WHAT? A Chocolate Festival you say? And in one of my favourite parts of the Western Cape – the Winelands! This is going to be a chocoholic’s dream and I wouldn’t miss it for the world…….in fact I am drooling already and dreaming of the 25th and 26th July as I close my eyes and breathe in all the amazing choccie aromas, relishing the smooth, luscious taste and texture of my favourite dark salty chocolate melting in my mouth. The idea of walking into a large chocolate emporium where the best artisan chocolatiers, chocolate artists, pastry chefs and cake designers are doing what they do best has me almost speechless. It will be like Alice disappearing into a chocolate rabbit hole and tumbling into an underground world of chocolate. BLISS!
Want to know more? Read on………
The Winelands Chocolate Festival – South Africa’s very first gourmet chocolate festival – will be a decadent culinary celebration of the best in South Africa’s chocolate industry. This amazing festival is being held indoors (hello winter!) at Lourensford Wine Estate in the Helderberg on 25-26 July 2015. SO soon…..I am wishing the days by 🙂 Think gourmet bonbons, chocolate bars, chocolate smothered honey nougat and truffles and this festival will offer your sweet tooth all that it craves and inspire you to think differently about how wonderful chocolate really is; how versatile it is and how it fits into our lives so well.
Along with show-stopping premium wines, freshly-brewed coffees and tasty bistro food, the festival will allow you to experience chocolate in innovative and exciting ways, all while gaining knowledge about its history and production processes. Yes please!
Highlights to look out for at the festival on the weekend of 25-26 July will include the Chocolate Theatre, an area dedicated to demos from top chefs and master chocolatiers, a place where you will be able to pick up some great tips and recipes from professionals. Demonstrationswill be given by, among others, Master Chocolatiers Dimo Simatos from Lindt,Alan Clegg from Alexander Avery and Kees Beyers from Beyers Chocolates as well as some renowned pastry chefs, who will all show their eager audiences anything from how to temper chocolate and hand-craft truffles to creating chocolate lace and filling pastries with chocolate.Lindt will be creating the scrumptious afternoon tea to be held at the Aleit & IS Art Gallery in the afternoon on Saturday 25th July. Janine van Zyl (Cold Gold) will show you how to make real dark chocolate ice cream – as well as some interesting and creative serving suggestions; and for all the tea lovers out there, Janine Baum from The Tea Merchant will be demonstrating how tea and chocolate are made for each other. A seat at each live demo costs R50. For the full festival demo schedule click here.
Fancy yourself as a great baker? Take a chance and enter one of the many creative competitions taking place at the festival. Industry 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.
Got little children? Not a problem for the Chocolate Festival. Why not add to the family fun and let them play dress up? On Sunday 26th July, all under 12’s are free. There will be a Fancy Dress Competition at 12 midday for girls and boys between 2-6 years.The best dressed Cocoa Fairy OR Charlie the Prince of Chocolate (or Chocolate Pirate, Cowboy or Superhero) will each win a scrumptious prize. For more details and entry, click here.
There will be a show stopping chocolate inspired Fashion Show presented by the Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design on both days at 11:00. Be ready to be dazzled with amazing, innovative chocolate-inspired fashion.Try something original by getting your nails done, creatively and expertly! If you are a little more daring, Mark Minnies will be on hand to adorn your body with temporary tattoos. Oh I am SO in for this 🙂 You’ll even be able to be framed in chocolate when you have your special Freys photograph taken at the show.
An Art Exhibition will display illustrations on the topic of the ‘The Chocolate Wrapper’ while thrilling Flash Mobs by students will be adding some energized musical ambiance to the event. Talented singers and musicians from Cape Town University’s Music School will be demonstrating random skits throughout the festival. Be ready to be blown away when you least expect it.
And then, as the afternoon shadows lengthen and you’ve had your fill of chocolate and are overloaded with inspiration and information, the Chocolate Lounge (open all day with free entry) will beckon you to wind down for a little while. From 4pm on both event days you can enjoy bistro foods, tapas, cocktails, and a glass of wine or MCC while relaxing to live music and late afternoon cabaret. Sounds like a bit of heaven to me.
Not only will The Winelands Chocolate Festival be a delicious culinary celebration of the best in South Africa’s chocolate industry, it will give you an opportunity to interact with the people and the talent behind the chocolate. Like a kid in a candy store, get ready to unwrap and savour the pleasantly layered Winelands Chocolate Festival, where good flavour and exquisite chocolate designs await you. Diarise the 25th and 26th July now and go and book your tickets!
Buy tickets online at Quicket or at the door.
Chocolate Afternoon Tea: R250 (sold out)
Family Package (Two Adults + Two Children Under 12): R85.00 each
BUT WAIT! There is more……………
I have a set of double tickets to give away to a lucky couple. Just like the browniegirl facebook page, and then tell me in the comment section under the advert of this post, how you feel that moment when you pop a block of smooth dark chocolate, or a delightful chocolate truffle into your mouth. The comment that raises the most blissful image in my mind and makes me drool will win 😉 Get to it. Please note that no travelling or accommodation expenses are included in the prize!
This competition is now CLOSED! Thank you to everyone for the wonderful entries. Our winner has been notified. Enjoy the Festival 🙂
All photographs in this post used with permission from The Winelands Chocolate Festival and Wired Communications!
Disclaimer: I am attending The Winelands Chocolate Festival with a media accreditation pass. All festival information supplied by Wired Communications and written in my own words. Opinions expressed are my own.