If you have a love of truffles, candy bars and every food immersed in chocolate, there is always a sweet event just around the corner. For instance, the Oakdale Chocolate Festival was recently held in Oakdale, California, to commemorate the delicious treat.
Chocolate Festival Marks 20th Year
Oakdale celebrated its chocolate festival this year for the 20th time, according to the Merced Sun-Star. The city has long been a fan of these delectable sweets, and continues to celebrate them every year with a festival that brings both adults and children together.
At the event, the Manteca Bulletin reports that more than 200 vendors were present to provide various foods to satisfy all of the hungry guests throughout the course of the event, which took place between May 19 and 20. Specialty merchandise was also sold at the event, and children 12 and older were admitted to the festival for free, making it a true family affair.
Other Food Exhibited at the Chocolate Festival
While it's true that there were plenty of candy bars, brownie pops and chocolate bon-bons to go around, there were also goodies such as taffy and various types of fudge.
"Toffee is always a personal favorite of mine, and we [had] a couple of toffee vendors this year - we [had] a local toffee vendor this year," Oakdale Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer, Mary Guardiola, told the Sun-Star.
There were also more than just sweets at the event. Guardiola told the Sun-Star that there were hot dogs and hamburgers for the crowd, as well as new ethnic cuisine.
"There's House of Beef, a local restaurant here," Guardiola reported to the source. "And we have Chinese food, we have Filipino food, we have somebody doing crepe sandwiches this year ... Mini doughnuts are always a favorite in the morning and calories do not count on Chocolate Festival weekend."
Additional Activities at the Chocolate Festival
When people weren't chowing down on the delicious food at the event, the Manteca Bulletin reports that they were engaging in several different activities that took place over the course of two days. Some entertainment that was provided included a 5K fun run, local cover bands and a classic car show.
Best of all, the Chocolate Festival helped out several local groups in the community, including the 4-H club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Red Cross. Because the event benefits the city, it's something that everyone can look forward to on an annual basis.