Sweet! Fairfax Chocolate Festival Promises More Than Just Desserts
I’m betting a lot of you out there like chocolate. Chocolate candy bars, chocolate ice cream, chocolate mousse, chocolate Easter bunnies, hot chocolate, chocolate anything.
Women are supposed to have a particular jones for this sweet substance from Theobroma cacao, Latin for the cacao tree (see, you learn something new every day at ApartmentShowcase.com, even Latin). In fact, it’s said that women who regularly indulge their chocolaty sweet tooth have fulfilled sex lives.
Well, I wouldn’t know about that one, but this is the kinda stuff you always hear.
So, without further ado, I give you Chocolate Lovers Festival 2011 in Fairfax, Va. Yes, all you chocolate lovers – men, women and children – from March 5-6 you get to indulge your little hearts out. Admission is free, but many of the events charge a fee.
The Chocolate Lovers Festival gives patrons many ways to enjoy chocolate, such as the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast featuring chocolate chip pancakes; the Chocolate Challenge, which is a gallery of art and cakes made entirely of chocolate; and the main reason for any of this: the Taste of Chocolate. Here is where you get to purchase chocolate goodies from area confectioners. Indulge in fudge, cakes, candies, brownies, ice cream and who knows what else.
Again, on both days, the Taste of Chocolate is free, but to taste the goodies you’ll need to buy pogs, which cost a buck each. A list of festival vendors can be found here.
The event, which usually draws around 10,000 festival goers for the weekend, does have some star power in the guise of Warren Brown of Cake Love, and Norman R. Davis and Zane Beg of The Sweet Life, who’ll take part in a Q&A. The former was the host of “Sugar Rush” on the Food Network, while the latter two have been seen on the same network and TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off” as well. The best part may be the price: $1 for adults.
What is rather surprising is the number of events that have just a tangential relation to chocolate – or none at all. For instance, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office offers free fingerprinting for children. Or, you can listen to glass harpist Jamey Turner, who’s oddly sweet sounds will probably go pretty well with chocolate.
There’s even “The Chocolate Caper Mock Trial” put on by the Fairfax Bar Association. The trial, based on the nursery rhyme “Little Miss Muffet,” is used to explain the justice system to both kids and grown-ups.
The festival’s roots go back to 1992, making it almost old enough to drink … almost.
The Chocolate Lovers Festival Committee consists of many organizations in the City of Fairfax, including the Friends of Fairfax, who sponsor the Taste of Chocolate. The event takes place all over Old Town Fairfax, and for those with mobility issues, or those who are just plain lazy, the festival offers you the “Chocolate Express,” a free shuttle service between event locations.
And each year, the Chocolate Lovers Festival Committee spreads the sweetness around by donating a portion of the proceeds to a charitable organization in the form of a grant. This year’s winner is the Kiwanis Club of Fairfax.