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The Rocks - The Smooth Festival of Chocolate, 10am – 6pm, Free

The Rocks - The Smooth Festival of Chocolate, 10am – 6pm, Free

The smooth Festival of Chocolate in The Rocks, Sydney is Australia’s biggest 2 day celebration of sweet indulgences on Sat 12 & Sun 13 August 2017

From rich, dark bean-to-bar chocolate made by hand to mouth-watering macaroons, silky smooth gelato, doughnuts filled with Nutella and profiteroles hand piped with velvety chocolate custard the smooth Festival of Chocolate will bring your dessert-craving dreams to life!

This year’s festival will excite your senses with:

The Lindt Lounge: with your chance to personalise your own Lindt Excellence Bar and win a $10,000 Diamond Ring inspired by Lindt Excellence and created by Australian Chocolate Diamonds.

Located: Tallawoladah Place (on the lawn in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art)

Cooking demonstrations in The Callebaut Test Kitchen Stage proudly built by Knebel Kitchen from industry heavyweights Kirsten Tibballs (Savour School Melbourne and author of “Chocolate”) Jean Michel Raynaud (La Renaissance Patisserie and author of “The French Baker), Jodie Van Der Velden (Josophan’s Fine Chocolates), Giovana Falanga and Riccardo Falcone (Executive Pastry Chef, Urban Purveyor Group)

Located: on the Overseas Passenger Terminal Forecourt

The Baci Chocolatier’s Quarters featuring:

A Pop Up Baci Chocolate Shop and over 10 artisan chocolatiers showcasing chocolate made with skill, artistry and passion.

Acclaimed Pastry Chef Dean Gibson returning to the Chocolatiers' Quarters create “Bone Shaker” a moving chocolate showpiece created from over 180 kilos of Callebaut chocolate. Having been in production since January and boasting its own production team including an engineer, Bone Shaker is not to be missed.

Located in the Cargo Hall, Overseas Passenger Terminal

Mr Black Espresso Martini Bar – Sit back, with Sydney Harbour and the Opera House as your view and sip on a decadent Mr Black Espresso Martini – topped with a delicious Tiramisu donut topper from Nutie Donuts! Try the "smooth Chocolate Ale" created exclusively for the festival by Endeavour Beer and Tap Rooms, The Rocks while you groove to smooth tunes!

Located: Tallawoladah Place (on the lawn in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art)

The smooth Star’s Stage – Meet and get your photo with smoothfm’s very own Richard Wilkins, Melissa Doyle, Cameron Daddo and David Campbell 

Located in First Fleet Park

The Cellarmasters Touring Cellar Door - Cellarmasters connects hundreds of thousands of wine-lovers with their favourite wines, and now we’re bringing the world of wine to you! Whether you’re a new wine lover or a connoisseur, our Touring Cellar Door will help you master your wine journey. Located on the Overseas Passenger Terminal Forecourt

The smooth Relaxation Station

Relax and indulge with the smooth Angels all day at the smooth Relaxation Station. Sit down, relax and meet the smoothfm on air talent*,snap a pic and upload it to socials with #smoothfm for a free souvenir picture and Lindor Ball.

Located: Overseas Passenger Terminal Southern Forecourt.

The Sydney Props Specialists Jungle Laneway

An ode to the history of chocolate, let Sydney Props Specialists take you on a journey into an Aztec jungle. Special guest acclaimed chocolatier Jodie Van Der Velden will be scuplting a "mini chocolate jungle" entirely out of Callebaut Belgian Chocolate!

Located: Atherden Laneway

Highlight: Black Star Pastry’s Watermelon Cake Reimagined as a Soft Serve, see broadsheets article.

When:Sat 12 & Sun 13 August 2017
10am – 6pm Daily

Age: All ages
Cost: Free
Where: The rocks, Sydney NSW

Parking: Wilson Parking - 220 George Street
Best way to get there? Please note if you're travelling on Sunday to the festival there will be interruptions in the city due to Sydney City2 Surf event. Options to get to the rocks via Circular Quay train, ferry and bus station is right on our doorstep so catch a train, ferry or bus to the festival for a fuss free experience.

ROAD CLOSURES, SPECIAL EVENT CLEARWAYS AND LOCAL ACCESS
To ensure the safe operation of the event, there will be special event clearways and road closures in The Rocks on Saturday 12 August and Sunday 13 August 2017.

Road closures will be in place from 4am on Saturday 12 August to 11.59pm on Sunday 13 August on:

  • George Street from Essex Street to Hickson Road (both directions)
  • Hickson Road from George Street to OPT elevated roadway (both directions)

Special event clearways will operate from 3am on Saturday 12 August 2017 to 11.59pm on Sunday 13 August on:

  • Circular Quay West Road between Argyle St and the roundabout
  • George Street between Alfred Street and Hickson Road
  • Argyle St between George St and Circular Quay West Road
  • Hickson Road between George Street and OPT elevated roadway
  • Harrington Street between Argyle Street and Suez Canal (police vehicles excepted).

Special event clearways are no parking zones. This includes motorcycles and vehicles with parking permits (including RMS Mobility Parking Scheme permits). Check signs before parking, as vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed, and a towing fee applies

For more details on the road closures and special event clearways, visit www.livetraffic.com, download Live Traffic NSW for iPhone®, iPad® or Android™, or call the Traffic Information Line on 132 701.

If you are planning to attend the Smooth Festival of Chocolate or visit The Rocks on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August 2017, consider the public transport options. To plan your trip, visit transportnsw.info or phone 131 500.

A festival map outlining the road closures can be downloaded from the homepage of www.smoothfestivalofchocolate.com.au  or here

Onsite Food and Coffee: Spoilt for choice for coffee and food stalls onsite at the festival

Centennial Park - Colour Run Sydney, 9am- 12pm, Free - Family $203

Centennial Park - Colour Run Sydney, 9am- 12pm, Free - Family $203

Sydney City to Bondi Beach - The Sun-Herald City2Surf, 7.30am-3pm, Charity

Sydney City to Bondi Beach - The Sun-Herald City2Surf, 7.30am-3pm, Charity