Thursday, April 1, 2010

Faifax Chocolate Lover's Festival

So this post is a little out of date, but as I was looking through my food pics for today's blog, I just couldn't help myself. The first weekend in March was warmish, sunny and free for us so we decided to check out the Fairfax Chocolate Lover's Festival, and let me tell you, it was a chocolate extravaganza. The event coordinated merchants, restaurants, and confectioners in downtown Fairfax, but we only got to two of the events.

The first and most extravagant was the "Taste of Chocolate" in the Old Town Hall, a beautiful building just bursting with people and treats. We smushed our way through and gathered a bag full of loot: chocolate covered strawberries, fudge, a chocolate covered pretzel, and some red velvet cake. Alas, or perhaps thank goodness, these treats were not free, you paid for tokens which were then handed to the vendors.

We continued upstairs, were the person to chocolate ratio was a bit better and we could bask in the glory of the chocolate fountain. I've tried some gross chocolate fountains in the past, but this one managed to create a waterfall-effect without watering down the chocolate. We also tasted some chocolate covered potato chips and subsequently bought an entire bag.

Finally, we ended the day with a look at some of the chocolate cake creations at the Chocolate Challenge. this one was by far the most sophisticated.

But this version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was definitley my sentimental favorite. Can you make out the little Oompa-Loompas???? Awesome.
This event is definitely something to keep on your radar for next year, usually around Valentine's Day, barring another snowpocalypse.

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