The Rocks Aroma Festival

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Country and Region AustraliaNew South Wales
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Festival Contact Information

Mailing address:
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
P. O. Box N408

Physical address:
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
Level 6, 66 Harrington Street
Phone: +61 2 9240 8500
Fax: +61 2 9240 8899
Office Hours: 8:00am-6:00pm, Monday-Friday

Festival Description

This winter-warmer is for coffee lovers! Head to The Rocks and romance the bean at the annual Aroma Festival. Presented by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, The Rocks Aroma Festival is one of the most popular winter events in town, catering to the noses and palates of Sydney’s discerning coffee drinkers from only $2 a cup! With around 25 coffee stalls and assorted accompanying treats located throughout The Rocks, Aroma Festival is a coffee lover’s paradise.

Sample and compare brews from the nation’s finest artisan roasters while wandering the cobblestoned alleyways of Sydney’s charming heritage quarter. Immerse yourself in the scent of freshly ground coffee and a relaxed village ambience with FREE live entertainment at First Fleet Park, Campbells Cove and the Overseas Passenger Terminal, as well as other minstrels wandering the precinct.

For some Middle Eastern flair head to Campbells Cove, where the world’s oldest coffee brewing methods, dating back to the 16th century Ottoman Empire, will serve up a strong, thick and flavoursome Arabian brew amidst the sights, sounds and smells of belly dancers, Middle Eastern musicians and hookah pipes.

Festival Dates July 21, 2013
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Festival Story:

The Rocks was home to Australia’s first coffee, chocolate and spice traders. The Bushells Tea warehouse at The Rocks, erected in 1925, was the first purpose built tea production store in the country. The Andronicus brothers established Australia’s first chocolate shop and coffee roasting business in 1904, roasting 90kg of coffee every day from their store at George Street, The Rocks. The Rocks Aroma Festival is presented by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.


Festival Events:

Programming 2013:
  • This year also marks the return of the popular, internationally-acclaimed Aroma Festival coffee mosaic — a unique, large-scale artwork made entirely from coffee. Past portraits have included Marilyn Monroe and the Mona Lisa. Who will it be in 2013? Grab a cuppa, head to the Overseas Passenger Terminal and watch this caffeinated masterpiece take shape before your eyes. Whether you’re a serious coffee maker or just a curious connoisseur, the Coffee Machine Expo on the MCA lawn will bring out your inner-barista with the latest coffee-making machinery on display and some handy tips from the professionals who drive them. Aroma Festival is a celebration of coffee and café culture like no other, so mark Sunday 21 July in your diary and follow your nose to The Rocks!
    • Which AUSSIE ICON will be honoured in a giant coffee mosaic using over 8,000 cups of coffee? Aiming to break the coffee mosaic world record!
    • Cadman’s Cottage - gourmet, speciality and organic brews perfectly complemented by famous French pastries.
    • Campbells Cove - Middle Eastern coffee corner where you can explore these fascinating Arabian brewing methods among belly dancers and traditional music.
    • First Fleet Park –Think handmade, boutique, traditional and Fairtrade from family-run businesses and micro-roasters.
    • George Street - Follow your nose along the length of George Street for a smorgasbord of speciality roasters, wickedly good chocolatiers and pâtissiers, creative cupcake bakers and tea aficionados.
    • MCA Lawn – Domestic Coffee Machine Expo - Discover the key to brewing artful coffee at home
    • Overseas Passenger Terminal Forecourt - The place where Sydney meets Paris meets Rome. Experience the best of cafe culture and street entertainment with a harbourside, open air Sydney twist.
    • The Rocks Square - Soak up something a little bit special with exquisitely artful chocolate and hand-crafted artisan coffee on show.
    • Circular Quay West – Food trucks corner


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