Whether you love truffles or you simply can't get enough of fudge, you might want to think about checking out a chocolate festival in your local area - there's always a sweet get-together just around the corner! Recently, the town of Paradise, California, held its own event to commemorate the delicious treat - Chocolate Fest.
Indulging at Chocolate Fest 2012
The official Chocolate Fest website states that the event took place on May 12, offering a little bit of something for everyone. Perhaps one of the most memorable parts of the festival was the large chocolate fountain in the Candy Land setup - this piece surely got sweet lovers excited!
Aside from the displays, there were several booths to check out at Chocolate Fest as well. Numerous vendors set up shop at the event to provide visitors with an opportunity to take a glimpse into the gourmet side of this treat. Whether you have an appreciation for exotic varieties or just can't get enough of hand dipped strawberries, Chocolate Fest was the place to be.
Chocolate Fest Milestones
This year's Chocolate Fest marked the seventh time that the event was held, according to CBS affiliate KHSL-TV. Approximately 6,000 people attended the event, which was deemed a roaring success.
"It's just a great opportunity for the community to celebrate chocolate and raise money for the kids in the community," executive director Debbie LaPlant Mosley told the news source.
Admission to the event was $4, and there were many events dedicated to helping children make the most of the festival as well. Among the family-oriented activities held were the Chocolate Chase Fun Run/Walk, chocolate pie eating contest and live music.
Participating for a Good Cause
Aside from the delectable treats at the event, many people attended to raise money for charity causes. For example, Amy Bromelow of Paradise, California, was named the 2012 Chocolate Queen after raising more than $10,000 for the event, according to the Paradise Post. The money will be donated to 20 local youth organizations.
ChicoER.com reports that there was also a motorcycle ride at the event, which drew in riders from all over the state. Participants were able to register for the event for $15, and the money went to youth groups around Paradise. More than 150 people decided to ride in the "Chocolate Thunder Motorcycle Run," which is held annually in conjunction with the festival.