A delicious weekend was had by more than 123,000 Sweet Surrender-lovers at this year’s Smoothfm Smooth Festival of Chocolate, held in Sydney.
Spread over two decadent days, people flooded to The Rocks precinct and enjoyed an array of treats from spectacular Sydney patisseries, ice creameries and chocolatiers including Black Star Pastry, Zumbo, Textbook Patisserie, Oregano Scrolls, Serendipity Ice Cream, Koko Black, Sydney Chocolate, Little Zebra, Chocolate 5018, Choco-Lab and Junee Chocolate.
With more than 90 stalls of decadent, intricate and beautiful desserts, Smooth was an instagrammer’s heaven and the perfect place to relax in the sunshine while gorging and enjoying the special features such as artists, cake decorators and chefs doing demonstrations on the Callebaut Test Kitchen Stage.
The Chocolatier’s Quarters alone attracted 25,000 people, who marvelled upon Dean Gibson’s incredible scarecrow showpiece made of 30kg of the good stuff by Callebaut, as well as demonstrations by masterful cake decorator Baked By Joanne and artist James Patrick.
The Callebaut Test Kitchen Sweet Surrender Stage was set against the spectacular backdrop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House and featured captivating demonstrations by Jean Michel Raynaud, Gigi Falanga, Anna Polyviou, Carlos Heng, Black Star Pastry’s Christopher The, Australian Gourmet Traveller’s Emma Knowles and Ali King from Zumbo’s Just Desserts. Anna Polyviou was a crowd-pleaser as always and made her ‘Anna’s Mess’ dessert, which she debuted on Masterchef this year.
To celebrate Smooth, Callebaut hunted down their Callebaut Young Inspirer – a chef aged between 18 and 30 who is showing creativity, skill and passion in their work. To enter, young chefs uploaded images of their work to Instagram with the hashtag #callebautyounginspirer. Check out the profile of this year’s winner, Sina Klug of Nutie Donuts, on page 67.
Other features included The Lindt Lounge, where visitors had the chance to customise their own Lindt Excellence Bar and try one of the three new éclair flavours on offer. Lindt Master chocolatier Stefan Bruderer flew in exclusively for the event from Switzerland.
The Darrell Lea Choc-Lea Chill Out also proved a hit, where guests could experience the colour and excitement of one of Australia’s iconic chocolate brands, and of course sample products.