Friday, 25 August 2017

Adventure #21: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie's Hot Chocolate Festival

It took a lot of planning and cancellations for Daniel and I to be able to organise another adventure for the two of us since our schedules are so opposite at the moment. Right now we only get Sunday's together (and we sometimes don't even get that), which is when we usually do food shopping, so it really feels like we have no time to do anything but go to work/uni and buy food.

I know that we're really lucky to live together, but it still sucks that one of us is always leaving once the other gets home. The only time we get to be together is when we're sleeping, or for a few sporadic hours here and there if I happen to finish work early and he starts a little later - if he doesn't have homework to do, that is.

Anyway, I knew from the first of August that I wanted to attend the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie's Hot Chocolate Festival, and we finally managed to go on the 20th. Daniel and I have been to the Chocolaterie two times before, and all three times have been during their Hot Chocolate Festival.

My very first adventure post back in August 2016 was of this exact event, which is why I really wanted to go again this year; to re-create that post - only with better photos this time around! Last time I took all the photos on my phone so they were all squares. The photos themselves weren't actually that bad for phone photos, but my blog deserves better.

The last two times I attended the Hot Chocolate Festival I tried the Banana Split and Mint Madness flavours. This year I tried the Hot Gaytime (which I simply ordered as "Gaytime hot chocolate", because there's no way I could look someone in the eye and ask for a "Hot Gaytime"), which boasted a honeycomb and caramel flavour. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't amazing either. 

By the time I added the second shot of melted chocolate, the caramel flavour was overpowered so it tasted like one of their regular hot chocolates. Their chocolate is so good though - even a plain hot chocolate from them trumps a special hot chocolate from someone else.

I feel like I should warn you all that a trip to the Chocolaterie is not for the faint-hearted. Granted I've only been whilst their Hot Chocolate Festival was on, which might attract more people than usual, but it is filled to the brim with customers. If you're planning on having lunch and want to sit inside, I would get there as the doors open and try to save a seat. Their outside seating area is nice though, and it's heated.

I noted this in my first post about this event as well, but I still can't believe that people bring huge baskets and fill them up with things from the shelves. Their products aren't exactly cheap, yet big families seem to buy one of everything. I swear they must save up all year long for all the things they buy!

Last year I bought a super cute mug (like that will surprise anyone), which also came with a little whisk and some chocolate, as well as a card and a gift tag because I'm a sucker for paper souvenirs. 

I also had my very first macaron at the Chocolaterie last year, and tried another one this year. I absolutely love macarons, and had so much fun when I made my own (I hope you all appreciate how much better I'm getting at making Pinterest graphics!). I'll have to try making a different flavour soon!

The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is on a big hill, and there seems to be a farm in the lot next to it. If you walk down the hill you'll find a fence with goats and a pig on the other side. They seem to know exactly what humans are for and will eat grass right out of your hands - I just hope that no one has been feeding them chocolate!

I may be just shy of 21 (ahhh!), but just the fact that a place called "Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery" exists seems pretty magical to me. It's a nice place to go for a day trip; I do recommend visiting if you live in the area. There's even a huge glass window where you can see the chocolate being made, and you can attend classes (for a fee) in there as well!


Have you ever been to a place like this before? If not, would you like to?

Until next time,
Indya xx