Reaction to the first-ever Colorado Chocolate Festival has been so over-the-top that event organizer Dana Cain has already booked the Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 East 58th Avenue, through 2011. Starting tonight at 7 p.m. and continuing tomorrow at 10 a.m., the fest includes all things sweet and sinful for people of all ages.
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"Friday night is kind of like party night," explains Cain. "We've got the Denver Jazz Quartet playing all evening. And then Saturday is more like family day: The bar goes away, and in come the Bounce House and face painting." Events range from chocolate-and-wine pairings to no-hands pudding eating, chocolate martinis, chocolate vendors (with free samples!), a Chocolate Queen competition, live cooking demos, a state-fair-style "Fudge Off!" and presentations by special guests such as chocolate therapist Julie Pech.
Tickets are $10 on Friday and $5 on Saturday ($2 for kids twelve and under). For details, call 303-347-8252 or go to www.chocolate-festival.org.
Fri., May 9, 7-10 p.m.; Sat., May 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2008