All he did was put it out there on Facebook and tell the world that the grand opening of his new Chocolate Factory at West Gosford would be opening on the weekend in late July and the people just turned up – 7,000 of them over two days!
In one weekend Andrew Yiasemides’ has created an iconic tourist attraction for the Central Coast with Factory Tours, Chocolate Workshops including Junior Workshops for kids, a European style Café Patisserie, a Retail Store selling every type of top quality chocolate and confectionary that equals any in the world including those he makes in the Chocolate Factory.
The world-renowned producer of Australian made confectionary products; Bon Bon Fine Chocolate, Nougat Limar and The Sydney Marshmallow Co in Jusfrute Drive, West Gosford couldn’t believe how successful this new addition to his business would be.
“I want this to be a place where you can feel like a kid again, escape reality and indulge in the sweeter things in life. The Factory will bring a new place to meet up for a coffee, spend quality family time together and learn about the wonderful world of chocolate,” he said.
Mr Yiasemides relocated his factory to West Gosford in 2008 but Bon Bon Fine Chocolate was born in Double Bay in Sydney in 1982, as an exclusive boutique supplier of handmade chocolates. Bon Bon was loved by many customers, with one of them Mr Yiasemides, eventually becoming the owner, taking over the business in 2002.
Unable to find the perfect Nougat for his shops Mr Yiasemides learned how to make it in his home kitchen and create the perfect Nougat. When it was finally introduced to the public through Bon Bon Fine Chocolate shops it was quickly picked up by Food writer and critic Mr John Newton who said Andrew’s Nougat was the best Australian Nougat he’d ever tried. He named this delicious product “Nougat Limar” and its popularity was instant. It is now available Australia wide, exported to New Zealand, USA, Canada, Europe and Asia.
With one of the most exclusive ranges of hand-made chocolates in the country, The Factory retail store is a trove of indulgence, and with a gourmet patisserie, professional baristas, activities and experiences, The Factory is set to become a must-stop destination for travellers and tourists