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2014 Paradise Chocolate Fest

May 9 ~ An Evening of Wine & Chocolate:
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May 10 ~ 9th Annual Paradise Chocolate Fest

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Chocolate Fest Organizers Prepare to Indulge in
 Celebrating Another Year of Sweet Success!

PARADISE, Calif. – Experience a chocolate paradise on the Paradise/Magalia ridge nestled among tall green pines in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and overlooking the Sacramento Valley. It’s in this community that strikes the perfect balance between its Gold Country historical past and all the comforts of today’s living that a small group of individuals with big hearts and a love of chocolate are coming together once again to plan the ninth annual international award-winning Paradise Chocolate Fest benefiting non-profit youth organizations on the Paradise Ridge.

Past winner of two international awards at the Retail Confectioners International Chocolatiers Convention and Expo held in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the Paradise Chocolate Fest is the place to indulge your love of chocolate. The 2013 Paradise Chocolate Fest attracted more than 6,000 attendees and the 2014 Paradise Chocolate Fest promises to be even more exciting by offering plenty of sugar-coated fun for the whole family.

The Fest will be held Saturday, May 10th at Terry Ashe Park on the Skyway in Paradise from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Fest features Chocolate Candy Land where you can dip into decadence at the large chocolate fountain or visit chocolate booths and professional Chocolatiers with countless chocolate delicacies, desserts and confections for sale. Visitors can stroll down Bittersweet Lane or walk up Sugar Tooth Street while savoring delicious chocolate treats. Fest attendees may also enjoy a blast from the past by visiting fifties themed Lollipop’s Old Fashion Ice Cream Shoppe, or simply taking a walk through the park and enjoying the musical entertainment, fine art and craft booths and a wide range of food selections.

“A very special highlight of this year's festivities will be "Chocolate Royale!" the crowning of the 2014 "Paradise Chocolate Fest Queen" and for the first time, also a "King" with a sweet celebration for all to enjoy.”

Young Fest goers will have great fun visiting Kidz-Zone including giant inflatables, carnival games, costumed characters, clowns, face painting, musical entertainment and interactive chocolate arts & craft projects.

To celebrate a sustainable event, the 2014 Paradise Chocolate Fest is dedicated to Zero Waste.  While the delicious, decadence of chocolate remains front and center in the minds of Fest visitors, organizers are proud to continue their partnership with Northern Recycling & Waste Services to demonstrate how responsible planning and actions can make a huge difference while enhancing the festivities.  “Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Chocolate Fest “Green Scene”, outdoor classroom which includes a wide variety of learning stations providing hands-on activities and educational opportunities to incorporate a “greener” eco-conscious lifestyle into your days.

Special events throughout the day include a Chocolate Pancake Breakfast, Textile Art Show, Chocolate Chase Fun Run/Walk, Chocolate Cuisine Challenge, Chocolate Pie Eating and Cookie Stacking Contests, Super Sensational Ice Cream Sundae Spoon-Feeding Contest, a variety of Musical Entertainment and live chocolate demonstrations. Enjoy chocolate in all its many splendors!

Fest Admission - $5.00 ● Children 4 & Under–Free  Admission includes children’s games, contests, chocolate candy, art show, musical concerts, opportunity drawing & much more!

Additional Chocolate Fest Events Include:

Friday, May 9, 2014 – Evening of Wine & Chocolate!
Guittard Chocolate & Wine Pairings, Specialty Beer Tasting, Wine Auction, Savory Appetizers
and Artisan Beer & Food Samplings, Guest Chef, Chocolate Fountain & Decadent Desserts,
Chocolate Paradise Martinis, Jazz Musical Entertainment … Paradise Community Park $50 p/p

Saturday, May 17, 2014 – Chocolate Thunder Motorcycle Run!
Motorcycle Run & Barbecue, Cash Prizes, Event Pin Musical Entertainment, Chocolate Treats $20 per person or $30 per couple.

For information contact Paradise Chocolate Fest Executive Director, Debbie LaPlant Moseley 530/342-4896