Special Features & Exhibitors

Everything you need to know for the smooth Festival of Chocolate

By Rachelle Hills August 25, 2016
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The smooth Festival of Chocolate in The Rocks returns Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 August this year!

WHERE IS EVERYTHING?

The smooth Festival of Chocolate in The Rocks is Australia's biggest celebration of decadence and indulgences. Here's your guide for where to find everything:

 

FIRST FLEET PARK:

Food and dessert stalls

The smooth Star's Stage

Information booth

 

TALLAWOLADAH PLACE (lawn in front of Museum of Contemporary Art)

The Lindt Lounge 

The Mr Black Espresso Martini Bar

Endeavour Beer - Chocolate Ale (served inside the Mr Black Espresso Martini Bar)

 

THE CARGO HALLS - OVERSEAS PASSENGER TERMINAL 

The Baci Chocolatiers' Quarters featuring:

The Baci Experience 

Dean Gibson crreating "Bone Shaker" from 180 kilos of Callebaut Chocolate in collaboration with TAFE NSW

Artisan chocolatiers from all over NSW.

 

OVERSEAS PASSENGER TERMINAL FORECOURT

The Callebaut Test Kitchen Stage partnered by Knebel Kitchens

The Cellarmasters Touring Cellar Door 

The smooth Relaxation Station

 

BLIGH & BARNEY RESERVE

A Taste of The Rocks 

 

GEORGE STREET

Stalls and seating area

 

ARGYLE STREET 

Dessert and food stalls

 

PLAYFAIR STREET 

Dessert and food stalls

The Sydney Props Jungle Laneway featuring Jodie Van Der Velden from Josophan's Fine Chocolates

 

ROAD CLOSURES

George Street, The Rocks will be closed to traffic from Alfred Street to the start of Hickson Road, The Rocks for both of the festival days.

More information here: 

 

WHAT TIMES DOES IT START AND FINISH?

Saturday 12 August  - 10am – 6pm

Sunday 13 August - 10am – 6pm

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The smooth festival of Chocolate in The Rocks is FREE ENTRY

You simply purchase from stalls. 

There are a number of free entertainment options such as The smooth Relaxation Station, The smooth Star's Stage, The Cellarmasters Touring Cellar Door and A Taste of The Rocks

 

HOW DO I PAY?

All stalls will have LIVE EFTPOS facilities and will accept cash.

 

WHERE IS FIRST AID?

First Aid is located under the fig tree on the Overseas Passenger Terminal Southern Forecourt (facing the Museum of Contemporary Art)

Please seek out an event team member if you are hurt and cannot find your way to the First Aid

 

WHO ARE THE EXHIBITORS?

With a delicious line up of amazing patisseries, ice creameries, chocolatiers and gelato makers the smooth Festival of Chocolate ia all about indulging in decadent desserts and the latest creations.

You can find a complete list of exhibitors here:

 

ARE THERE GLUTEN FREE, VEGAN, DAIRY FREE OR NUT FREE ?

Yes! They can be found here

 

WHAT WERE THE FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS?

The Lindt Lounge

You could customize your own Lindt Excellence Block with your name ($8 each) or win a $10,000 diamond ring created by BB Jewllers for Australian Chocolate Diamonds. 

Location: Tallawoladah Place (Lawn in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art) 

The Callebaut Test Kitchen proudly designed and built by Knebel Kitchens – with cooking demonstrations from skilled chocolatiers and pastry chefs such as Jean Michel Raynaud from La Renaissance Patisserie, Kirsten Tibballs - Australia's Queen of Chocolate, Savour School Melbourne, Gigi Falanga from ByGigi, Riccardo Falcone - Corporate Pastry Chef, Rockpool Dining Group,Jodie Van Der Velden - Josophan's Fine Chocolates, Damien Heads - Woodland Kitchen, Daria Nechiporenko - ICC Sydney, Sina Klugg - Nutie Donuts Balmain, Elsa Li - Petal Met Sugar, Jenifer Lo - Bakedown Cakery, Lisa Featherby - Senior Food Editor Australian Gourmet Traveller. The Callebaut Test Kitchen Stage is the tastiest Test Kitchen where the audience gets to try the food!

