The Porte de Versailles exhibition hall in Paris will soon be awash with the delicious aroma of chocolate as the 21st annual Salon du Chocolat opens its doors next month.
Taking place from October 28 to November 1, 2015, the famous five-day chocolate festival features the hottest trends in chocolate and pastry from France and around the world.
Like last year’s edition, the 2015 Salon du Chocolat will be huge: two showroom levels and 20,000 square metres of exhibition space devoted to chocolate in all its forms. More than 450 chocolatiers, chefs, pastry chefs and cocoa experts from France and across Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and, for the first time ever, Australia, will be on hand to share their knowledge and products at this sweet gastronomic event.
The theme of this year’s edition is “Cocoa Expressions and Chocolate Innovations,” a celebration of “the creativity, avant-gardism and capacity for innovation” in this flourishing sector. Indeed, exhibitors have each been asked to develop a new product especially for the show that visitors can taste.
As with past editions, the Salon du Chocolat will feature chocolate and pastry demonstrations and workshops, interactive presentations, seminars, book signings, music & entertainment and plenty of chocolate samples, not to mention the stunning chocolate fashion show that takes place every afternoon.
Three other key chocolate events will be held alongside the Salon du Chocolat 2015: the bi-annual World Chocolate Masters Final; the International Cocoa Awards; and the annual Awards du Chocolat, organised by the Club des Croqueurs de Chocolat in partnership with the Salon du Chocolat.
Upcoming chocolate shows are also taking place in 2015/2016 in Monaco, London, Lyon, Beirut, Japan (Tokyo, Sendai, Sapporo, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka), Brussels, Marseille, Milan and Moscow. (Chocolate shows in New York and Lima took place earlier this year.)
What: Salon du Chocolat
When: Wednesday, October 28 to Sunday, November 1, 2015
Hours: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm daily
Where: VIPARIS, Porte de Versailles, Pavillon 5
Métro: Porte de Versailles or Balard
Tramway: T2/T3 Porte de Versailles
Admission: Adults, 14 euros; children 3 to 12 years, 6.50 euros. (free for children under 3)
For more information, visit the Salon du Chocolat official website.
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