I wouldn’t describe myself as a chocaholic, but I certainly love chocolate. Mind you, it has to be really good quality, so not one but two events coming up, both dedicated entirely to chocolate and both in France, the land of gastronomy, is a rather exciting prospect.
Like me, you’re probably already thinking about the film Chocolat and all the mystery and mastery attached to making those delectable creations of dark and light chocolate with oranges, nuts and so much more. They were destined to sit in the window of a small shop in a small village in France and entice even the most hard-hearted to try them.
And the hot breakfast bol de chocolat was one of the first things we were taught about French life at school. Mmm, I can remember now my taste of the real thing sampled on a teenage trip to Paris.
Anyway, back to the exciting French chocolate events. The first is the Paris Salon du Chocolat to be held at the Metropolitan Pavillion & Altman Building beneath the Louvre from 28th October to 1st November.
It offers tastings and chef's demonstrations of truffles, chocolate-dipped fruit kebabs, hot chocolate and cakes – and will display chocolate fashion, sculpture and art. The fashion show featuring chocolate-inspired creations is extremely popular. (Surely they don’t wear clothes actually made of real chocolate? Wouldn’t it melt?) There is also a Chocoland for children with chocolate makeup and other delicious activities.
The foodie city of Lyon hosts a Chocolate Fair from 6th to 8th November, with a similar mix of goodies. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the greatest chocolatiers from the region and the whole of France, to taste their exceptional chocolates and enjoy activities. These include demonstrations of chocolate recipes by Michelin starred chefs and renowned pastry chefs, children’s workshops, pastry courses and another Chocolate Fashion Show.
Tempted? Why not book a holiday let or B&B close to Paris or the city of Lyon or Rhone region and enjoy the best of French city excitement and country life whilst visiting chocolate heaven?