Chocolate Festivals

Festivals

1. Valentine’s Day
Saint Valentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day is considered as the day for lovers to express their feelings to each other. Chocolate has become one of the common presents given on Valentine’s Day not to mention flowers. Chocolate is synonymous with Valentine’s Day.

While 75% of chocolate purchases are made by women all year long, during the days and minutes before Valentine’s Day, men take women’s places. Over $1billion are annually spent on chocolate on Valentine’s Day. Should you express your love, try saying it out with chocolate!

2. Christmas
When Christmas comes, the very first things people usually come up with are Santa Claus, presents, winter, family party, reindeer, mistletoes and what is missing there? Absolutely CHOCOLATE!

Shops selling chocolate can be widely seen when walking along a road before Christmas time. It’s such a gift since it is not a food consumed out of necessity or for survival but eating chocolate means feeling pleasant and delightful. There is a wide range of Christmas presents but chocolate is one of the top as it’s the gift for such an enjoyable and amusing festival. Despite the fact that chocolate is inexpensive, it’s meaningful across culture!

3. Easter
Easter Chocolate eggs have nothing to do with the resurrection of Christ or owe their origins to Christianity. The egg is just a symbol of fertility and re-birth. In the early 1800’s, the first chocolate Easter egg appeared in Germany and France and soon spread to the rest of Europe. The first chocolate eggs were solid soon followed by hollow eggs.

In the 19th Century, there were the discovery of the modern chocolate making process and improved mass manufacturing methods. The Chocolate Easter Egg was fast becoming the Easter Gift of choice in the UK and parts of Europe, and by the 1960’s it was well established worldwide.

4. Turin’s annual festival of chocolate
Turin holds its Festival of Chocolate every year providing Italian food with exhibitions, music, events, tours which focus on the dark delicacy – chocolate. Turin has been related with chocolate since the 16th century when the city became the capital of the kingdom of Savoy, the ruler served the citizens a symbolic cup of hot chocolate in celebration.

The Chocolate festival which is called Cioccolato features various cookery demonstrations. Cooking lesson of venison with cocoa beans, smoked salmon with cocoa, ginger and oranges pasta with cocoa in sweet pepper sauce, chicken supreme with chocolate and potato tart, or desserts like Canaroli rice with dark chocolate and hazelnut are available. Also, chocolate recipes are catered for children.

5. Glendale Chocolate Affaire
Glendale Chocolate Affaire is a local chocolate festival in Glendale, Arizona, the US which is held annually in February. Chocolate Affaire showcases a wide range of national and local chocolates with over three-dozen chocolate vendors on-site selling various and sundry chocolate delights, as well as activities and live entertainment for the entire family, musical performances, romance novelists, activities for children and tours of Cerreta’s Candy Company.

This year (2007) The Affaire recorded its highest attendance ever with 95,000 people in downtown Glendale participating. The highlight was the state’s largest Chocolate heart, a 400-pound confection that was donated by Cerreta’s to the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission.

6. Rocks Aroma Festival
Rocks Aroma Festival is an annual festival drawing a number of people to Sydney’s heritage quarter. The festival, which is presented by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, is particularly ideal for chocolate lovers and coffee maniacs featuring leading chocolatiers with a wide range of chocolate goods such as the finest of chocolates, hand made fudge which will leave you asking for more, special recipe cookies, freshly roasted macadamia nuts, cheery and pistachio nougats and delicious cupcakes are just some of the examples of the goods available.

7. Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead is a Mexican annual festival held on 1st and 2nd November. The day’s activities begin with visits by families to the graves of their close relatives. Mexicans have honored their dead with gifts of chocolate. In order to sustain them on their journey to the afterlife, ancient Robles were buried with cocoa beans inorder for them to use as type of payment upon their arrival. Even today, in remote villages in southern Mexico, chocolate is still included in every burial to soothe the spirit in its new life. Chocolate skulls are usually given on the day.

8. Halloween
Halloween is also considered as a chocolate festival and you don’t have to go shopping for any chocolate. This is because of the traditional ‘Trick or Treat’! Trick or Treat is a traditional activity when kids wearing Halloween costumes of their choice go wandering house after house asking for candies and chocolate. When they knock on doors they will ask residents to pick between a trick or a treat, if residents choose treat then kids would receive candies or chocolate, but if residents choose trick (by not opening their doors), kids would play a light hearted prank as a way to retaliate for not giving them anything.

9. World Chocolate Day
You might not believe the immense popularity of chocolate, but since 2003, September 4th is known as World Chocolate Day. World Chocolate Day is an annual event that is organized in countries all over the world. The date of September 4th was chosen because it is the birthday of the World Chocolate Day founder, the Italian, Valeria Lo Iacono.

10. New Year
Even though a wide range of gifts are exchanged on New Year’s Day, something simple like chocolate is till one of the most given presents. New Year’s Eve is usually celebrated with parties and social gatherings spanning the transition of the year at midnight and the night should be filled with various kinds of food and excellent desserts made from chocolate. New Year is fast approaching, what about sweetening your life and soul with some chocolate?