Wonka-inspired Glasgow chocolate experience to be recreated in Los Angeles

Wonka-inspired Glasgow chocolate experience to be recreated in Los Angeles

Glasgow’s infamous Willy Wonka-inspired chocolate experiment – which left children in tears and prompted calls to the police – is to be recreated in Los Angeles.

The unique event has been described as “ironic” and like a Hollywood comedy. Zach Galifianakis is one of those who would be involved in the project.

A website advertising tickets to the event said all proceeds would go to a “mental health charity” and promised: “We’ll actually deliver.”

The original ‘Willy’s Chocolate Experience’ at £35 a ticket in Scotland makes headlines and sparked dozens of memes after images surfaced showing his near-empty warehouse decorated with just a handful of props and a bouncy castle.

Families were promised a “chocolate fantasy like never before” – but parents described it as “chaotic” and “terrible”, with many demanding a refund. The police were also called.

Actress and yoga teacher Kirsty Paterson, 29, who became a viral hit after photos emerged of her in a sad Oompa Loompa at the Glasgow event, will star in the California version.

Ms Paterson has been introduced as the “famous Scottish Oompa Loompa” and will take part in a question and answer session.

Willy’s chocolate experience. Photo: Stuart Sinclair

Attendees are invited to “enter a world of pure imagination at Willy’s Chocolate Experience Los Angeles as chocolate memes come to life” in an “indescribable” warehouse, where two free jelly beans will be given away per $44 ticket (35 £) on April 28. .

Speaking to the Daily Record, Ms Paterson described the opportunity as a “modern-day fairy tale” – and said the organizers were not linked to the company behind the Glasgow event.

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Ms Paterson told the newspaper she had received messages of support from celebrities in the United States and was hoping to launch a career as a children’s television presenter.

She added: “I didn’t really expect to end up in America or go this far because America is on a different level. I’ve never been to America before. As an actor in training, it’s really exciting for me. to go there.

“I do a lot of meetings and a lot of networking. As a trained actress, it’s not impossible for me to make films.”

Zach Galifianakis has been linked to the event in Los Angeles.  Photo: AP
Zach Galifianakis has been linked to the event in Los Angeles. Photo: AP

Guests will be welcomed to “a plethora of enchanting attractions” in downtown Los Angeles, including DJ sets and film screenings, as well as meeting Ms Paterson – who has been described as having a “heart Golden”.

Galifianakis will reportedly host a Q&A session at the event with fellow comic Nathan Fielder.

Ms Paterson said she was a big fan of both and “can’t wait to meet them”.

The event listing also states: “Additionally, Hollywood heartthrob Timothée Chalamet expressed interest in attending, further building the excitement surrounding this extraordinary event.


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