Dark. Decadent. And undeniably delicious. What’s not to love about chocolate? And what better way to celebrate our favorite confection than with a festival? The Traverse City Chocolate Festival, to be exact.
Entering its 10th year—how sweet is that?—the festival continues to expand its offerings with more exhibitors and more handcrafted creations. Northern Michigan chocolatiers, like Kilwins and Alpine Chocolat Haus, will join popular artisan brands from downstate, including Patricia’s Chocolates, MoKaya, AG Chocolates, among others.
The Traverse City Chocolate Festival was started in 2010 by Barbara Disborough—known locally as the “Chocolate Lady”. Disborough penned The Guide to Chocolate in the Grand Traverse Region. While the book served as a road map to the many chocolate “pit stops” throughout the area, her festival has focused her (and everyone’s) love of chocolate into one central, convenient location.
The City Opera House, downtown’s beautiful “Grand Old Lady”, will host the festival on Sunday, April 15th. New this year, the event will feature two different “tasting times”; 11:30 am – 2:00 pm and 2:30 – 5:00 pm. Attendees will be able to sample delicious chocolates from each exhibitor with admission while enjoying music by TC native Jim Hawley and his son. They’ll perform original tunes in the stylings of Gordon Lightfoot and James Taylor.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Northwest Food Coalition, which serves 36 pantries, 28 meal sites and 8 baby pantries in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Wexford counties.
So bring your sweet tooth, and join like-minded chocoholics for a true TC treat…the Traverse City Chocolate Festival.