AGA living magazine review: A festival choc-ful of pleasure

Sally Rasmussen from reports on the Chocolate Festival which wooed Visitors in London in December and is all set for Oxford and Brighton in April.

SO how much do you really like chocolate? Enough to spend a glorious, meltingly luxurious three days, wallowing in truffles and hot chocolate sauce at the Southbank Centre Square, London? Well, for three days in December, chocaholics from across the country did just met. as The Chocolate Festival filled.

London’s South Bank with the tempting aroma of brewing hot chocolate, sizzling churros with chocolate sauce and gurgling chocolate fountains.

The Chocolate Festival, organised by event director Yael Rose, is a delicious celebration of everything chocolate. With events in Kingston and London in December, and Brighton and Oxford in April, all your Christmas and Easter chocolate needs are sorted. The festival really is a feast for chocolate lovers – and, as a nation, few places in the world beat us when it comes to chocolate consumption. The United Kingdom is the third largest consumer of chocolate in the world and Christmas and Easter are the busiest times of the year for the chocolate industry.

Hands-on talks and demonstrations at the event took us through the process from raw cocoa to chocolate truffle and you could also get tips from leading figures including Damian Allsop and William Curley, Best British Chocolatier 2009. Both exhibited incredible chocolate sculptures as part of the even!.

Also making an appearance for the first time this year was a chocolate-fashion display, which included chocolate icing works by artist Beth Cust as well as fabulous chocolate dresses and some very impressive chocolate shoes

“Chocolate has a mass appeal and the love of it knows no boundaries, so people of all ages, countries and genders come to the Chocolate Festival,” said event director Yael Rose. “This is the largest chocolate celebration in the UK. It’s just hard to say ‘no’ to the stuff.”


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