By Tina Alvey
Now in its seventh year, the Lewisburg Chocolate Festival is welcoming several new participants to the popular “Tasting Extravaganza,” the centerpiece of the annual event, which is staged on the second weekend of April.
Joining such long-time favorites as Del Sol Cantina’s chocolate mint martinis and Carnegie Hall’s Defluri’s truffles are The Livery Tavern, which will offer chocolate pecan clusters with caramel and sea salt; the Family Refuge Center with teal white chocolate fudge and chocolate-covered pretzels with teal accents and sprinkles; and one of Lewisburg’s newest businesses, Blue Moon Teeth Whitening, which will serve up mini chocolate peanut butter brownie bites.
Several of the event’s familiar vendors will mix it up this year with some new tastes as well. Greenbrier Valley Theatre will present chocolate raspberry beer by Bridge Brew Works, while Serenity Now Outfitters will offer gourmet apples and cake pops by Sticky Finger Apples. Wolf Creek Gallery, the Corner Gourmet and Harmony Ridge Gallery will also feature new variations on the chocolate theme.
Festival-goers must purchase tasting tickets in order to take part in the April 13 Tasting Extravaganza, which is held in an assortment of downtown shops between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are sold in packets of five for $5, and all tastes are valued at one ticket.
A limited number of tickets will be sold, and typically they sell out in advance. Tickets may be obtained online at www.lewisburgchocolatefestival.com or in person at Greenbrier Valley Baking Company, the Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center, Harmony Ridge Gallery and Honnahlee, all in downtown Lewisburg.
In addition to the Tasting Extravaganza, Chocolate Festival weekend, which starts the evening of April 11, includes a variety of chocolate-themed activities, including musical performances, a screening of the original “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” movie at the Lewis Theatre, competitions for all ages, demonstrations by chefs and special evening performances at both Carnegie Hall (Saturday) and Greenbrier Valley Theatre (Thursday through Saturday).
For more information on the Chocolate Festival, visit www.lewisburgchocolatefestival.com. To check on ticket availability and pricing for GVT’s presentation of “Doubt: A Parable,” visit www.gvtheatre.org or call 304-645-3838. For more information and ticket pricing for Carnegie’s presentation of a performance by Dance Brazil, visit www.carnegiehall.wv.org.
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