The Festival of Chocolate Returns to Orlando in April

Say the word chocolate and most everybody with a taste bud will suddenly pay attention.

And now that I have yours, I’d like to inform you that this year’s installment of the popular Festival of Chocolate event will take place the weekend of April 27 through 29, 2012.

Last year it was held at the Orlando Science Center, but this year it’s being held across town at the UCF Arena. This is good, as hopefully it’ll invite more vendors to participate.

In addition to tasty chocolate creations to purchase, there will bedemonstrations by world renowned pastry chefs, a Cocoa Coutoure Fashion Show, chocolate and wine pairings, hands-on classes, a one-of-a-kind chocolate museum, Kids-4-Chocolate workshop, crazy chocolate contests for adults and children, the chocolate game show stage, and live professional competitions.

Daily ticket prices are $15 for adults and $9 for kids. The event runs 4-10pm on Friday; 10am-6pm on Saturday; and 10am-5pm on Sunday.

For tickets, class registration and schedule of events, visit festivalofchocolate.com.

Festival of Chocolate is Delicious Fun

Being the foodies that we are, my roommate and I couldn’t pass up a chance to check out the Festival of Chocolate at the Orlando Science Center this weekend.

We first checked out some of the learning areas – displays with information on the history of chocolate and how it’s made. There were also opportunities to make your own chocolate jewelry and lip balm, and other kid-friendly crafts. Those cost coins, though, so I passed on doing it.

Coins, you see, were the currency of choice for this event. Gold coins to be precise. They had stations set up around the OSC where you could exchange dollars for coins, on a one-to-one basis. I suppose it made it easier for the vendors, since they didn’t have to keep change boxes on hand.

Up on the third and fourth floors is where we found the actual chocolate vendors. And not just chocolate itself, but chocolate-covered, chocolate-flavored, chocolate-dipped – you name it, it was probably there. Chocolate ice cream, chocolate-flavored cotton candy, chocolate-covered worms (yeah, I passed on that one), and even chocolate in the shape of dog poop (no, I’m not making that up)…all just waiting to be bought and eaten.

We did the rounds of all the vendors, then decided what we would buy.

We got some chocolate-covered grahams, marshmallows, and shortbread cookies. We also bought some chocolate and coconut cupcakes and a liquid chocolate shooter. All-in-all, we spent 15 coins and walked out with a bag of goodies to last us the rest of the week. Most were only 1 to 2 coins.

There were also chocolate demonstrations and eating contests, but we missed most of them by the time we got there. It would’ve been nice if they would have run an hour or two later.

But the event definitely enticed a lot of people to attend. There was probably twice the crowd for this event as there was for January’s Otronicon weekend at the Orlando Science Center.

This is the second year of the event, and it runs through today. Judging by the attendance, I think it’s safe to say it will be back next year, as well.

A definite two-thumbs up and some happy taste buds, for the Festival of Chocolate.

Here’s some more photos from the event: Read more

It’s Time for The Festival of Chocolate at Orlando Science Center

I know, I had you at “festival of chocolate,” didn’t I?

It’s true. The Orlando Science Center is once again dedicating a whole weekend to that luscious culinary delight known as chocolate.

This Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6, The Festival of Chocolate will be returning for a second year to tempt the taste buds and brains of those attending.

Try your luck at chocolate trivia, design unique chocolate crafts, or just purchase a variety of chocolate confections to taste test.

While there’s a lot for the children to do, including learning how the cacao bean becomes the chocolate they know and love, there is plenty for adults to do, as well.

There are even chocolate classes taught by some of Orlando’s elite pastry chefs. Spots are available on a first come basis.

Of course, there’s plenty of chocolate to just eat, including truffles, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, pastry, crepes, chocolate drinks and even chocolate spa treatments. Some of the best chocolatiers in Central Florida will be on hand, including Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Farris & Foster, Cupcake Crazy and Schakolad Chocolate Factory.

Entrance to The Festival of Chocolate is included with general admission to the Orlando Science Center. Admission is $17 for adults, $12 for kids ages 3-11, and free for OSC members. Hours for the festival are 10am to 7pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

The Orlando Science Center is located at 777 East Princeton Street. For more information, call 407-514-2000.

Here’s a short video ad for the festival to whet your appetite:

[Brownie Photo by Ilker]

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