The City of Unley's annual event Double Shot Coffee Fiesta is back this weekend and to celebrate, I was fortunate enough to be able to score an interview with Carly Hemus (Event Management Specialist):
Tema: Who are the faces behind Double Shot Coffee Fiesta (DSCF)? Carly: The City of Unley's Double Shot Coffee Fiesta is organised by Council's event management team, myself (Carly Hemus) and Marcia Mudge.
Tema: How did the City of Unley decide to dedicate a whole festival towards coffee? Carly: The DSCF was born by a desire to get involved with the Adelaide Fringe in a way that would celebrate Unley's cafe culture. Despite the growing specialty coffee industry in SA, there was no other coffee event in Adelaide. Following two years of soaring temperatures in Mad March (which doesn't always go hand in hand with coffee), we decided to move the event to November. Since then, we have been blessed with perfect weather and it looks like this Sunday will continue the trend!
Tema: How do you decide on what roasters / baristas / coffee-based businesses to include as part of this festival? Carly: We usually start local and then send an open invitation out to the specialty coffee industry. We receive far more applications than we can accommodate, so we aim to curate a program that has the best balance of cafes, roasters, suppliers and baristas.
Tema: How many years has DSCF been held and how do you think the festival has evolved over the last x number of years? Carly: Over the past five years, we have built up the Fiesta to become one of the most respected events on the Australian coffee calendar; from both an industry and community level. The event is a celebration of all things coffee and we are proud be showcasing Australia's greatest coffee talent here in Unley.
Tema: What are you hoping for visitors to experience, when attending DSCF? Carly: Visitors will enjoy a fun-filled caffeinated day out, where they will get to taste a variety of different coffee from some of our best roasters while also learning more about how their coffee is made and where it comes from. We're hosting a variety of educational presentations and demonstrations covering topics such as roasting, latest industry technology, and how to get more from your daily coffee. Renowned coffee educator Dr Nicole Motteux and some of Australia's finest roasters will lead the stage line-up.
Tema: What are some fun activities that the family can look forward to, when attending DSCF? Carly: We will have some great coffee craft, free face painting and other fun activities for kids. The main stage will be pumping with an awesome line-up of local musicians, including well-known world folk band The Coconut Kids.
Tema: What is the food and drink line up looking like this year? Carly: The event will feature many of Adelaide's most recognisable names in coffee, including popular roasters Dawn Patrol, Patio and SOHO. SOHO Coffee Roasters is partnering with Hains & Co to deliver our most spectacular bar yet. They'll be serving up a range of coffee cocktails, including espresso martinis (of course)! We'll also have an amazing array of delicious sweet and savoury food, including Greek doughnuts from Lukoumades Australia, French pastries from Gateaux 259, slow-cooked meat dishes from CAROclub, arancini balls from Grasso and wraps and smoothies from Natures Providore.
Tema: Is there anything else that you'd like your customers / our readers to know about DSCF? Carly: Across the road in the Unley Town Hall, SA and WA's top baristas will battle it out at the Australian Specialty Coffee Association's Western Region State Championships. The championships are a unique opportunity to witness the best in the business demonstrate their incredible coffee knowledge, superb technical skills and artistic talent. The City of Unley is thrilled to be hosting the championships again as part of this year's festival. The winners go on to compete at the National Championships for their chance to represent Australia on the world stage, so there's a lot at stake and it's exciting to watch. Don't miss the Latte Art Smackdown on the industry stage from 2pm. Watch amateurs and baristas go head to head over three rounds showing off their latte art skills.