Chocolate, who doesn’t love it right!? OK I know there are some wierdo freaks out there who don’t but I really can’t be friends with such people!!
Anyway the glorious news is that there is finally a Chocolate Festival dedicated to the deliciousness that is the cocoa bean and it’s taking place this very weekend at Lourensford Wine Estate near Somerset West.
The Winelands Chocolate Festival is set to be a culinary celebration of the best in the South African Chocolate Industry.
Imagine a chocolate emporium where you will encounter the best artisan chocolatiers, chocolate artists, pastry chefs and cake designers. A decadent culinary celebration of the best in South Africa’s chocolate industry.
Think gourmet bonbons, chocolate bars, chocolate smothered honey nougat and truffles. This festival will offer your sweet tooth all that it craves and inspire you to think differently about your favourite sweet treat!
Along with show-stopping premium wines, freshly-brewed coffees and tasty bistro food, the first ever Winelands Chocolate Festival will allow you to experience chocolate in innovative and exciting ways, all while gaining knowledge about its history and production processes.
Highlights to look out for at the festival include the Chocolate Theatre, which will play host to a series of inspirational demos where you will pick up professional techniques and recipes that will thrill your taste buds and delight your dinner guests from master chocolatiers such as Kees Beyers from Beyers Chocolates and Alan Clegg from Alexander Avery. Limited seating & pre-booking is essential here.
Renowned pastry chefs from Lindt will be hosting a scrumptious afternoon tea to be held at the Aleit & IS Art Gallery on Saturday afternoon. This is an exclusive opportunity to meet South Africa’s best loved chocolatiers over a welcome glass of bubbly and the finest chocolate you will ever experience, created for your pleasure by a master chocolatier/chef. Pre booking essential here.
Plus a Creative Cake Competition where leading VIP judges will be hosting an exciting competitive showdown to showcase some of South Africa’s most talented baking artisans. Categories include, amongst others, the best looking Chocolate Cake and the most beautiful multi-tiered Wedding Cake. For more detailed information as well as the entry form, click here.
This festival is geared mainly for adults as it is a focussed gourmet festival to promote and support the growing number of Master chocolatiers and pastry chefs who are taking chocolate to such great heights in this country. However, children have been catered for with a Fancy Dress Competition on Sunday at 12pm for kids between 2 – 6yrs. Under 12’s will have free entrance to the festival on Sunday!
Enter your little ones as The Cocoa Fairy OR Charlie the Prince of Chocolate/Chocolate Pirate/ Cowboy/ Superhero for a chance for them to win edible prizes here.
Like a kid in a candy store, get ready to unwrap and savour the delights of the Winelands Chocolate Festival, where good flavour and exquisite chocolate designs await you!
Dates & Times:
25 – 26 JULY 2015
Saturday 9am – 7:30pm
Sunday 9am – 6pm
Family Package (Two Adults + Two Children Under 12): R85.00 each
Buy tickets online at Quicket or at the door.
The great news is that I’m giving away 2 x tickets to the Winelands Chocolate Festival today only!
To enter follow the steps below asap. Winner will be announced on Wednesday 22 July at 12 noon.
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED