Taste Chocolate Festival reveals indulgent line-up

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Experience chocolate like never before as Taste Chocolate confirms exciting line-up for this year's festival...

This Easter weekend, some of the country’s best chocolate producers will be bringing their amazing chocolate to Bristol’s biggest celebration of chocolate. Taking over the Sansovino Hall, in Bristol’s new Harbour Hotel on the 15th and 16th April, Taste Chocolate is a two day family friendly event, featuring over 30 exhibitors, chocolate demonstrations,  a Prosecco bar, a history of chocolate exhibition and new for this year, a chocolate multi-sensory experience, inviting you to experience chocolate like never before.

Origin: The multisensory chocolate experience has been created by Bristol based storytellers and gastronomy experimenters, Understory. The extraordinary experience takes visitors on a journey through their past, present and future all using the medium of chocolate as a stimulator to heighten the senses and provide a coherent awareness of ourselves and the environment. Part theatre, part chocolate tasting and psychology, the multisensory experience uses art, tarot, mindfulness and music to enhance the way audience members eat chocolate and will take place in the underground vaults of the Bristol Harbour Hotel’s new spa. 

To participate in Origin: The multisensory chocolate experience, individuals can purchase a ticket from the Taste Chocolate website. The tickets, which are available to purchase from today, include access to the festival and admission to the multi-sensory experience. Visitors wanting to come just to the festival can purchase advance tickets into the festival from the website to avoid disappointment.

Visitors can expect over 30 exhibitors, showcasing beautifully crafted chocolates, cakes, patisserie, churros, wine, beer, liqueurs, brownies, hot chocolate and of course Easter eggs.

Exhibitors at this year’s event include Bristol’s award-winning Zara’s Chocolates with other Bristol based artisan chocolatiers; Little Cocoa Company, McWhirr’s Chocolate and Adam’s Raw Chocolate. From further afield, chocolatiers Fifth Dimension, The Chocolatier, J.Cocoa and Winchester Fine Chocolates will showcase their award winning chocolates as well as vegan chocolate from Cocoa Caravan and Solkiki. Expect unusual flavour combinations from the likes of Chocolate Arthouse and Mannabonbons and festival regulars La Fleur de Chocolat and Divine Chocolate will also be showcasing an assortment of chocolates, Easter eggs and chocolate teacakes.

Understory, the creators of Origin: The multisensory chocolate experience will also launch their first chocolate bar at the festival, handcrafted and made in Bristol. The bar is made from some of the world’s rarest cacoa and comes complete with a short film about the production of the cocoa beans.  

Visitors can also taste the more weird and wonderful applications of chocolate, such as Rubis Wine’s Chocolate Wine, Chocolate Salami, quirky chocolate gifts from The Chocolate Workshop, raw chocolate ingredients from Ethical Treats and Hungarian chimney cakes from Smok’n Chimney while Bristol’s own Incredible Brewing Company will once again create a chocolate ale especially for the festival.  Other liquid delights include delicious liqueurs from The Wiltshire Liqueur Company, local gin from Bramley and Gage, handmade lemonade from Hullabaloos and chocolate chai syrup from  Henny and Joe’s.

There will also be treats from award-winning patisserie, Dimkin’s, Bristol’s show stopping cakery Ahh Toots, Fair and Square Chocolate Brownies, the authentic French creperie La Bonne Crepe, vegan friendly Churros Olé and raw, guilt-free desserts from Elspeth’s Kitchen.

Sophie Bowden, festival co-director of CASUS Events, commented: “We’re delighted to be back for our third year and in a venue that’s just a stone’s throw from where Joseph Fry first set up as an apothecary on Small Street and started selling chocolate as a remedy.”

“There are so many exciting developments going on in the world of chocolate and we’re delighted to be bringing some of the country’s most talented chocolatiers together for a real Easter treat.”

Further programme announcements are expected shortly to reveal details of new special tasting and pairing events, the line-up for the cookery demonstration theatre and other events and activities. 

Taste Chocolate takes place from 10am – 6pm on Saturday 15th and 10am – 5pm on Sunday 16th April. For further information and to purchase festival tickets including tickets to Origin: The multisensory chocolate experience visit www.tastechocolate.co.uk and to keep up to date with the latest news from the festival follow @TasteChocUK on Twitter, @taste.chocolate on Instagram and @TasteChocolateBristol on Facebook.

Origin: The multisensory chocolate experience tickets cost £18 each which includes entry to the festival. Advance tickets to the festival can also be purchased to avoid disappointment for £4 plus booking fee. Entry is free for children under the age of 13 if accompanied by an adult.

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