Fest will be choc a block

August 02, 2017

Savour School chef Kirsten Tibballs and GLACE chef Christy Tania are two of the chefs to be featured at the Mitchelton Chocolate Festival.

MITCHELTON wines will welcome droves of chocaholics to their annual chocolate festival on August 19 and 20.

Teaming up with the Ministry of Chocolate, the winery expects more than 8,000 visitors to flock to Nagambie for the event.

Going bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event the winter festival will again be headlined by celebrity chefs Adriano Zumbo and Kirsten Tibballs.

It will also feature Masterchef’s ‘ice cream queen’, Christy Tania, and Cuvee’s Deniz Karaca.

Held in the heart of the Goulburn Valley, the celebration of all things chocolate will also showcase the best in local wines and produce.

Ministry of Chocolate owner and head chocolatier Drew Maddison said the festival would be another step up from last year’s incredibly successful event.

“We’re proud to have established an annual culinary festival during the quieter winter months,” he said.

“Visitors stay at local accommodation venues and use the event as an opportunity to explore the wider region and other local attractions.

“The grassy outlook of Mitchelton Wines will be lined with colourful marquees brimming with mouth-watering treats.

“Guests will also have the opportunity to walk through one of Australia’s largest and rarely seen underground wine cellars.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Adriano Zumbo and Kirsten Tibballs back this year, as well as many more elevated chefs and industry leaders to be involved in the festival.

“We’ll also be holding the much-anticipated chocolate and wine pairing classes in the iconic Mitchelton Tower.”

Festival-goers also have the opportunity to snag one of five Golden Tickets via a Facebook competition in the lead-up to the event, which offer front-row seats to celebrity chef demonstrations, tickets to wine and chocolate pairing classes, lunch in the cafe and more.

The event is free to enter and will include an exciting children’s zone complete with jumping castle and petting zoo.

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