The nation’s capital is greeting a legion of chocolate aficionados this weekend.
The New Zealand Chocolate Festival kicked off in Wellington today and will run until Sunday at the Hotel InterContinental in the city centre.
Almost 4000 chocoholics are expected to attend the event which will use more than one and a half tonnes of the sweet stuff during the exhibition.
Director of the event Frank Stoltenberg said chocolate revelers will have the opportunity to watch expert chefs and chocolatiers create incredible dishes while sampling the works of 35 different exhibitors.
"Our chefs will prepare gallons of creamy chocolate ganache, which factory visitors will get to shape with their own hands into one of the oldest known types of chocolate indulgences - the classic chocolate truffle,'' Mr Stoltenberg said.
It’s no secret that Kiwis like their chocolate, but Swiss master chocolatier Rene Fellmann, who will be attending the event, says there is nothing wrong with the confectionary, as long as it is eaten in moderation.
"If chocolate is consumed in moderation, as a treat, it will never interfere with body shape but just give you a happy lifestyle,” he said.