Coffee, Chocolate, Tea and Spice, nice!23

Posted on July 8, 2008 by ChristieEvents

Only cost $1!
[The Aroma Festival Sydney, Coffee by Cafe Migliore]

Strawberries with a view
[The Aroma Festival Sydney, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries by Lush Berries]

Did you enjoy those pictures? I love bragging about how great Sydney is on a gorgeous Winter day. Look at those blue skies. I couldn’t help myself, I had to include the two famous landmarks in my photos of The Aroma Festival. Especially for my international readers.

The Aroma Festival was held in the historic Rocks area of Sydney which, you’ve probably guessed, also happens to be right next to Sydney Harbour. There was a massive turn up for the event which featured loads of stalls selling coffee, chocolate, tea and spices.

The coffees were all $1 each which made me think everyone would be frantic and high on a caffeine buzz, but the crowd was quite relaxed and friendly. My guess is because it was nice and warm and it was Sunday, plus stuffing your face with chocolate often puts people in a good mood. It works for me!

After doing a lap of all the coffee stands we settled on Cafe Migliore – they looked friendly and the line up wasn’t too long. The coffee (pictured) was good, nice and strong and creamy too. The poor baristas had about 2.3 seconds to make each coffee so they couldn’t really produce their best work. For $1 though, I can’t complain.

Once the coffee was gone The Bear and I wandered around looking for a suitable treat to indulge in. The Bear decided on a sticky date cup cake from The Cupcake Bakery, he’s a big cupcake and sticky date pudding fan so it was a no brainer.

It was a tough choice for me though. I almost got a little cup with chopped strawberries and melted chocolate from one of those fountains, but then I walked past the Lush Berries stand. Oh. My. Goodness. The strawberry on the left is dipped in dark chocolate and the other is dipped in milk chocolate and then dark chocolate chips. They were absolutely delicious.

It’s not the season for strawberries but somehow they were perfectly ripe, sweet and juicy. The chocolate was of very high quality and after the initial crunch it melted softly on my tongue. Just perfect.

The most disappointing section of the festival was the spices which was what I was most looking forward to. I didn’t think there was enough variety, only a few stands. It was as if they were tacked on at the last minute. I did try a really nice wine jelly paste although I can’t remember the company.

But between walking, browsing, tasting and catching glimpses of the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and bright blue skies, there was more than enough to satisfy my senses. I’ll probably go again next year.

Happy eating, Christie

ps. Thanks again to The Bear for being my lovely hand model.

Kitchen Discounts

  • Okay seriously I loved those shots! So awesome…I love the idea of an Aroma Festival!

  • Love the pictures!

  • It’s true what they say. Everything, including chocolate, is bigger in Austrailia. :)

  • I don’t have giant hands, it’s just a tiny coffee cup!

  • Hahaha, the cup wasn’t so small in my hands! We were at the Festival towards the late afternoon and it was fabulous. It’s great living in Sydney……

  • Great photos! Those Lush Berries look too good to be true.

  • I’m jealous…it’s never that sunny in New York in the winter ;)

  • Hi Noble Pig,
    Hurray! I had you in mind when I said international readers.

    Hi Maryann,

    Hi Dragon,
    Hehe. The chocolate does look bigger than the Opera House! It’s all perspective unfortunately :)

    Hi Bear,
    Sorry! I forgot to mention they were tiny cups. Your hands are the perfect size.

    Hi Ju’eta,
    You have tiny hands like me! Sadly I missed you at the Festival.

    Hi Lisa,
    They were very very nice ;)

    Hi Colleen,
    What can I say? I live in the best city in the world! But I haven’t been to NYC…yet. The plan is later this year!

  • Those chocolates look totally….LUSH. I have small hands too :)

  • Kim

    I am jealous- your beautiful day, the chocolate and the thought of an aroma festival.

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  • The festival sounds like fun and those chocolates look good!

  • You make me want to go Sydney. Shall plan for one when I am back ..nearer to the Southern Hemisphere. That chocolate really looks bigger than usual :P

  • Hi Laura,
    Hehe, they were LUSH, definitely!

    Hi Kim,
    Sorry to brag! But it was lovely :)

    Hi Kevin,
    Mmmm, they were good.

    Hi Tigerfish,
    Yes, come to Sydney! The chocolates – perspective darling… I wish they were as big as the Opera House! Actually, that would be disastrous for my hips ;)

  • Hi ! I was there at the Aroma Festival too. I loved the chocolate covered strawberries. It was a great day with lovely weather – luckily, because last year it rained!

  • Oh jeez. Please send me a strawberry! They must have been taking steroids.

    Tell me they really weren’t as juicy delicious as I am imagining they are.

  • Hi Lisa,
    The weather was lovely wasn’t it! Glad you got to indulge in some of those strawberries. Yum.

    Hi Tangobaby,
    Darling, I’ve popped one in the post for you ;)

  • It’s one of the best views in the world and I never tire if it. Thanks for sharing Christie! Those strawberries look heavenly.

  • Can water really be that blue ;)! This is coming from a city gal who’s used to LA’s polluted pacific ocean beaches. Lovely! I would brag about Sydney too…but I have to go there first! Chocolate covered anything makes my mouth water! Those strawberries look huge!

  • Hi Syrie,
    Agreed and you’re welcome!

    Hi Sophie,
    You should come visit! The strawberries were pretty big!

  • Stuffing my face with loads of chocolate works for me too Christie! I love the pictures too – they are stunning. Maybe one day….

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