Festival Fun

Live Cooking Demonstrations

Our talented Chefs once again turned up the heat with live cooking shows at the 2019 Nowra Chilli & Chocolate Festival.

Celebrity Chef Jason Roberts returns to the Chilli Chocolate Festival alongside Augustus De Hoedt, Travin De Hoedt, Esti Garcia & Rowie Dillon.

Jason Roberts

A New Zealand native who splits his time between Sydney and New York City, Jason Roberts is an internationally known chef, author, television personality, brand ambassador, fitness enthusiast, and gluten-free lifestyle advocate.

Augustus De Hoedt

A culinary specialist, with an innovative approach and gastronomic experience. 35+ years of managing kitchens, developing impressive menus and creating dishes which influence modern invention. Best known for being an all-rounder in International and Asian Cuisine, themed promotions, Master Class and exotic food preparations. Continuously striving to provide excellence and creating new dishes with calm attitude within the journey of food.

Esti Garcia

Esti Garcia is a Sydney-based Award-winning chocolatier and pâtissier who is introducing Colombian-inspired artisan chocolate bon bons that are bursting with colour and flavour. Made with single origin ‘fino de aroma’ Chocolate from Luker. A Colombian company who uses this rare variety of cacao. 

Esti worked at numerous high end establishments in Sydney including est., Rockpool Bar & Grill and the Porteño group. He Spent time in Spain and France in restaurants such as Azurmendi, a 3 Michelin-starred restaurant in the Basque country of Spain and Bubo Patisserie in Barcelona, Trained at world class schools from L’ecole du grand chocolat Valrhona in France and Melissa Coppel school in Las Vegas. 

In 2018 Esti won the category of the best plated dessert in the Australian competition ‘Savour Patissier of the Year’ .

Esti (short for Esteban) launched his own brand and small business last year with a vision to do something very different – bring a rich and tropical Colombian twist to fine artisan chocolates, full flavoured cakes and spreads.

If you would like to try some fabulous recipes at home, please visit Recipes

Children’s Cooking Class with Rowie Dillon

Introducing Rowie Dillon – Gluten Free Chef Extraordinaire – Author of “Power of Flour”

Indulge, Enjoy & Stay Healthy 

Rowie created magic with the kids at this year’s festival with a cooking demonstration to increase engagement among children & families.

Kids cooked their lunch as well as a cake to take home in the marquee. All participants received a goodie bag to take home & name tag.

All proceeds went to Westmead Children’s Hospital.

Did someone say Chilli.  Eating.  Competition??

In 2019 fifteen brave entrants tested their courage and taste buds by entering the Chilli Eating Competition – and they did not disappoint! Competing in multiple rounds from jalapenos, red cayenne, thai green to habanero chillies with nothing but some milk, cucumber and water to help it go down! Each round the chillies got hotter as the number of entrants dwindled. With only a few left in the final round, tears were shed by some and the bucket close by for another.

Thank you to the brave entrants and a big congratulations to our Winner yet again – Benjamin!

The newest addition to the 2019 Chilli & Chocolate Festival was the Chocolate Eating Competition. 10 sweet tooths entered our inaugural contest in which they had to tackle 1kg of chocolate in a matter of minutes. The goal was to eat as much as possible in the allocated time, with the remaining being weighed to determine the winner. It was extremely close with third place going to Nathan who consumed 277 grams, second to Sean eating 287 grams and our winner Brooke Timbs managing to eat 297 grams!

Thank you and congratulations to all those who participated!

Live Entertainment

The Con Artists had us all movin’ and groovin’ again as they weaved in and out of the crowds! Their energetic and colourful street performance was a great addition to the 2019 Nowra Chilli & Chocolate Festival, really adding to the atmosphere and entertaining the crowd. Thank you for once again participating in our festival!

Last year’s fun