Dunedin Chocolate Carnival

Each year, New Zealand hosts the Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival, a massive community event that celebrates the delectable dessert made from the cacao bean. Held in the beautiful city of Dunedin the event features more than 50 cocoa-centric activities spanning seven days.

An opening ceremony, which includes activities like chocolate sampling and demonstrations of how to temper this tasty treat, kicks off the event. At any time, you can get a chocolate facial, decorate your own sweets and create a painting out of confection. But make sure to take some time for these popular events:

Crunchie Train

The Crunchie Train is an interactive event lets guests dress up in their best gumshoe attire, board the Crunchie Gold Rush Train and hunt out a stolen treasure. The fictional treasure, which belongs to Cadbury, was purportedly taken by thieves who hid it in a secret spot between Dunedin and Middlemarch. It’s your job to help find the valuable items and return them to the Cadbury factory.


On your adventure, you’ll come across suspicious characters and exciting surprises that keep the narrative flowing, and storytellers will be there to entertain you with elaborate tales.

Cadbury Couture Fashion Show

The Cadbury Couture Fashion Show features apparel by nearly 20 different designers, but these aren’t the types of garments you’d see in a store - they’re made from chocolate wrappers. There are two contest categories: an open-to-all competition and a fashion student competition. Runway models display these unique creations on the catwalk, and judges select which ones are worthy of a prize. Finalists get to showcase their designs in the closing Cadbury Couture runway show.

Jaffa Race

The carnival started holding Jaffa Races in 2000 and it has since become the main event. On the world’s steepest road, Baldwin Street (it’s been recognized by the Guinness Book of Records), up to 25,000 small, round Jaffa sweets are allowed to tumble down the path to the finish line. The first five Jaffas to complete the race win.


Each candy is numbered, and the lucky person holding the corresponding ticket with the same number wins. Every year, a portion of the proceeds from this race go to charity, and it’s donated more than half a million dollars since the race’s inception. In 2013, for instance, the carnival raised funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Parents Centre.


Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of 30th August 2013.

Photo courtesy of Samuel Mann

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