Valentine’s Day had been and gone but the small town decided to hold a Valentine’s Day Chocolate Festival last week at the Event Center of the French Lick’s Resort Hotel. Slightly overpriced at $25 per head, the event was held in a beautiful candle lit room adorned with balloons and hearts, white chairs and crisp white linen. When we entered the room the smell was mouthwatering.
The room was set up with six chocolate stations and a refreshment table. The first table had cute little fancies all lined up on beautiful silver platters: chocolate dipped strawberries, white chocolate covered truffles, heart shaped delights and a few surprises; chocolate covered bacon (not too obnoxious), chocolate dipped jalapenos (pass) and chocolate covered bleu cheese (not one of my favorites).
Table 2 was created for the pastry lover. Fruit based pastries all delicately hand dipped and totally bite size
Table 4 was a delightful chocolate shake, which tasted heavenly and was extremely moorish.
Table 5 produced a chocolate flavor waffle, which lashing of toppings such as whipped cream, raspberries, chocolate chips and syrup. I was feeling a little unwell by this point but as a true professional I soldiered on.
A five-hour drive from Chicago, I’m sure there are closer chocolate festivals to me, but I would definitely take a trip to this one again. (see Kelly’s blog on The Chicago Fine Chocolate Show).
My girls and husband really enjoyed our time there. The entry is for three hours, but it was clear everyone felt a little nausea after 20 minutes. Thankfully, the soft drinks, water, hot cocoa and coffee on offer took the edge off the sickness but we were still in and out in less than an hour. Definitely worth a look if you happen to be in the area at the time.