A huge variety of events took place up and down the country in Chocolate Week, held from October 14 to October 20.
Described as a chocolate celebration featuring tastings and events from the UK’s best chocolatiers, some of Chocolate Week 2013’s highlights included Salon du Chocolat.
Billed as the world’s largest chocolate show, this event came to the capital for the first time from October 18 to October 20. It featured demonstrations and tastings from top chocolatiers and pastry chefs, children’s workshops, a chocolate fashion show, a bath filled with chocolate and a full size chocolate cocoa tree.
Other initiatives included special screenings of the’Chocolat’ film, starring Johnny Depp and Juliet Binoche, at Bea’s of Bloomsbury in London and Toot Sweets Chocolates in Shrewsbury; a ‘thermal chocolate experience’ of a chocolate treatment and massage at Knock Castle Hotel and Spa; and a chocolate-themed Food Slam at Camp and Furnace in Liverpool.
Chocolate factory open days took place in Cleethorpes and near Edinburgh, organised by bean-to-bar chocolate makers Duffy Sheardown and The Chocolate Tree, who opened the doors of their factories, offering the public a rare chance to see inside.
Chocolatier Paul a Young and Aqua Riva tequila queen Cleo Rocos (best known as Kenny Everett’s glamorous side-kick) hosted an evening of ‘Fine Tequila & Fine Chocolate’ in London, while venues across the capital held chocolate afternoon teas, including the Langham Hotel, The Lanesborough and Pennyhill Park.
Finally, there were chocolate tastings at all John Lewis stores. Every day customers were able to sample the ‘Chocolate of the Day’, including House of Dorchester, Prestat and Charbonnel et Walker.