A Chocolate Lover's Guide to Agfest
Posted by Melissa Redman
Posted May 07, 2016
Everything you need to know about the delicious chocolate delights available at Agfest.
It tempts you, teases you and draws you in with its intoxicating smell.
Indulgent chocolate delights are everywhere at Agfest 2016.
Agfest is known for showcasing fantastic Tasmanian food products, and if you are after a chocolate fix, there is plenty to choose from.
Many of the businesses started at home in the humble kitchen and are still handmade, handcut and then lovingly packaged by the makers themselves.
The increase in these start-ups demonstrates how a simple family recipe or idea can evolve into a successful commercial business.
This can only mean exciting times ahead for lovers of chocolate and sweet treats!
There is so much delicious food and drink at Agfest, that it's enough to send foodies into a coma. So, where is a chocolate lover to begin?
The Fudge Factory is a veteran stall at Agfest, having made the trip from Warracknabeal for more than 15 years now, and boy are patrons glad they do. This handmade, handcut fudge comes in a huge variety of flavours, so there is sure to be something for everyone who visits Craft Paviliion G. Their most popular flavor at Agfest has been the classic caramel; this fudge melts in your mouth, and is a sure fire way to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.
Brownies might not be what comes to mind when the words ‘Modo Mio Naked’ are mentioned, but they sure will once you’ve tried them. Hailing from the North-West Coast, these multiple award-winning brownies are made with fresh local ingredients and are free of preservatives, artificial additives or flavourings. With reduced sugar and increased dark chocolate, these rich treats are all about the chocolate.
Some of Modo Mio’s offerings at Agfest include Death by Chocolate, Salted Caramel Fudge, Frangelico and Hazelnut, and the brand new Baileys flavour. These indulgent brownies are divine, and you will be disappointed if you don’t introduce yourself to this gateway to chocolate paradise. But be warned: you won’t be able to stop at one. People have admitted to locking the brownies away from themselves so they won’t eat them all at once!
When searching for chocolate, you can’t go past Anvers. Anvers is arguably the best known chocolate maker in Tasmania, and thousands of locals and tourists flock to their center in Latrobe every year for taste testing and to watch the chocolate-making process with wide eyes.
At this years Agfest they have bought along their famous hot chocolates, made from melted Belgian chocolate. Available in three flavours traditional, cinnamon and chilli, this is a deliciously smooth way to warm yourself up. Also on display is a range of classic Anvers confectionary, from truffles to fudges. With taste testings available, this stall in the 'LegenDairy' tent is not to be missed.
When a suitable rocky road could not be found, Loaded RockyRoad took it into their own hands to create a rocky road with a twist.Handmade with Anvers Couverture Chocolate, this rocky road comes in both classic and exciting fresh new flavours. These include Honeycomb, Fig and Salted Cashew, Lemon Meringue and Macadamia,and the award winning Salted Caramel and Toffee Popcorn.
These rocky roads, whilst a mixture of ingredients, marry flavor together beautifully and don’t come on as too sweet or overpowering. The creators of Loaded RockyRoad have been working tirelessly for 32 weeks to prepare this delicious treat for you. So if rocky road is your thing, head to Loaded RockyRoad in Craft Pavillion A.
This one is for those of you who are gluten free: Brownie Point Tasmanian Gourmet Brownies offer brownies with a twist, with flavours such as rocky road, jaffa, cappuccino; almond and cranberry blondies and lemon and date slice. Brownie Point is quickly becoming well known with suppliers both locally and interstate. These fresh, funky and fudgy brownies will have you coming back for more, and wish you had stocked up when you had the chance!
Cadburys have been a staple in the Tasmanian confectionary industry since 1992. Whilst locals and tourists can unfortunately no longer visit the factory shop or take tours in Hobart, Caburys are on show at Agfest with some terrific deals for patrons. Make your choice of a showbag filled with goodies or a wonderous 1kg box of Roses – great for “Mother’s Day” (or to stash in your bedroom). If in doubt, Cadbury’s is always a solid choice, and can be found in the fantastic 'LegenDairy' tent.