I am so excited to announce that The Chocolate Bar is heading to Auckland for a week-long pop-up event.This celebration of the world’s finest bean-to-bar chocolate will take place at Ponsonby Central, Shop 4D. As well as a pop-up shop that runs Monday to Sunday, there will be multiple tasting events and talks, collaborations with local food producers and the launch of a brand new chocolate maker, Foundry Chocolate. The aim of this event is to help spread the word of the small but emerging craft chocolate industry, and to introduce more Aucklanders to the true potential of fine chocolate. The pop-up shop will feature the largest collection of NZ bean-to-bar chocolate that has ever been in one place, as well as a beautifully curated collection of rare and exclusive bars from the world’s finest chocolate makers.From Monday to Thursday there will be ticketed evening tasting sessions, including a coffee and chocolate tasting with Eighthirty Coffee, a tea and chocolate tasting with Fine & Dandy Tea Co., a soda and chocolate tasting with Six Barrel Soda, and a tasting session focussing specifically on NZ Craft Chocolate. There will also be free talks about craft chocolate every lunchtime for the whole week, plus an opportunity to meet Auckland-based chocolate maker Tania Lincoln - aka Flint Chocolate - on the Sunday afternoon. On the Saturday night there will be a tasting premiere of the newest edition to the NZ craft chocolate scene, Foundry Chocolate. This will be an exclusive opportunity to sample Foundry Chocolate’s first four micro-batch, limited edition releases with the chocolate maker himself.Tickets to the evening tasting events are available now for $25 each. Spaces are very limited, so be sure to grab yours early if you’re keen.Be sure to register your interest on the Facebook event if you’d like to keep up-to-date with all the plans. I can’t wait to come and meet more of our Auckland-based customers in person!This event is sponsored by Eighthirty Coffee, Antipodes Sparkling Water, Six Barrel Soda Co. and The Chocolate and Coffee Show.