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Chocolate Heaven In York
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Thousands of people are employed in the manufacture of confectionary in York, the city of Quaker chocolatiers, Rowntrees and Terry’s. This year the city is to mark that heritage with a celebration of chocolate. The York Food Festival is bringing high quality artisan chocolate centre stage in September 2010, running a ‘Chocolate Day’ in the Market, chocolate demonstrations at 5pm daily in the Festival market place and the Festival launch event will be a chocolate show in the historic Guildhall. Meanwhile the local authority is running a “Big City Read” project in the run up to the Festival, centered on the contemporary novel ‘Chocolat’.

Key Events:

The Chocolate Launch Event: Friday 17th September, 7pm
The event includes,
• a history of chocolate presentation,
• a demonstration using chocolate in 'savoury' cooking,
• a chocolate taste workshop - comparing different estate chocolates,
• a 'make your own' chocolate cookery workshop,
• a chocolate cocktail demonstration and
• a matching chocolate with wine tasting session.
Death by Chocolate: 18th September, 7pm
For lovers of chocolate, this event is a must. Join Ivan Day, world famous food historian, for a mouth-watering introduction to the history of chocolate.
Kit Kat ‘Town and Gown’ Lecture at University of York St John: Monday 20th September, 7pm
In 1935, KIT KAT started life in a York factory. Celebrating its 75th anniversary, David Rennie, Managing Director, Nestlé Confectionery UK and Ireland, delivers this York St John University Public Lecture.

The Chocolate Fountain Market: Tuesday 21st September, from 9am Free entry

A range of artisan chocolate makers take stands at the centre of the Festival’s market, around the Fountain in Parliament Street. Stand holders include local chocolatier Sophie Jewett who is winning a reputation for highly original chocolate fillings including York Ale, Local Honey and Yorkshire Blue Cheese. Others include Choc Affair, a local hand made chocolate producer, who uses Fair-trade chocolate to make their luxury gifts. Also, see the Award winning White Rabbit Chocolate Company whose gifts and chocolates can also be purchased on-line.
A Taste of History (with York Chocolate Club) Saturday 25th , 6.30pm
Join expert the museum's curator along with local chocolatier and founder of York Chocolate Club, Sophie Jewett as they take you on a sensory exploration of York’s rich chocolate history.
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