Smooth’s Chocolate Festival Back at The Rocks This Weekend

The smooth Festival of Chocolate returns for a third year, to transform The Rocks into a chocoholic’s paradise across two days, this Saturday and Sunday from 10am.


Set against the backdrop of the world’s most beautiful harbour, the smooth Festival of Chocolate will feature over 90 exhibitors along with the Callebaut Test Kitchen, the smooth Stars Stage, the Chocolatiers’ Quarters, the Lindt Lounge, the Darrell Lea Choc Lea Chill Out and the Bilpin Cider Garden Bar.


Major event sponsor, Lindt will present The Lindt Lounge on Tallawolodah Place where festival attendees can meet Lindt Master Chocolatier, Stefan Bruderer, who is arriving from Switzerland especially for the smooth Festival of Chocolate. Guests can customise their own Lindt Excellence Block or taste the three exclusive new éclair flavours, salted caramel, hazelnut and chocolate.


The Seven Network have also signed on as a major sponsor in conjunction with their new show ‘Zumbo’s Just Desserts’. Zumbo Patisserie will return as an exhibitor while top pastry chef and Adriano Zumbo’s assistant on the show, Gigi Falanga, will demonstrate her finesse and creative dessert skills in the Callebaut Test Kitchen along with a selection of Sydney’s best dessert chefs.


Saturday 10 September: 

11:00 Jodie Van Der Velden: Josophan’s Fine Chocolates

12:00 Giovana Falanga: Zumbo’s Just Desserts

13:00 Emma Knowles: Australian Gourmet Traveller Food Editor

15:00  Ali King: Zumbo’s Just Desserts

16.00 Daria Nechiporenk: Prime


Sunday 11 September:

11:00 Jean Michel Raynaud: La Renaissance Patisserie

12:00 Christopher Thé: Black Star Pastry

13:00 Anna Polyviou: Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

14:00 Frank Gulisano: Dolcettini Patisserie

15:00 Greg Burge: Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café

16:00  Carlos Heng: MakMak Macarons


Visitors can relax by the harbour at the Bilpin Cider Garden Bar or witness highly acclaimed pastry chef Dean Gibson creating the festival showpiece on behalf of Callebaut Belgian Chocolate – Pumpkin Head Scare Crow in the Chocolatiers’ Quarters, located inside the Cargo Hall of the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

What: smooth Festival of Chocolate

When: Saturday 10 Sept – 10am to 8pm & Sunday 11 Sept – 10am to 6pm

Where: The Rocks, Sydney

How much: Free




by Arrnott Olssen
Editor Rogue Homme