Bar Fly

From the cock­pit to cock­tails, let Trol­ley’d touch down at your next big event.

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Trol­ley’d are a rov­ing band of mixol­o­gists who fly into events around Aus­tralia to serve cock­tails with syrups made from for­aged in­gre­di­ents. Founders By­ron Wool­frey and Chris Thomas talk us through sus­tain­abil­ity, riber­ries and their air­line theme.

Tell us about Trol­ley’d.

We’re con­stantly learn­ing about bush foods, us­ing lo­cal, nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents. We share the flavours at spe­cial events, mix­ing twists on clas­sic cock­tails; leave no trace and com­post out the other side.

What about the air­line theme?

We got our hands on some re­tired Ansett trol­leys which we con­verted into bars — we then thought we’d dress the part. The next thing you know we have a han­gar full of avi­a­tion gear — seats, life rafts and even a Short 330 plane.

How do you make your syrups?

We pick ev­ery­thing we use and have con­nec­tions with lo­cal farm­ers for the in­gre­di­ents we can’t for­age our­selves. Our favourites are Illawarra plum, riber­ries, lemon myr­tle, lilly pilly, wat­tle­seed and quan­dong.

What events do you pop up at?

Any­where thirsty peo­ple need sus­tain­able, tasty, cool, re­fresh­ing drinks. We’ve shaken up cock­tails at fes­ti­vals in Vic­to­ria and New South Wales, do­ing back­stage, artist li­ai­son and VIP bars, as well as cor­po­rate gigs.

What are the sum­mer plans for Trol­ley’d?

Sum­mer smells like riber­ries — we have a riberry fes­ti­val in De­cem­ber. Then we’ll be tak­ing the plane out for its first sea­son on the fes­ti­val flight plan, help­ing peo­ple change al­ti­tude with style. www.trol­leyd.com.

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