Sunday, 12 October 2014

Smooth Chocolate Festival, The Rocks - Sydney

Let's bath in chocolate, shall we?
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Baskets of Tejas chocolate - one of the most amazing chocolate shops!

OK, maybe not literally, but with all of those great places and shops, it was hard not to buy and sample each product. It took me my whole willpower not to get diabetes in one day.

Smooth Chocolate Festival is over but I can still feel the hype in my bones. It was a part of the Good Food Month, showcasing the best (both chocolate and non-chocolate) products and also providing opportunity for local business to shine.

The crowd was crazy, to say the least.

Let's do the picture recap!

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Humans. So many humans.

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More humans.

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La Maison De L'Eclair display window. THEM ECLAIRS.

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The flavours ranged from mojito, berries, salted caramel, peanut butter. And the list goes on.

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I think these ones were dark chocolate & salted caramel, and mojito.

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Macarons. Pretty petite macarons.

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Mak Mak macarons. So popular.

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Lovely friendly ladies from Tejas Chocolate.

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They have four types of chocolate: original, coffee, passionfruit, Inca berry.

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Because they say life is like a box of chocolate. I wish I have ten lives then.

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Oh why hello Vanny!

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Honey puffs. Deep fried fluffy donuts with aromatic cinnamon and sweet honey. Moreish.

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One of the highlights of the day: Knafeh Bakery (@knafehbakery)

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It's mobile food truck specializing in one dish and one dish only.

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The Knafeh. Sweet cheese and semolina pudding with caramelized crust on top with some crushed pistachio and sugar. Best served warm, and shared. Definitely recommended.

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Of course I spied on others' food. Gozleme was spotted.

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The Choc Pot; one of my favourite dessert places. The choc fudge brownie was so rich, chocolatey, and maybe a tad bit too sweet for me. I don't have a strong sweettooth, you see.

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Presenting their new products. Chocolate soil, salted caramel spread, and more.

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This chocolate drinking soil is included in the hamper sent to me. All we have to do is add hot milk!

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Love Dem Apples' display window. They are Granny Smith apples coated in chocolate, cookie crumbs, peanuts; basically anything and everything you can think of. Toffee apples on steroid.

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I love the contrast between the tangy apple and the sweet coating, but again, maybe a wee bit too sugary for me. Don't judge. It's still delicious.

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Another highlight: The Cut's pork ribs.

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And these boys were the best! The original portion only consisted of two ribs but they gave us three.

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Three amazing, succulent, smokey, finger-licking good pork ribs = three happy, very happy, girls.

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More savouries just because. We hit Korean grill.

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BBQ rib wrap - with lettuce, tomato, and aioli. Filling and met our vegetables intake for the day. The BBQ rib was so lip-smacking tasty, I forgot to eat like a proper lady.

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Some refreshing lemonade to wash it all down.

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Then we head off to Bar 100 to bond over some canapes and chocolate-based cocktails. Pictured are pizza and arancini balls.

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My memory fails me and I really can't remember the name of these drinks. We got the tasting platter to try our three new friends here. Each shot was interesting on their own way, but let's just say that creamy cocktails and I don't really make friends.

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More spying ensued. Great and fluffy waffle from Pardon My French.

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I don't know which one's cuter: the little sweet girl or Serendipity's ice cream on a stick.

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Massive hot dogs from Lowenbrau pop-up shop.

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Callebaut Test Kitchens, where you watch the chefs taking rabbits out of their hats. I mean, mixers.

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I was too busy stuffing myself silly with food I only managed to get into one test kitchen: Dean Gibson's croffle session.

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What are those and what is croffle, you ask?

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Croffle is a hybrid between croissant and waffle. Served with chilli chocolate sauce (the toothpaste tubes are for this sauce), raspberry caramel sauce, honeycomb, vanilla bean ice cream and salty caramel popcorn. I savoured each bite slowly and ended up craving heavily for more. I have decided that I may like croffle more than cronut.

I guess I didn't eat much chocolate after all, but that festival was so much fun. I also missed on Messina (SAY WHATTT) because the queue was intolerable. I gotta say, though, I started Good Food Month in the sweetest way!

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Disclaimer: Irene's Getting Fat! receives hamper and VIP access to Bar 100 courtesy of Smooth FM and Nova. Thank you very much! All other food were bought at my own cost and all opinions are based on my personal taste.







Address:

SMOOTH FESTIVAL OF CHOCOLATE

The Rocks
Sydney, NSW 2000

Websites:
Good Food Month 2014
Smooth Chocolate Festival



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7 comments:

  1. Nice meeting you on the day! My favourite cocktail was the creamy one actually!!

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    1. Really nice meeting you too, Crystal! :)) Mmmm let's just say I'm not the best of friends with chocolatey cocktails hehe.

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  2. Oh wow! First was the cronut, then the cruffin & now the cruffle lol looks good though! The Cut are pretty awesome with meats & them pork ribs look amaze!

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    1. Hybrid food is ruling the world! And the pork ribs were even better, really! :)

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  3. Dear Irene,

    I came here too and when I saw the crowd, I just walked straight towards the Opera House to take some photos.

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    1. Heheh. Fair call. The crowd went super crazy as the day went on.

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  4. bathe with me in choc my love ;)

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