A great NZ Party or How I Fell in Love with a Chocolate Fountain

Ever since I moved to New Zealand, I have learned a lot of things, but there is one that really took me by surprise. The people here really love chocolate. They love it so much that they even have a special festival called the Chocolate Festival, where the nation’s best chocolatiers are displaying their goodies and people can buy goodies directly from them. But I am not going to talk about this festival in this post, for the simple reason that I am yet to attend such an event, and I have only heard about it. Now I want to talk to you about the first large party I attended since I have become a New Zealand resident.


New Zealand Chocolate Festival 2013

I am always happy to make new friends and meet new people, so this party was really a good opportunity to do exactly that. Besides the interesting people I met at this party, I was also impressed with the food. Before coming here, I had little to no idea what those living here, in NZ, love to eat. No specific dish could come to mind, so in a way, I can say that I was swimming in uncharted territories. After the party, however, I can say that I have learned a great deal about how well the locals know to throw a party, and I can say a few things about the great food they usually serve on such occasions.


First things first, the locals seem to be quite in love with bite size dishes and I was more than pleased with the selection. But I don’t want to go into detail about NZ food right now, because I want to tell you about the thing that really impressed me at this party. The centerpiece was a chocolate fountain in three steps on which rich, heavenly flavored chocolate was flowing in waves. I had heard before about chocolate fountains, but I had never had the opportunity to see one from up close.

At first, I was a little confused because I had no idea how I was going to have a taste of what looked like a really decadent dessert. Then I noticed what others were doing, as various items were neatly organized on plates in front of the chocolate fountain. So, I got myself some courage to try whatever they were using for dipping in chocolate. There was an assortment of pastries, fruits and cookies you could dip into the chocolate and enjoy the exquisite taste. I personally went for banana bites and strawberries, since I’ve always wanted to try such a thing.


Now I am so in love with chocolate fountains that I am planning to get one for myself. Well, not exactly for myself, since I want to use the chocolate fountain for parties I intend to organize. My decision is made and now I only need to start shopping for a nice model that will work just fine like a centerpiece.