With the hot and sunny weather we’re currently having in the UK, it’s easy to forget that it’s almost October, and for chocolate lovers that means just one thing: Chocolate Week is just around the corner!
From October 10th – 16th, there’ll be a huge variety of events happening up and down the country, so we thought we’d give you a quick preview of a few of them. You can search for events near you using the Chocolate Week Event Calendar.
The Cocoa Time Bomb
For those who are serious about chocolate and sustainability, SeventyPercent.com are holding a discussion about some of the threats and challenges facing cocoa production. The event takes place at Waterstones, Piccadilly and entry is free but you need to book in advance. Details here.
Rococo Chocolates are organising a range of events including a chocolate dinner at Hardy’s Brasserie, a recipe competition and several themed tasting sessions. You can find out more about there plans on their website.
Fortnum & Mason
Fortnums & Mason are celebrating Chocolate Week with tasting events, demonstrations and talks from Monday to Friday. Full details of all the events are available on their website.
Chocolate Walking Tours
Chocolate Ecstasy tours have two special walking tours of Belgravia’s chocolate shops including chocolate high tea! Full details here.
Tastings & Demonstrations
There are chocolate tastings and demonstrations happening up and down the country all week, so if you’re in the UK, there really is no excuse not to try some great new chocolate. There are far too many events listed here, but you can find one near you by clicking here.
The highlight of the week is once again Chocolate Unwrapped at Vinopolis in Borough, the heart of London’s foodie district. The chocolate show takes place of the weekend of the 15th & 16th and brings together chocolate makers from all over the world. There are demonstrations from some of the top names in chocolate (including William Curley, Paul A. Young, Chantal Coady) and over 40 companies exhibiting their products.
Tickets for Chocolate Unwrapped are £8 in advance (buy online here) or £10 on the door.
Great Chocolate Cake-Off
If you’re a home baker, why not enter the Great Chocolate Cake-Off! This chocolate cake baking competition is open to everyone, with entries being judged at Chocolate Unwrapped on Sunday 16th October. I’ll be helping out with the judging, so I’m looking forward to sampling some really chocolatey recipes!
As well as the chance to win some great prizes, all Cake-Off entrants get free entry to Chocolate Unwrapped. But the competition is limited to just 30 entries, so act fast! Full details here.
There’s loads more going on all week, so do check out the web site. And let us know if you’re doing anything special for Chocolate Week yourself!