North South Feast West Chocolate Festival at Immigration Museum
The World Loves Melbourne imbibed the delights of Chocolate Fest., the first festival in the North South Feast West series. We were fascinated by the rich traditions of chocolate from around the world, and their modern expressions. The World Loves Melbourne was inspired by the diversity on display, celebrating the nations of the world and their amazing cuisines.
Melburnians also loved it all, with a great turnout and vibrant festive atmosphere. Immigration Museum is an awesome venue for a festival, with its stately ambience and cool spaces. We wandered outside to DJ with beats, and some great areas to enjoy the chocolate offerings from traders.
Highlights included a chocolate beer garden, Chocoholic tours, talk and tastings as well as sweet treats from Mörk Chocolate, Pana Chocolate, Tonantzin Aztec Artisan Chocolate, Bretzel Biz, 2Pocket Fair Trade, Pecari Ecuadorian organic chocolate, Conscious Chocolate, La Tortilleria, Los Amates waffles from the Belgian Club Victoria and Choc Hops by Mildura Brewery.
Belgian Beer workshops were also a highlight, with informative sessions enabling people to learn about and taste a variety of Belgian beers, and pair them up with Belgian Chocolates.
The World Loves Melbourne attended as a family, and we give kudos to Immigration Museum for a fabulous event, perfect for families. We experienced a demonstration of preparing Mexican chocolate from Los Amates, with the surprise of so many ingredients required to create the nuances, taste and texture of the chocolate.
We also gravitated to the delights of Mork Chocolate tastings upstairs and purchased some of their top notch product.
The many chocolate tastings from specialist chocolate traders and artisans was fascinating and delicious - and we gladly purchased product from the chocolate artisans at the Festival.
The Belgian chocolate poured over waffles and fruit skewers was a particular favourite.
As was the chocolate beer from Mildura Brewery...
Check out upcoming North South Feast West events on the Immigration Museum website. Can't wait for the Chilli Fest!
Also visit the fabulous Courtyard CantinaFriday nights in February 5pm-9pm. Every Friday night in February the Immigration Museum’s courtyard will come alive with pop up bars by Shebeen and Melbourne’s own Sake Master, entertainment from a range of PBS DJs, and Street food from Señor BBQ, Bretzel Biz, La Tortilleria, Boss Man Food, El Alamo, Koba and Trailer Made Food. Join us for a delicious cantina wonderland with the sounds and smells of summer in the city. Proudly supported by PBS FM.
Courtyard Cantina is free, or enjoy the museum and Courtyard Cantina for $12 - Tickets to the Immigration Museum during Courtyard Cantina include special add on activities including wine tasting and exhibition viewing.