A chocolate festival is a thing of beauty. And yes, it is just what is sounds like: an event dedicated solely to the celebration of chocolate.
Chocolate festivals are common in America and can eve be found around the world. They are sometimes used as venues for other purposes such as to raise money for a specific cause, to bring attention to a cause or foundation, or to promote tourism. But at the heart of it all, they are about the chocolate. From milk to dark, from fudge to brownies, chocolate reigns supreme at these fun events.
Great Chocolate Festivals To Visit
Nothing celebrates chocolate better than a chocolate festival. If you get the chance, try visiting one of the great chocolate festivals held annually in these cities across the USA:
Burlington Chocolate Festival, Burlington, WI (currently the largest chocolate festival in America)
Austin Chocolate Festival, Austin, TX
Albuquerque Chocolate Festival, Albuquerque, NM
California Chocolate Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Chocolate Fest Chicago, Chicago, IL
Colorado Chocolate Festival, Denver, CO
International Chocolate Show, New York, NY
Carolina Chocolate Festival, Swansboro, NC
Kona Chocolate Festival, Kona, HI
Pennsylvania Chocolate Festival, Philadelphia, PE
Oregon Chocolate Festival, Ashland, OR
Chocolate Festival, Burlington, VE
Chocolate Lovers' Festival, Fairfax, VI
Love Chocolate, Will Travel: Chocolate Festival in Germany
One of the biggest and best chocolate festivals is held in Germany every year, at the beginning of the holiday season. It is called celebrated in Tübingen, a traditional university town in the southwest of Germany. If you have a true love of chocolate, this is the festival for you! While in Tubingen you can catch the pre-Christmas mood so typcial in Germany (where Christmas markets are traditional) and try a multitude of chocolates. Visit the open-air market in the Old Town, which offers chocolate delicacies from around the world, and indulge in mouthwatering activities like chocolate-making classes, chocolate massages, tasting sessions, and chocolate art exhibitions. The next Tubingen chocolate festival will be held November 30 - December 5, 2010 in Tubingen, Germany.
Love Chocolate, Will Travel: Perugia EuroChocolate Festival in Italy
Pergia, Italy (home of the famous Bacci chocolates) is the self-described "chocolate capital of Europe". Chocolate is traditional in Northern Italy, and they certainly do it right. if you can only go abroad for one chocolate festival, this should be the one. The huge EuroChocolate event is held every October in Perugia and takes up the cities markets and piazzas. The Eurochocolate festival of Perugia 2009 has its core center in the historic center of the city, from Rocca Paolina up to the squares and the internal areas: Carducci Gardens, Piazza Italia, Piazza della Repubblica, Corso Vannucci, Via Mazzini, Via Fani, The Terrace of the Covered Market, and Piazza November IVth. For 10 days the town is transformed into a huge open-air pastry-shop for the delight of all the greedy persons and the slaves of cacao. (That's us!) The next EuroChocolate Festival will be held October 15-24, 2010 in Perugia, Italy.
How To Hold Your Own Chocolate Festival
Can't get to a chocolate festival? Don't let that stop you. Plenty of people who are unable to attend a chocolate festival decide to host their own chocolate celebration. Simply invite friends and family to the home and provide them with a variety of chocolate-themed activities. An evening of sweet chocolate, games, and other entertainment will help every chocolate-lover in a person's social circle develop their love for chocolate. Baking chocolate chip cookies, making brownies, hand-dipping fresh strawberries and dried apricots or pretzels - all of these are simple yet fun activities for a chocolate festival.
At Cocopotamus, we offer bulk party chocolate which is popular for parties and events including such informal chocolate festivals or gatherings. With a choice of 5 flavors of our handmade dark chocolate fudge truffles, people are able to offer an array of fun tastes for sampling and comparison. They sometimes do informal reviews (some kids even posted their You Tube documentary about it!) or vote on their favorite flavor of Cocopotamus fudge truffles.