Chocolate Lovers Festival in Fairfax Hits the Sweet Spot

You like chocolate? I do. And so do a bunch of other people if the candy aisle at Walgreens or CVS is any indication. Or how about those varied TV commercials heralding its charm? It makes you think chocolate is synonymous with heaven.

And if you like chocolate, I mean really like it, do I have the event for you: the Chocolate Lovers Festival in Old Town Fairfax. We’ve celebrated this tasty get-together before on the blog, and we do so again because you deserve a sweet break from life’s many miseries.

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This year’s two-day festival will be held on February 7-8 (it takes place annually on the first full weekend in February). The festival is spread out all over Old Town, and the site kindly offers a rudimentary-though-functional map of venues.

Events this year include:

  • The Kiwanis Chocolate Lovers Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale on 2/7, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Besides chocolate chip (and regular) pancakes, for $7 dollars you’ll get sausage, coffee, juice or milk. Children 4-10 get in for $4; 3 and under eat for free with a paying adult, with a limit of two kids per adult.

Fire Station 3
4801 University Drive
Fairfax, Va. 22030

Chocolate Lovers Festival (Adam Fagen via Flickr)

Here comes the fudge: More than a dozen vendors will be on hand at the Taste of Chocolate event to appease your sweet tooth. Feeling ambitious? Pick up the official festival cookbook ($10) and try making your own treats. (Adam Fagen via Flickr)

  • Chocolate Challenge and Silent Auction. Taking place on both the 7th and 8th, come see “displays of chocolate cakes, cupcakes and sculptures by professionals and amateurs alike, then join the area’s most talented chefs and chocolatiers in judging the winners.” There will be celebrity judges (though ones I’ve never heard of). Admission: adults, $1; under 18, free. 2/7 hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2/8 hours: noon-4 p.m.

Nutrition Kitchen
3950 University Drive
Fairfax, Va. 22030

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  • Taste of Chocolate. The reason for the season. Your chance to purchase gobs of chocolate from area confectioners. Whether it be candy, cake, fudge or ice cream, go ahead, you can work out the next day. Check the site for a list of vendors. It’s free to view, but to taste you have to purchase $1 pogs that will be traded for merchandise. 2/7 hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., no one admitted after 4:30 p.m.; 2/8 hours: noon-4 p.m., no one admitted after 3:30 p.m.

Old Town Hall
3999 University Drive
Fairfax, Va. 22030

Those leery of excessive foot travel should look for the Chocolate Express, which will shuttle you between event locations on both days for free. Renting an apartment in Fairfax is a fine choice. Come out to the festival and have a look around.

Now, if you’ve read this entire post and clicked on that Dove Chocolate advertisement, just try and not run out to the store and buy some M&Ms or candy bars.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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