Chocolate and love songs. What better combination for you and your loved one for Valentine’s Day? Romantic Willimantic’s 8th annual Chocolate Festival brings those two sweet things together at the Chocolate Lovers’ Soiree and Cabaret on Saturday, February 11, at the Capitol Theater on 896 Main Street, Willimantic. Sample some chocolate treats at 6:30 before heading into the beautifully renovated theater at 7 p.m. to enjoy love songs of all styles. After the show enjoy a gourmet chocolate reception including imported chocolate, truffles, fudge, hand-dipped fruit, cakes, and cookies, chocolate ice cream, chocolate soda, chocolate soup and much more … and the Italian barista will also return by popular demand.
Willimantic’s 8th Annual Chocolate Festival begins earlier on Saturday when downtown streets will be bustling with folks taking the Chocolate Chip Stroll. Over 35 businesses will open their doors and invite chocoholics of all ages to sample chocolate goodies and entertainment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited and there is no charge. Bring your children to enjoy the Bouncy Castle at the Willimantic Fire Dept., face painting and button making, as well as other activities in local storefronts.
“It’s such a great way to spend the day and to support Willimantic,” said Lynn Duval, organizer of The Romantic Willimantic Chocolate Festival. “Take your family to the Chocolate Chip Stroll, eat at a downtown restaurant, then enjoy a wonderful evening with friends or take your sweetheart on a date at the Chocolate Lovers’ Soirée and Cabaret.”
“Let Them Eat Cake,” the annual cake baking and decorating contest, will be held at the City Side Deli, 750 Main Street. Drop your entries off between 9 & 10 AM ( $5.00 entry fee) . Winners will be announced at 2:45 PM. Contact Ruth Hartunian-Alumbaugh, 860-423-9156 to register. Awards for age categories and Best Romantic Willimantic Theme Cake.
Tickets for the Chocolate Lovers’ Soirée and Cabaret are $15 per person or $25 per couple and may be reserved by calling 860-428-7573 or 860-450-0918, or at the box office the night of the event. Seats are limited and it will sell out.
The Grand Finale is on Tuesday, February 14 at the Windham Town Hall at 10 AM when the Romantic Willimantic Cupid will be crowned. The public is encouraged to join us to see who it will be.
For a complete listing of Romantic Willimantic Chocolate Festival events, visit www.Romanticwillimantic.org, “like” us at www.facebook.com/romanticwillimantic or 860-428-7573