There's also a free interactive chocolamentary screening this Friday...
This Easter weekend, Bristol-based storytellers and gastronomy experimenters, Understory will launch the latest chocolate bar to come out of the city at the Taste Chocolate Festival at the Bristol Harbour Hotel from 15th – 16th April.
Handcrafted in Bristol, the ‘Chapter One’ chocolate bars are made from some of the world’s rarest cacao, and each one comes with a ticket to a documentary about the rare beans they are made from. The bars are being distributed 170 years since the chocolate bar as we know it was first produced by J.S Fry’s and Sons in the city in 1847.
For those that can’t wait until the weekend, Understory will host a free screening to debut the world premiere of Chocolamentary; a short film about the incredibly rare Marañón cacao beans from Peru at the Watershed on 14th April at 2pm. The interactive screening will give the audience a chance to learn more about the process of making chocolates, get hands on with the beans and of course the first opportunity to sample the chocolate itself.
James Wheale, Director of Understory says: “We’re delighted to be launching our chocolate bar at the festival this year. Our ‘Chapter One’ chocolate is inspired by the Marañón people’s ethos to put the environment above all else as well as Bristol’s strong chocolate history alongside the graffiti and street art scene of the city which you’ll see on the packaging.”
“We’re inviting everyone to come down to the Watershed this Friday to learn more about where their chocolate is coming from and sample the chocolate as well. And for those that want to try a bigger chunk, the chocolate bars will be available at the Taste Chocolate festival.”
Chocolate lovers can also enjoy the full Understory experience at the festival with Origin: The multisensory chocolate experience. 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.
Sophie Bowden, festival co-Director says: “Not many people know, but Bristol has a rich history of chocolate which all began when Joseph Fry started selling chocolate as a tincture from his apothecary in Small Street in 1756. We’re extremely excited to be hosting the launch of yet another chocolate bar in Bristol – 170 years on since the creation of the world’s first chocolate bar by Fry’s in 1847.”
“As well as the debut of a new Bristol chocolate bar, there is a lot going on at the festival this year. Expect more than 35 exhibitors bringing hand crafted and indulgent chocolates, churros, brownies, liqueurs, beers, wine and of course a variety of handmade Easter eggs.”
Those that come along can also expect to see some of the best chefs and producers in the South West such as Josh Eggleton, Zara from Zara’s Chocolates and Conor Stapleton from Bordeaux Quay taking part in the Chocolate Theatre, as well as try their hand at the Taste Chocolate Treasure Hunt sponsored by Divine Chocolate over the weekend.”
Taking over the Sansovino Hall, in Bristol’s new Harbour Hotel, Taste Chocolate is a two day family friendly festival currently in its third year.
Chocolamentary will be screened at the Watershed on Friday 14th April at 2pm. Tickets are free, but participants will have to book their seat here: https://uk.patronbase.com/_NoBoundaries/Productions/11QF/Performances and view the trailer to the documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC9maXXpyVI
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.