Chocolate pulls a crowd

August 02, 2017

Masterclass: Ministry of Chocolate's Drew Maddison does a showcase on how he makes his signature chocolate.

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

Teaming up with the Ministry of Chocolate, the winery expects more than 8000 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 Christy Tania and Cuvee’s Deniz Karaca and 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 (pictured right) 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.

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

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

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