Get your chocolate fix this weekend as Melton Mowbray’s annual ChocFest returns.
From Saturday 17th November until Sunday 18th November, around 40 chocolatiers will be exhibiting their creations; an increase on last year and the range of chocolate related goods on offer have also increased.
In addition to the chocolate covered pork pies, the more unusual offerings this year include chocolate pizza, chocolate kebab, chocolate wine, chocolate Scotch egg, chocolate beer and chocolate pies. Chocolate lovers will be able to demolish a wall of chocolate which has come all the way from Blackpool to participate in the festival.
A new addition to ChocFest this year will be a spirits hall that will include Melton’s latest distillery, Brentingby Gin which will be joined by other distillers from the region and beyond to offer not only gin but whisky, rum, vodka, apple brandy and Sambuca, plus other liqueurs and flavoured spirits.
Tickets for the workshops have been selling fast with adults able to make champagne truffles, Belgian chocolates and their own Christmas chocolates. Children aren’t forgotten with the possibility of making chocolate lollies, decorated chocolate bars and a chocolate platter.
The anticipated event is attracting much national attention and a record 130 places have been booked by tour organiser, National Holidays and other coach companies have booked or expressed interest in bringing visitors to the event.
Organiser Matthew O’Callaghan said: “This is shaping up to be the largest chocolate festival in the UK this year. We’ve got a whole host of treats in store for visitors this year and we’re also catering for those who are looking for vegan, gluten free or other specialist foods.”
Advance tickets (£4) are available from Melton’s Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe and online at www.ukchocfest.co.uk or on the door for £5. Children 16 and under are free.