The Virginia Chocolate Festival returns March 23¿24 to the Scope Exhibition Hall in
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Vendors will be offering chocolates from arorund the world plus chocolate¿making and cooking demonstrations. There'll be lots of samples, of course.
According to the VAF, Americans today consume an average of 12 pounds of chocolate every year, though that number is less than other countries such as Switzerland (22 pounds), Austria (20 pounds) and Ireland (19 pounds).
Food vendors at the ferstival include Trafton's Chocolates, The Royal Chocolate, Twisted Sisters Cupcakes, Schakolad, Jody's Popcorn, Sugar Rush, Virginia Gourmet, Thank Goodness Its Home Made, Oberweis Dairy, Mrs. Bryant's Specialty Foods, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Nordstrom, Velata Chocolate Fondue, Angel's Chocolates, The Dancing Tomato, South n' France, Tessa's Creations, Elaine's Catering, and Harry & David.
In addition, several Norfolk restaurants will be serving chocolate-themed dinners, desserts and beverages. The list includes 456 Fish, Bodega on Granby, Byrd & Baldwin Brothers Steakhouse; 219 An American Bistro; Norfolk Seafood Company, Bardo Edibles + Elixirs, The Public House, Omar's Carriage House, Todd Jurich's Bistro and Trilogy Bistro. Call for information and reservations.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24.