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Chocolate Heaven In York
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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