Gelato Messina is set to open a pop-up glow in the dark dessert bar during Sydney’s Vivid festival and it sounds incredible!

They’re the most popular gelato shop in Sydney, and now Gelato Messina is set to open an incredible Vivid-themed dessert bar in celebration of the festival. The custom-built pop-up, Blacklight, will be must-visit for Vivid crowds, located right in the heart of family-friendly Darling Square.

A Neon Feast

Open from 6-11pm each night, the dessert bar will offer fans of the original gelato the chance to try a selection of glow in the dark treats. Adults and kids alike will be able to try the two delicious glowing cakes on offer.

Dr Evil’s Magic Mushroom cake is a definite highlight, with chocolate gelato, peanut butter cookies and dulce de leche covered with neon painted dark chocolate. If that’s too much chocolate for one sitting, then the Dulce-De-Lighted is for you with three levels of deliciousness, combining milk sponge, crumb and cream with glow-in-the-dark strawberry and roasted cinnamon anglaise. Our mouths are watering just reading about them!



Team Work

Gelato Messina aren’t the only eatery lighting up their food in celebration of Vivid. They have teamed up with Bubble Nini who will have two fluoro bubble teas available for purchase, Edition Coffee Roasters who will be serving warm mochas and a Miso Hungry gelato sandwich, and the Devon Cafe who will give crowds a sneak peek into their upcoming collaboration.

Just when we thought Gelato Messina couldn’t get any better, they make their desserts light up! We can’t wait to try them.

Will you be checking out Gelato Messina’s Blacklight pop up? Let us know in the comments.

  • So sorry I missed this. Love their creativity- and gelato – and hope they continue next year.


  • ohh my, wont be so good for people/children who need to lipread as the tongue and mouth will be covered in glowing lights but hey, it would be so cool anyway


  • Very psychedelic! Would be lovely to see and eat/drink at.


  • Wow this looks amazing! I’d love to go to vivid


  • I noticed they have a different menu each week of vivid which I find odd
    Who is going to vivid more than once


  • Nice to see but no not for food thank you. I dun want my tummy to glow in the dark or my poo glowing.


  • Great idea


  • wow this would be so cool


  • Omg this is pretty cool, bet this will be a popular attraction


  • I can’t wait to visit with my two girls they will be super excited at this concept!


  • I think I’ll stitck to normal desserts.


  • Wow live far to far away to go this. Wondering if they would bring something like this to WA.


  • Wow! that looks like so much fun! If I lived closer to the location I would for sure check it out!


  • That looks awesome! If I lived near Sydney I would definitely try it.


  • Looks great but I’m too far away and not sure about eating neon food.


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