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The Rocks Aroma Festival 2014

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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A month of indulgence for coffee and festival lovers
This year the Aroma Festival in the Rocks is more than just one weekend. It has been extended to most of the month of July, with workshops as well as all the coffee tastings and stalls you've come to expect.

The workshops start from as little as $15, where you can learn about coffee's journey from the bean to chocolate bar, and up to $165 for coffee roasting demystified. I'm more into art so the latte art with ASCA at $20 per person sounds good to me. All workshops are held in the one place at 8 Atherden Street in The Rocks and details of times and dates can be found here.

The Rocks Aroma Festival 2014 latte art
Enjoy Latte art. Photo courtesy of

If you don't have time for a workshop during the week then the main event of this festival is on the last day, Sunday 27th July. Simply taste some different brews whilst listening to music flowing around you and soak up the winter sun. There's also a coffee garden you can watch grow in The Rocks Square and a coffee cup sculpture to which you can add your story. Sounds different and has peaked my interest.

The Rocks Aroma Festival coffee garden
See the coffee garden growing with coffee and bush tucker plants. Photo courtesy of

The streets will be overflowing with food trucks, pop-up bars and cafes, a domestic coffee machine expo, a specialty coffee lab, latte art competitions, and even workshops for the kids. Something for everyone.

Like winning? There is $3000 worth of prizes up for grabs and all you have to do is vote for your favourite brew in the Aroma Cup. A Breville Oracle Espresso Machine is among the prizes. There are 13 competitors from the Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe to the Harbour Rocks Hotel serving various brands and blends of coffee.

Amidst all this coffee aroma, the weekend markets will also be open as per usual to explore all on offer from handmade jewellery to photography and unique souvenirs.

The Rocks markets
Jewellery and wire art at the markets, and much more

It all smells good to me.
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Why? Because you love coffee and festivals
When: Various times for workshops, main event 27 Jul from 10am - 5pm
Where: The Rocks
Cost: Varies (see website)
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