Kennett Chocolate Festival set to whet cravings

Popular fund-raiser for United Way will be held Feb. 9 at Kennett High

Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 5.13.39 PMAttention chocoholics: The Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival is seeking creators as well as cravers for its popular fund-raiser.

Those who have a coveted chocolate cake, candy, cupcake, brownie, or cookie recipe can compete for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights. The competition is open to professionals, amateurs and students ages 12 and up. Entry forms are due Jan. 31; entries must be delivered the morning of the festival, which will be held Sunday, Feb. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Kennett High School.

In 2013, nearly 200 entries were judged before the doors opened to the public, organizers said. Contestants compete in specific categories; there is no fee to enter.

After the judging, the doors open to those who want to savor the creations. A $5 admission fee includes six tastings; additional tastings are available for purchase.

Those who can’t have too much chocolate may want to avail themselves of a decadent prelude to the fund-raiser: Salon du Chocolat on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

An exclusive benefit held at the home of State Rep. Chris Ross and his wife Cecilia, Salon du Chocolat will feature artisan chocolates made by local chocolatiers paired with fine wines from Borderland Vineyard, Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery, Grace Winery, and Paradocx Vineyard; plus a beer garden featuring craft beers from Victory Brewing Company; live music by Skip Barthold; and more. Tickets are $75 per person or $125 per couple, and space is limited.

Proceeds benefit the programs the United Way supports in the region. For more information on either event, entry forms or purchasing tickets, visit www.kennettchocolate.org.

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Tags: Borderland Vineyard, Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery, Grace Winery, Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival, Salon du Chocolat, Skip Barthold, state Rep. Chris Ross, Victory Brewing Company

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