Cooks compete for glory at Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival

Chocolate lovers will celebrate “all things chocolate” at the Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival in Kennett Square, PA, on Sunday, February 9, 2014. Restaurant professionals, amateur chefs and students ages 12 and up will vie for bragging rights and ribbons when their creations are judged. In 2013, the Festival’s inaugural year, nearly 200 entries were judged before the doors opened to the public. Winners included Talula’s Table, The Gables in Chadds Ford, Renaissance Chocolates, and Catherine’s Restaurant, plus amateurs and students from throughout the Brandywine Valley.

Contestants compete in the following categories: cakes, cookies, candies, brownies and cupcakes. There is no fee to enter; entry deadline is January 31, 2014; go to www.kennettchocolate.org to enter and reserve tickets. Chocolate donations are due the morning of the event. After the judging, chocoholics of all ages are admitted for $5.00 (includes up to six tastings with more available for $.50 each) with all proceeds benefiting United Way of Southern Chester County. Last year’s event was attended by 1400 people with over 2000 expected this year.

Says Carrie Freeman, United Way CEO, “Last year all the top chefs in our area came through with fantastic recipes—there was chocolate as far as the eye could see. We had classic and novelty desserts, from Tea-infused Truffles and English Toffee to Flourless Chocolate Chipotle Cake and German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars. Are you a great cook? Donate your best chocolate desserts and support this event!”

This year the Salon du Chocolat, a wine and chocolate evening, will kick off the celebration on February 1st at the home of State Representative Chris Ross and Cecilia Ross. The Salon will feature artisan chocolates made by local chocolatiers, craft beers from Victory Brewing and local wines from Borderland Vineyard, Galer Estate, Grace Winery and Paradocx Vineyard. Tickets are $75 per person or $125 per couple. Go to www.kennettchocolate.org for information about the Salon.

All proceeds from both events support United Way of Southern Chester County (UWSCC), which serves the residents of four Pennsylvania school districts: Avon Grove, Kennett, Oxford, and Unionville-Chadds Ford. Over 30 different health and human service programs and over 13,000 people received support from UWSCC last year.

For information, visit the Festival’s website: www.kennettchocolate.org

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