Willy Wonka’s factory may not be real, but you can still surround yourself with chocolate at one of New York’s largest chocolate shows in October. The Big Chocolate Show — as its name implies — features more than 50 high-end, artisan, and up-and-coming chocolatiers, including Jacques Torres, Valrhona, Marie Brizard, and Gotham Chocolates, showing off their “best stuff” in a variety of demos, classes, and exhibits on Oct. 8 and 9.
There will be a tasting of bean-to-bar chocolate from a producer who makes chocolate out of his Hoboken, New Jersey, apartment, chocolates from Vietnam, three-dimensional mold-making classes, and exhibits of miniature dresses made out of chocolate. Of course, besides the unusual spectacles, there are hundreds of chocolate bars to sample.
“It’s an opportunity to taste a lot of chocolate from one producer without having to invest in a lot of bars,” said The Big Chocolate Show’s founder, Matthew Saravay, in a press release.
“We wanted to do more than simply offer an opportunity for the general public to load up on chocolate in a basic trade show format,” he said. “That’s been done here before and quite frankly, it was easy to improve upon that model. This new, highly curated and American-produced show takes a chocolate expo to a whole new level.”