Smooth Festival of Chocolate returns for fourth year

The festival will feature over 100 exhibitors

• Don’t miss The Lindt Lounge, Espresso Jar-tinis, Endeavour Beer chocolate brew and much more

The smooth Festival of Chocolate in the Rocks returns to Sydney for the fourth consecutive year on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August.

Luke Minto, Nova Entertainment’s Sydney general manager, said, “In 2016 the smooth Festival of Chocolate attracted over 120,000 people and this year will be even bigger and better.

“We are delighted to have long-term partners Lindt, Callebaut and Knebel Kitchens return, joining some exciting new partners in Piazza D’oro, Mr Black Espresso, Endeavour Beer and Baci Perugina. Not only is the event a great experience for festival attendees but also an important brand extension and partnership opportunity for smoothfm.”

Due to the sheer popularity of the event, George Street The Rocks will be closed to traffic, allowing festival attendees to roam freely to enjoy more features, a move made possible due to the longstanding sponsorship of Property NSW. Major sponsor Lindt and Sprugli will once again present The Lindt Lounge featuring Australian Master Chocolatier Thomas Schnetzler.

The Mr Black Espresso Martini Bar will feature “Espresso Jar-tinis” topped with Nutie donuts on offer while Endeavour Beer will brew a chocolate ale especially for the festival.

Returning for the fourth year, Callebaut and Knebel Kitchens will present the Callebaut Test Kitchen, featuring live demonstrations from the country’s best dessert chefs including Australia’s Queen of Chocolate Kirsten Tibballs, the highly lauded Jean Michel Raynaud of La Renaissance Patisserie, The Rocks and Daria Nechiporenko, the Australian representative for the World Chocolate Masters 2018.

Located inside the Cargo Hall of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, the Chocolatiers’ Quarters, sponsored by Baci Perugina, will house artisan chocolatiers showcasing their finest products.

Sydney Props Specialists will partner with the festival for the first time, taking over a laneway in The Rocks to create an ode to the history of chocolate, while acclaimed chocolatier, Jodie Van Der Velden from Josophan’s Fine Chocolate, will create a jungle entirely of chocolate.

The smooth Festival of Chocolate in the Rocks will feature over 100 exhibitors including Gelato Messina, Black Star Pastry, The Original Chocowrap, Rocco’s Dessert Jars, and for the first time, guests can even buy Domuts for their beloved pooch.

Further details about this year’s festival at

Photo: Nova Entertainment and smoothfm royalty at the 2015 Festival of Chocolate – Luke Minto, Ty Frost, Peter Clay and Bogart Torelli

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