories of Japan. At the heart of the experience on the outdoor terrace, chefs will grill yakitori throughout the night on the charcoal hibachi grill. Cold soba salads, seafood served on crushed ice, packed bao buns and specialty vegetable dishes will also feature on the full menu.
A day-time sanctuary, the NGV garden and Natsu’s ‘front lawn’ will welcome lunch time picnics as a refueling pause in between travels throughout the epic Triennial exhibition. Natsu’s picnic Bento will star vegetables, pickles, seaweed salads and savoury dishes. Natsu’s vegetarian or vegan only Picnic Bento can be ordered in advance via the website, ready to be collected anytime throughout the day and destined to be enjoyed in the lush surrounds of the gardens.
“In such a beautiful setting we don’t want our guests to be confined only to the garden restaurant, I love the idea of people spilling out onto the lawn in the garden with a picnic and just really enjoying summer in the city.” – Andrew McConnell
Through collaboration and considered conversations with the NGV design team, Natsu’s interior in the existing Garden Restaurant space will be transformed. The intent is to create an inclusive and welcoming dining space furnished with large, oak tables and benches designed and fabricated by local Geelong designers Relm. The idea is to promote shared feasts in a social environment, while low wooden counters line the perimeter of the room, offering an outward view to the water, gardens and of course, the fun and action of the Triennial EXTRA Festival.
Supernormal Natsu at Triennial EXTRA is an amalgamation of food, fun, music and art wrapped up in a 10-day party at the NGV – and the whole city is invited.