Black Forest Brings Its Silly, Surreal Gummy Harvest Celebration to NYC

A tree grows near Brooklyn (Decker)

What happens in the Black Forest doesn't stay in the Black Forest. Ferrara / Joan Creative

Black Forest plants itself in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood with an outdoor activation the brings the Ferrara candy brand’s self-consciously surreal commercials to life. (“So juicy, Ja!”)

Devised with Troika/Mission and Joan Creative, the event features a fantastical 20-foot-high tree with silk leaves, actor Brooklyn Decker, 10,000 free samples of gummies and fruit snacks for the public, and actors dressed as the campaign’s mythical woodland dwellers.

Black Forest says the troupe will perform the risqué “harvest ritual,” immortalized in ads that dropped a few months back. Starting around the 18-second mark, it’s pretty darn silly and kind of NSFW.

Titillating — but surely not the lewdest sight you could see in Chelsea on any given day.

All of this marketing mishegas takes place from Thursday afternoon through Friday along the High Line at the 14th Street and 10th Avenue Passage.

“We spent a lot of time discussing where we would locate the first Black Forest gummy tree,” Annie Meyer, senior brand manager at Black Forest parent Ferrara, tells Adweek. “We chose New York City because of the contrast it would provide to the pristine serenity of the Black Forest. More specifically, we chose the High Line to take advantage of its greenery filled landscape and proximity to art attractions, both of which draw a large number of locals and tourists who might stumble upon our forest oasis.”

“The tree is a playful and unique way for people to engage with our brand, sample gummies and learn about how Black Forest is eliminating the trade off between what tastes delicious and what you can feel slightly better about eating,” she says.

Keep watching this space, because we’ll be harvesting some images from the activation later today.

UPDATE: Fun photos from the event below.
Credit: Michael Simon

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@DaveGian David Gianatasio is a longtime contributor to Adweek, where he has been a writer and editor for two decades. Previously serving as Adweek's New England bureau chief and web editor, he remains based in Boston.