One of my favorite events is celebrating 10 years – the Chocolate Lovers’ Festival taking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center in Eureka Springs.
I love the chocolate fountains and filling a box with fabulous chocolate treats to take home. My kids are pretty darn happy about those two things as well. My husband likes the goodie-stuffed box that we bring home and actually share with him when he can’t go with us.
Chocolate connoisseurs can satisfy their sweet tooth cravings with cookies, cakes, candies, ice cream, beverages, dipping fountains, novelty products and more. It’s everything chocolate and chocolate everything. You can eat while you’re there, as well as take home a sampling of your favorites or purchase other chocolaty goods.
Cash prizes are on the line for professionals and amateurs in the chocolate recipe and decorating contests. Other fun includes a silent auction, and local merchants market to enhance your Valentine weekend in one of Arkansas’s most romantic city.
Popular KY3 TV news anchor and celebrity judge Steve Grant will be available to meet local viewers and sign autographs. Also, Kat Robinson, communications director for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and well respected food critic will be on hand to autograph her new book.
This year special music presented by Tatyana Hetzer on the upper level of the facility and by Ulrich Ellison, an Austin based guitarist and recording artist who will perform on the main festival floor.
The Chocolate Lovers Cookbook, created specifically for this festival is full of special chocolate recipes and will be on sale along with a first ever “Chocolate Lovers” T-shirt.
The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children 6 and younger. Proceeds benefit the Clear Spring School, Academy of Excellence, Eureka Springs Highlander Athletic Booster Club and Eureka Springs School 21st Century Community Learning Center After School.
For more information or to purchase tickets by phone call 479-253-8737 or toll free 1-800 6EUREKA. Tickets are also available at the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, located in the Village at Pine Mountain. The convention center is located at 207 W. Van Buren.
As if that weren’t enough, to round out the day and complete the weekend the 3rd annual Mid-Winter Hometown Jam will begin at 7 p.m. at the City Auditorium. This year’s show features seven local and regional bands including Springbilliesm Sarah Hughes, Kevin Riddle, The Medicine Man Show, Sx Rex and The Ariels.