Here’s some news that should melt the hearts of chocolate lovers everywhere: The National Chocolate Show and Chicago Fine Chocolate Show will take place on Friday, November 16 through Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Chicago’s Navy Pier. While the National Chocolate Show is a trade event open to members of the confections industry, the Chicago Fine Chocolate Show is open to the general public, which means you can attend.
The Windy City was a natural choice for the shows, as the epicenter of the confection industry, with companies like Fannie May (not to be confused with mortgage company Fannie Mae), Blommer Chocolate Company, and World’s Finest Chocolates being housed there. At the affordable price of $25 for adults and $10 for children, guests can enjoy some sweet treats while learning more about the craft of fine chocolate. There will also be opportunities for finding unique gifts– for others and yourself, of course– just in time for the upcoming holidays. The Chicago Fine Chocolate Show also provides a retail platform for rising artisan chocolatiers and pastry chefs to gain exposure during the prime holiday gift season.
Here are a few highlights of what attendees can expect at both The National Chocolate Show and Chicago Fine Chocolate Show:
- Targeted buyers of chocolate products and services from specialty grocers, restaurants, bakeries, gift shop owners, caterers–just to name a few!
- Discussions with industry leaders for the advancement of the chocolate industry through empowering conference programming.
- The pastry and culinary elite will showcase their innovative skill and the latest trends in chocolate in the show’s demonstration area.
- The Fine Artisanal Chocolate Area will feature handmade, small batch chocolate bars, truffles, and bonbons. Other chocolate sweets include salted caramels, panned nuts and fruits, and macarons.
- Numerous programs, such as learning how to pair and taste the nuances of fine chocolate with wine, beer, spirits, coffee, and tea. Clay Gordon of The Chocolate Life will be on hand as a chocolate tasting expert.
Many other events await. For more information, visit www.chicagochocolatefestival.com.