Many thousands of Aucklanders tempted their tastebuds at The Chocolate and Coffee Show this year again, enjoying sweet indulgences and meeting artisan exhibitors from all over the country.
The seductive aromas of French-style pastries and freshly brewed coffee greeted visitors as they arrived at The Cloud in Auckland’s party precinct. Chocolatiers from Hogarth, Honest Chocolate, The Foundry, Baron Hasselhoff, Shirl & Moss and many others shared their latest innovations and delicious samples, including award-winning chocolates.
From Makana’s Macadamia Butter Toffee Crunch to designer cupcakes, Grown-up Donuts, gourmet popcorn and fudge, there was something for all tastes and ages!
Masterclasses and free presentations from some of New Zealand’s food, chocolate and coffee gurus, truly put The Chocolate and Coffee Show on Auckland’s event map. Celebrity foodie Nicci Wickes shared her dessert recipes, you could learn how to make your own gourmet chocolate bar, or enjoy wine and chocolate matching with Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas.
Visitors enjoyed fine tea and coffee, filled rolls, Vietnamese delights and ice creams and discovered plant-based milks, nut butters, preserves, chutneys, honey and plenty of gift inspiration, including cook books, homewares, coffee cups, T-shirts and aprons.
The popular VIP Lounge at the Chocolate & Coffee Show was a ‘sold-out’ affair, offering Allan Scott wines, Puhoi Valley Cheeses, Sprig & Fern Chocolate Porter, Haagen Dasz ice creams and a Goodie Bag filled with Tatua products, Well Naturally Chocolate and other treats.