The Ultimate All-Chocolate Shopping, Interactive
and Educational Event
April 18 and 19, 2015
MOSI - Tampa, FL
The Great American Candy Run
As a Showpiece to The Festival of Chocolate, The Inaugural Great American Candy Run is an interactive sweets-themed obstacle course created to bring out the kid in all of us. There is no better sugar rush than to come face to face with a Giant Cookie Pit, hurdle through a peppermint patch or dive through giant Dizzy Donuts. Families and Individuals will run, walk, jump, dig, stack, crawl and launch their way through a confection adventure.
The Great American Candy run welcomes chocolate lovers of all ages on Monday January 20th. Children under 5 must run with an adult.
Cocoa Couture Fashion Show
Up-and-coming designers have sketched, sewn, stitched and eaten their way into the creation of cocoa-themed fashions fit for the Festival of Chocolate "Yum-way." The garments are created to include wrappers from their favorite candy bars inspired by personal chocolate passions and sweet childhood memories.
On Saturday, January 18 at 3:00 pm, models will walk the "Yum-way" in front of The Festival of Chocolate audience. With unique works including a Reeses Cup Cocktail Dress and a Dove Chocolate Chandelier Dress... these chocolate inspired handmade designs are to be admired for their art, their skill and the number of calories that went into their creation.
Award Winning Pastry Chefs and Chocolatiers will share tips and tricks of the trade as they create breathtaking decadent chocolate creations right before your eyes. Discover the difference between varying percentages and origins of chocolate; experience the recipe of hot chocolate made with the same techniques and tools as the Mayans, and be the envy of your friends as you learn the steps for simple, elegant chocolate treats that you can replicate at home.Schedule of Demonstrations
Live Professional Competitions
Top Chocolate and Pastry Experts compete Live at The Festival of Chocolate in a high level chocolate competitions with specific time constraints and rules. Judged by Industry Experts, the skill, creativity and drama of these competitions make them a favorite of Festival of Chocolate guests.Schedule of Competitions
Learn hands-on from Chocolate Masters in a small class setting. Whether you are a home chef who wants to master the foundation for working with chocolate; a chocolate effecianato who is interested in detailed chocolate techniques or a chocolate lover who is always looking for creative dessert and chocolate creations to make for family and friends....this is the place for you. This is an incredible experience for girlfriends, husband and wife kitchen duos and anyone who wants to perfect their Chocolate know-how! Classes Sell Out Quickly -- So, Reserve Soon.Reserve A Seat to a Chocolate Class
Wine & Chocolate Pairings
Everybody loves the idea of pairing chocolate and wine and with good reason. They are two of life's great pleasures. But the flavors of chocolate and wine aren't always that compatible. Hosted by a professional Sommelier and a Chocolate Expert, this interactive class breaks down the flavor profiles to help you make matches that work perfectly for your palate. Classes Sell Out Quickly -- So, Reserve Soon.Reserve a Seat for the Pairing
Chocolate Vendor Showcase
Everything Chocolate in one place! Local and Regional Chocolate and Confection Companies will showcase and sell a variety of decadent chocolate treats including: Truffles, Cakes, Cookies, Cupcakes, Crepes, Waffles, Ice Creams, Brownies, Chocolate Drinks and much more!Check out the Vendors
Whether you are 2 or 102, guests of all ages enjoy getting chocolate crazy in fun chocolatey contests! Stack a skyscraper of cookies, gobble down bowls of ice cream or beat the clock in our signature "Face the Cookie" competition. Plus, you can test your choc-ology in Brownie Bingo -- a game where you are encouraged to eat the playing pieces!
Chocolate Game Show Stage
Test you chocolate knowledge as you go head-to-head in the infamous Wheel of Chocolate. Show off your Choco-ology in some Tasty Trivia. Watch Grandpa and Grandma conjure up favorite Chocolate Memories in our Grandpa Grab Bag Challenge. Take part in a conga line of armpit fudge makers....and, you can eat the fudge! You'll learn, laugh and be showered with sweet treats!
Whip up a batch of Chocolate Lip Balm. Make some chocolate playdough. Show off your Pudding Picasso. Or just grab a chocolate apron and get behind the counter like a true Kid In A Candy Store! There is so much to do for chocoholics of every age at The Festival of Chocolate!