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Enjoy all sorts of chocolate treats at Chocolate Lovers Fantasy. Courtesy photo.




Chocolate Lovers Fantasy

When: Sunday, June 5, from noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester
Tickets: $17 in advance, $19 at the door
Visit: caregiversnh.org




A chocolate afternoon
Fundraiser returns to the Radisson

05/26/16
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



 Talk a walk through a chocolate-filled wonderland on Sunday, June 5, when Manchester’s Radisson Hotel will be filled with sweet treats for the 14th annual Chocolate Lovers Fantasy. 

“We have everything and anything chocolate themed,” said Donny Guillemette, president and CEO of The Caregivers, which is hosting the event. “Chocolate things you can eat and also chocolate things that you can’t eat.”
Interactive stations will be set up for guests to decorate cupcakes, make an ice cream sundae and assemble chocolate and fruit crepes. 
There will also be a dueling chocolate fountain, Guillemette said, to get a taste of chocolate-dipped pretzels, potato chips and cookies.
This year’s chocolate tasting event will host over 30 vendors, each of which will set up a booth so guests can peruse and try bites before deciding what they want to take home. Vendors like Van Otis, Michele’s Sweet Shoppe and Dulces Bakery will have chocolate items for folks to sample and buy, along with Wick-it Cool Candles and The Spa Within, which will offer chocolate-themed products and services. 
Though the main focus is on Granite State candymakers, restaurants and bakeries, some larger chocolate companies will be there to share tastes with the guests as well, like Hershey, Nestle and Lindt. 
“The idea is to get some exposure to chocolate vendors … and give them the opportunity to give back to the community and a great cause,” Guillemette said.
Much of what each vendor brings is what one would expect from a chocolate maker, Guillemette said, like candies, cookies and pastries, though some will take a different route and use chocolate in a more unique manner. For example, last year British Beer Company made a chocolate cake filled with a chocolate stout sauce.
“It’s kind of a blend of both, some oldies but goodies … and very inventive uses of chocolate,” he said. “Van Otis may be there with their Swiss fudge, which everyone raves about, but also something new they’re trying this year — who knows what might be up their sleeves.”
While it may feel like you’re stepping into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, Guillemette said Chocolate Lovers Fantasy is designed for adults as a way to spend the day with a partner or friend and sample scores of chocolates alongside live local entertainment, a silent auction and raffles.
“I mean who doesn’t like chocolate?” Guillemette said. “It’s a great [way] to have a nice afternoon.” 





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