The Rocks Aroma Festival 2010

The Rocks Aroma Festival 2010The Rocks Aroma Festival 2010 promised visitors the experience of the world through taste sensations. With four corners of the globe showcasing coffee, tea, chocolate and food, Sydneysiders descended to the historic Rocks area of Sydney where the event spilled onto the harbour foreshores.

What it also served was a good dose of patience.

The event was so popular that queues formed and snaked around to get close to the stalls. People lined up patiently for a dose of caffeine, food or a chance to try a free sample while others gave up and moved along.

The highlight of the festival was located near the Ocean Passengers Terminal. Cups of coffee in a variety of liquid colours were arranged to form a picture of Marilyn Monroe in “Some like it hot”. From the ground level, the image was merely invisible while the view from the top showed it in detail.

The festival was divided into four sections:

The Latin Quarter – with Latin American rhythms, Guatemalan coffee, capoera dancers
The Continent – with a focus on Europe with Italian coffees, chocolates, olives and antipasti.
The Orient – with a range of herbal teas, coffees and chai, blended with spices and a dragon show performance
The Oasis – featuring Turkish coffee and sweets, performances, belly dancing and shoe shine with the highlight being camel rides along Sydney Harbour.

The rest of the story is told in the photo gallery below. Thank you to everyone who posed or smiled at our cameras.

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A sea of people on a gorgeous winter day.

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A kiss at the Continent – One way to pass the time when queuing up for coffee.

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Crowd view from the top

The Food

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Beautiful displays from Naked Berry

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Tea Drop Tea in colourful packaging

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Do you Voodoo bars?

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The teastick for those who don’t like to jiggle.

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Sweet temptations from Bacco Pasticceria

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Sad looking macarons from Bacco Pasticceria

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A very popular stand at Sparkle Cupcakery Sydney

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Islands of cup cakes

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Vibrant stand from Segafredo coffee

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Olives and cheese specials

Coffee Art

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Can you pick the pattern?

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Almost…

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Marilyn in coffee cups

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Some Like It Hot

The Oasis

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The Oasis under Sydney Harbour

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Turkish sweets – it’s not all Turkish delight

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Mehmet Efendi Turkish coffee

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Turkish coffee and baklava stand

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A good Turkish coffee has a sediment this thick.

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Coffee cup readings by Psychic Deniz

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Thank you for the lovely smile.

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The Gozleme stall is an example of efficiency. Spinach and cheese gozleme.

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Shoe shine, anyone?

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Traditional show shine box

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Derwich and show shine

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Performers and a belly dancer

Camels on Sydney Harbour

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Camel rides and the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Camels in front of the Sydney Opera House

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Silhouetted

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The camel and the opera

The Entertainment

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Turkish band performing songs from Turkey and Persia at the Oasis.

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The band at the Continent

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The accordionist at the Continent

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The dancer at the Continent

 

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Dragon dancers at the Orient

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The ensemble at the Latin Quarter

People Watching

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Food art and the artist

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Proof that we are a coffee loving city.

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The Rocks Aroma Festival was held on Sunday 25 July 2010.

Other reviews of the Rocks Aroma Festival: 2012, 2011

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Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

19 Comments:

  1. What a fun event! Those macarons do look very sad though :-(

    • It was a lot of fun, particularly at the Oasis end with the Turkish food and entertainment. I think the macarons didn’t enjoy their day out!

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  3. I love this kind of event. I saw the Marilyn Monroe piece on the local news here in NZ last night, pretty cool! Wellington has its own food festival coming up, but nothing like what I’ve seen here. Looks like a great day

    • Ant, they did the Mona Lisa last year but I missed it. The Wellington Food festival sounds interesting to me, particularly if they showcase traditional Maori food ad cuisine.

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  5. I haven’t been to the Aroma festival for a few years now but I always like seeing the coffee art! :)

  6. I can see why so many people went to this, it looks fabulous and that coffee art!! What a creative way, I’ve seen toast art but this one is better. Would like to have tasted some of those teas. Great post!

    • Thanks Cate :) It was a great turnout, and judging by the amount of coffee and food sold, the stall holders must be happy!

  7. Did they read your fortune from the left over Turkish coffee grinds? Very common in Turkish households – and supposedly the best “fal” or fortune readers are old ladies. The older the lady, the more accurate the fortune, it is said.

    • It would have been fun to do it but there was a long queue. The guy seemed to be concentrating hard and I didn’t want to disturb the moment too much by taking too many photographs. No old ladies, but the women working at the gozleme stand were amazing to watch!

  8. Looks delicious, good to see people branched out from last year’s cupcakes or this year’s macarons.

    Ouch that sounded catty didn’t it, just sayin’…

    • It’s not catty, just a good observation. Though there were lots of cup cakes around. Not being a fan, I got bored photographing them!

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