The Mr Black Espresso Martini Bar – relax by the harbour, sipping a Mr Black Espresso Jar-tini...go decadent and top it with a Nutie Donut chaser! Why not try a Chocolate Ale? Brewed exclusively for the festival bar by Endeavour Beer at the Tap Rooms in The Rocks.

Location: Tallawoladah Place (Lawn in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art) 

The Chocolatiers’ Quarters – home to bean to bar and artisan chocolatiers. Features the huge talents of highly acclaimed Pastry Chef Dean Gibson creating his festival showpieces constructed out of chocolate –  "Bone Shaker" made from 180 kilos of Callebaut Chocolate and boasting it's own engineering team this jaw dropping piece is Dean's biggest work to date.

The Baci Experience - see why Italy falls in love time and time again with this delicious chocolate. Watch a chef hand roll Baci using raw ingredients and try a free sample!

Location: Cargo Hall, Overseas Passenger Terminal

The smooth Star’s Stage – meet your favourite smoothfm announcers or just pose with your friends, take a snap and receive a free souvenir photo when you upload to Instagram.

Location: First Fleet Park

 

The smooth Relaxation Station

The smooth Relaxation station this year will include the classic and interactive smooth Relaxation lounge set up within the comfort of a trendy, transformed shipping container.  Come in, sit down, relax and snap a pic in the lounge, upload it to socials #smoothfm and tell all your friends to come along and join you! There’ll also be a green screen in the space, transporting you to a wondrous chocolate wonderland!  Come and take your picture and get a free take home printer as a keepsake of #smoothchocfest.  Plus the smooth angels will be giving away some great free take home gifts too so make sure you stop in.

Located: Overseas Passenger Terminal Forecourt

A Taste of The Rocks - Wth more than 50 cafes, restaurants and shops it's easy to find a place in The Rocks where you'll be able to spoil yourself and your apetite. Drop by Bligh & Barney Reserve for a taste of a handpicked selection of what The Rocks has to offer.

Located at: Bligh & Barney Reserve

“Bone Shaker” by Dean Gibson Watch acclaimed pastry chef Dean Gibson create and assemble the world’s first moving chocolate sculpture made with over 100 kilos of Callebaut chocolate. Proudly sponsored by TAFE NSW and Callebaut professional Belgian chocolate

Located in: The Chocolatiers’ Quarters, Cargo Hall, Overseas Passenger Terminal

The Baci Chocolatier’s Quarters

Experience highly skilled, artisan chocolatiers. Proudly sponsored by Baci Perugina

Located at: Cargo Hall, Overseas Passenger Terminal

The Baci Experience

Get up, close with chef Jason Ludwig as he demonstrates how Baci, Italy's much loved chocolate is made from raw materials. Over 20,000 Baci Perugina chocolates will be sampled and you can purchase to take home too! 

Location: The Baci Chocolatiers' Quarters, Cargo Hall, Overseas Passenger Terminal

The Cellarmasters Touring Cellar Door

Enjoy a splash of quality wine as the Cellarmasters Touring Cellar Door makes it's first stop at the smooth Festival of Chocolate in The Rocks! Over 18's only

Located at: The Overseas Passenger Terminal Forecourt

 

HOW TO GET THERE?

Public transport is the best way to get in and out of the festival.

Circular Quay train station and Ferry stop is right at the doorstop of the festival. There will be a road closure in place 

Those who decide to drive, will find it easier to pre-book their parking or research parking options around The Rocks area.

Wilson Parking Clocktower – 55 Harrington Street, The Rocks

Parking Quay West – 111 Harrington Street, The Rocks

Parking Secure – 127 Harrington Street, The Rocks