The festival proper runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and is more family-oriented. Attractions include a Mothers Day gift market; a Carnaval du Chocolat with a bounce house, clowns and games; a pudding-eating contest; and a chocolatier championship. Chocolate therapist Julie Pech will be on hand to teach the sweet-toothed masses about chocolate and wine pairings, and actress Denise Nickerson, who played Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, will be signing autographs. This is probably, definitely the most chocolate that theres ever been in one place in Denver before, Cain says. Theres more festival this year, with more chocolate, more wine on Friday night and more fun!
Admission to tonights gala, which goes from 7 to 10 p.m., is $12; tomorrows entry fee is $7, $3 for kids ages five to twelve, and free for those under five. The festival is at the Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 East 58th Avenue at I-25. For more information, visit www.chocolate-festival.org or call 303-347-8252.
Fri., May 8, 7-10 p.m.; Sat., May 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2009