If the idea of chocolate-tasting sessions has you salivating – you’re in luck. There are two big events this year: The Chocolate Show taking place from Oct 17-19 at Olympia West and The Chocolate Festival from Dec 12-14 at the Business Design Centre, Islington.
This weekend at the October show, catch Ed Kimber (winner of the first ever series of Great British Bake Off) and pastry chefs from The Berkeley hotel and Café Royal doing demonstrations at Olympia. At the December show, you can taste chocolate couture collections from the kind of world class chocolatiers whose work fills classy Christmas stockings and pricey choc boxes – we’re talking Paul A Young, Rococo, and Ameila Rope.
For us mere mortals, more used to scoffing down a humble bar of Dairy Milk, it’s a great opportunity to splash the cash on posh chocs and indulge in a bit of frivolity. Wacky attractions at the December show include cocoa butter beauty treatments (though sadly no bathtubs filled with liquid chocolate). And if you can’t wait until December, this week’s event at Olympia includes a chocolate catwalk fashion show. We can just see the tabloid headlines now – ‘Choc Frock Shock Horror’.
Find out more about The Chocolate Show.
By Roopa Gulati