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Chill out at Winter Choc Fest

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Wednesday, JUNE 12

Chill out at
Winter Choc Fest

words GRETEl MEAD
>> Margie and Tilli Work enjoying a delicious hot chocolate at Barossa Valley Chocolate Company.

During the month of July, chocolate enthusiasts will be able to satisfy their cravings amidst serene natural surroundings at the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company’s Winter Choc Fest.

Returning in 2024, this family-friendly event promises a line-up of mouth-watering hot chocolate events, featuring brand-new private Winter Dome Dining experiences with breathtaking views of vineyards.

“Our team are bringing experiences, that are often available in cities, to our beautiful region,” Barossa Valley Chocolate Company General Manager, Kate McClure said, discussing Winter ChocFest.

“Things such as the ‘Winter Dome Dining’ experiences haven’t been done before in the Barossa and it gives locals the opportunity to try it themselves without having to travel far.

“Then for our interstate and overseas visitors, it reminds (you) that the Barossa understands what consumers are looking for and collectively offer a variety of unique experiences.

“It’s exciting that we can offer a new regional spin on something that’s capturing consumers in the city markets.”

Nestled among the vines, visitors will be able to escape the cold and embrace cosiness as part of the Winter Dome Dining experience – creating wonderful memories with family and friends, while indulging in a variety of sweet treats.

“We wanted the experience to create really beautiful memories for people,” Kate said.

“Each dome can accommodate either up to four or eight guests and we do encourage people to book in advance because we have a limited number of experiences available each day.”

With four sessions to be held throughout the day, spanning from morning to afternoon, there will be a variety of offerings available depending on the time-slot selected.

“Our first session of the day includes our decadent hot chocolates, paired with scones,” Kate said.

“Then we have our late morning and afternoon sessions which include a grazing platter of melted white, dark and milk chocolate, and an assortment of seasonal fruits, waffles, wafers and lollies.

“For those who want a bit of sweet and savoury, we have a lunchtime offering as well which will feature sliders, fries, a fondue platter, and drinks from Vineyard Road, Prancing Pony Brewery and Bickfords.”

“The ‘Winter Dome Dining’ is just one element, but during Winter Choc Fest there’ll be lots of things to do to keep the kids, families and adults all entertained”

- Kate McClure

In addition to the unique dome dining experience, July’s Winter Choc Fest also includes a diverse array of workshops and tastings for visitors to indulge in – perfect for the school holiday period.

“The ‘Winter Dome Dining’ is just one element, but during Winter Choc Fest there’ll be lots of things to do to keep the kids, families and adults all entertained,” Kate said.

“Inside there is the the 100 seat Benni’s cafe which will feature a decedant dessert menu, the cellar door offers experience with wine and chocolate pairings, visitors can watch the chocolatiers at work through the massive viewing window or enjoy our beautiful sundaes at the Gelati Bar.

“You can come to Barossa Valley Chocolate Company and get a little slice of the Barossa all in the one spot because you’ve got the vines, you’ve got the wine, you’ve got the chocolate, you’ve got the food.

“We have a lot to keep families busy and then we also want people to explore other parts of the region because that’s what the Barossa’s all about.”

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