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Salon du Chocolat 2010: World’s biggest chocolate festival

It’s one of the most popular gastronomic events in Paris. The city’s annual Salon du Chocolat is set to take place next month to the delight of tens of thousands of chocolate lovers of all ages.

From 28 October to 1 November 2010, the world’s biggest chocolate festival will bring together chocolate exhibitors and those eager to sample their goodies for five days of chocolate heaven.

It’s the 16th edition of a yearly chocolate extravaganza that was first held in Paris in 1995.

This year more than 400 leading chocolatiers and other culinary professionals will be on hand to present their products and share some of their secrets.

Arnaud Larher, François Pralus, Jean-Paul Hevin, La Maison du Chocolat, Maison Boissier, Michel Cluizel, Pierre Marcolini, Sadaharu Aoki, Chapon, Dalloyau, Fauchon, Puerto Cacao, Theobroma, Barry Callebaut and Valrhona are just a few of the many notable participants in this year’s event.

Tastings, displays, demonstrations, workshops, chocolate fashion shows and musical performances are all part of the show, which promises to be the biggest chocolate event ever.

How big? No less than 12,000 square metres devoted to chocolate in all its forms!

Update: See entry on Salon du Chocolat 2012. For details on the Salon du Chocolat 2011, click here.

What: Salon du Chocolat
Where: Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, Pavillon 5/2 and 5/3
When: 28 October – 1 November 2010
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day
Métro: Porte de Versailles or Balard
Bus: 80 or 39
Admission: Adults 12.50 €; children from 3 to 12 years, 6 €. Free for children under 3 years of age.

For more information, visit the show’s official website.

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