If you’ve ever read Chocolat by Joanne Harris you’ll remember the part where Vianne plans a chocolate festival on Easter Sunday much to the chagrin of the local priest. Well in the town where I grew up (Ramsbottom and yes you are allowed to giggle), a local chocolate shop owner Paul Morris of the Chocolate Cafe had the idea of opening a chocolate market for a few days. What better time than the weekend before Easter? The festival has grown year on year since it first began 5 years ago in 2008 and has become immensely popular. Who can blame people? It’s highly entertaining with live music, chocolate demonstrations and even a beer tent serving chocolate beer. So even if you’re not a fan of sweet food, you’d be entertained.
Now, I was only observing reallyrather than eating lots of sweeties; as I have given up chocolate for Lent and I am getting excited for Easter Sunday, but I’m sure a few people are only just recovering from sugar comas.
There were a lot of animal displays at the festival, great for kids (and big kids)
I took this picture of a display but as you can see from this massive urn of hot chocolate it was very popular in the freezing temperatures
In my chocolate deprived state I was highly envious of the children enjoying chocolate lollipops
Chocolate welly, because you’re in the country now
Chocolate marshmallow cones
Chocolate pizza and hamburgers made of marshmallows
Donkeys from the Donkey Sanctuary. I just want to give them a hug.
If you’re a true hardy Northerner a bit of cold weather won’t put you off ice cream, will it?
Cake cake cake
Chocolate soap. Not recommended to eat these unless you want to hiccup bubbles like Dopey in Snow White.
Brown and Blonde Brownies, possibly the best brownies in the world!
An alpaca. Let’s call him Alf?
Ok, this isn’t from the chocolate festival but my Dad made this fabulous dinner and it was ready and waiting when we got home. What a star!