The Smooth Festival of Chocolate will return to the Rocks for the fourth year on August 12 and August 13. It will be like paradise for every chocolate and dessert lover in Sydney, with industry heavyweights and new players showing off their products and exciting and professional demonstrations.
I was invited to get an early taste for the festival at a fantastic event. In the style of a pub crawl, I was able to go on a chocolate journey. The journey started at the “Tuxedo Bar”. At the bar, we were shown how to make a chocolate espresso martini and we were handed some very nice white chocolate brownies with almond.
From there we moved on to “La Renaissance”, a rather famous patisserie. After arriving there, we had a short demonstration showing us how to make ganache and after the demonstration we sat down, we were given some ganache and some melted chocolate. We put on our aprons and gloves, then we dipped the little chocolate balls into the melted chocolate, we put it in the garnish and rolled it around in the small boxes, till the balls were completely covered. It was a very fun exercise and there was a lot of laughter among the participants.
After that, we went for a chocolate beer to the “Endeavour Brewery”. Apart from the very nice beer, we had a spicy chicken taco and a very delicious white chocolate and raspberry lamington.
But the absolute highlight came at the end. Our final destination was the “Sake” restaurant. When we arrived, we were presented with a plum wine and soon after we saw one of their signature dishes, the “Dragon Egg”. The “Dragon Egg” is made of genmaicha tea, kalamansi yolk, poached apples and puffed rice crunch and it looks like an amazing piece of art. It was in fact so beautiful, that I was quite hesitant to eat it. But the decision to eat it was made easier, when melted white chocolate was poured over it to melt the top. Breaking through the soft chocolate shell with the spoon was a truly amazing feeling. I scooped up a combination of the “yolk”, the molten white chocolate and the normal chocolate from the shell and it tasted like a dream. I think, it’s the most delicious dessert I have ever eaten.
I am very much looking forward to the smooth festival. Every chocolate lover shouldn’t miss out on this festival and just enjoy a stroll around the rocks, trying the most delicious desserts.