Wellington Chocolate Factory (WCF) and The Chocolate Bar are launching New Zealand’s first craft chocolate festival – Chocstock – bringing together for the first time New Zealand’s best craft chocolate makers in Wellington on 3 July 2021.
The brainchild of WCF and The Chocolate Bar, the festival celebrates NZ’s local craft chocolate industry, featuring makers including Baron Hasselhoff’s, Lucid Chocolatier, Ocho, Foundry Chocolate, Shirl & Moss, Raglan Chocolate and Flint Chocolate. During Chocstock, Eva Street – Wellington’s tastiest laneway – will also offer everything from chocolate beer, chocolate pizza and specially created desserts.
Matt Williams, General Manager of WCF, says Chocstock aims to connect and unify the blossoming NZ craft chocolate industry and its award-winning makers who celebrate and hero the cocoa bean.
“This is the first time all these makers have been under one roof, which we’re incredibly excited about. Globally the bean to bar movement is growing, as consumers demand more transparency and sustainability in their chocolate and realise the depth of problems – from slavery to deforestation. Craft chocolate opens up the category to be more like craft beer or fine wine, exploring the plethora of flavours possible with different cocoa bean varieties/origins and chocolate making techniques to celebrate the natural cocoa bean flavours. It’s a unique opportunity for people to immerse themselves in everything craft chocolate, tasting some of the best award-winning bars New Zealand has to offer.