Get fully involved with the next Chocolate Winterfest by participating in one of the many activities on offer. See the heading below for more information and links to application forms.  Good luck!

NORTH WEST tasmania heat of the australian poetry slam 

Do you love poetry AND chocolate? Here is your chance to combine both!


The 2018 North West Tasmania Heat of the Australian Poetry Slam opens on Friday 8th June, closing at midnight Friday 20th July.  

There is no entry fee however it is only open to residents of Tasmania, which means you live here, not just ‘reside’ during a holiday!  There are no age restrictions.  

As well as entering the spoken word Slam Poetry Competition with your original poem, on any subject but read on stage in less than two minutes, you can also send in a poem that you have written and enter the free ‘Chocolate Poetry’ competition to win great chocolate prizes!  

Entries will be judged anonymously and short-listed and announced on Thursday, 2nd August.

The 2018 North West Tasmania Heat of the Australian Poetry Slam will be held from 1:00pm to 3:00pm on Sunday 12th August at the heritage listed Latrobe Independent Presbyterian Church, 7 Hamilton Street, Latrobe as part of Chocolate Winterfest, Latrobe Tasmania. 

The winner will be announced during the Slam Poetry Competition.

For further information, go to Chocolate Poetry.


Join Drysdale's students - the chefs of the future - as they indulge you in a casual, relaxed brunch comprising of multi-course culinary delights with chocolate as their inspiration.  What better way to start your Sunday!

Location: Latrobe Bowls Club, Victor Street, Latrobe (parking just there)

Cost: $25.00 per person.  Limited seating.

To book tickets, go to


Lantern Parade

A community lantern parade will be held for the 2018 festival as part of the Cement Australia Lights on Fire event on Saturday, 11 August.

Make your own lantern by downloading the Lantern Making Instructions and come along to the stage in Kings Park, off Gilbert Street, Latrobe at 5.45 pm for a 6.00 pm departure to Bells Parade via Sheean Walk.

If this distance is too long for you or you have a large lantern, meet the walking lantern parade opposite the Latrobe Mersey River Caravan Park for a 6.10 pm departure to Bells Parade.

Lanterns will be displayed amongst the trees in Bells Parade until the conclusion of the Lights on Fire activities, approximately 8.00 pm.

Free admission with food and refreshments available for purchase.

Limited lantern making kits are available for collection from the Latrobe Council office, 170 Gilbert Street, Latrobe from 13 July 2018.  


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The challenge is on to find the best -

~ decorated chocolate cake

~ yummiest chocolate brownies

Sections for Junior (Under 16) and Adult with great prizes to be won.

Brownies professionally judged and taste tested.

Decorated chocolate cake winner decided by public vote.

Winners announced at 3.00 pm.


How quickly can you consume a Chocolate Chill Sundae?  You must eat it with a spoon and have the least spillage.

Participant cost $10 per person capped at 20 participants.  Winner takes all - $200.

Registration closes at 12 noon on Sunday, 12 August but don't leave it to the last minute or you may just miss out!


Join in these Swiss Style chess games to find the ultimate chess champion.

Individual game winners will be rewarded with chocolate chess pieces along the way.  Will you be able to collect a full set?

This competition is FREE to enter however you must register between 1.30pm and 2.00pm.  Games start at 2.00pm.  

This is a Tasmanian Chess Association activity held in conjunction with Chocolate Winterfest, Latrobe.


Chocolate Wonders of Wearable Art is again part of Latrobe’s chocolate festival and you’re invited to enter.

The basis of this event formed from New Zealand’s Wonders of WearableArt, this competition challenges artists, fashion designers, crafts people or, in fact, anyone with a creative flair for the dramatic, to have fun and be innovative as they let their imaginations soar to create a wearable art costume inspired by chocolate.

There is a lot of diversification of interpretation and community spirit in the creation of entries.

Whole schools have saved their wrappers, chocolate and lollies are used and nearly every imaginable method goes in to constructing these costumes.

All costumes must be wearable and are judged on how it fits the entrant’s chocolate inspiration, the innovative use of materials, how well it is created with the major factor being how mind blowing it is, the ‘wow’ factor.

Prizes include a $500 RACT voucher and an accommodation prize at Sherwood View.

Details are available here and close on 3 August, 2018.

Garments to be delivered 10 August, 2018.


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Teams of two, blindfolded, covered with waterproof ponchos and feeding each other delectable chocolate mousse to win a $100 Chocolate Hamper (each)!

Where: in front of the Latrobe Council office, 170 Gilbert Street, Latrobe

When: Sunday, 12 August

Heats held at 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 12 noon, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm and
1:30 pm with the final at 2:00 pm

Cost: $5 per team

A Lions Club of Latrobe initiative