Salon du Chocolat 2011

Salon du Chocolat 2011, chocolate event of the year

The 17th annual edition of Paris’s famous Salon du Chocolat takes place from October 20-24, 2011 at Porte de Versailles.

This amazing chocolate extravaganza, the biggest chocolate festival in the world, brings together more than 400 top chocolatiers and chocolate experts, cocoa growers, pastry chefs, authors, and tens of thousands of chocolate lovers.

The spotlight this year will be on the exquisite art of French pastry, with more than 200 leading chefs from around the world taking part.

The trend in recent years has seen the rise of “haute pâtisserie,” with the French capital’s renowned pastry chefs presenting their sophisticated creations in seasonal “collections” much like the fashion world.

Chocolate and pastry enthusiasts can certainly expect to see a lot of designer goodies at this event.

The Salon will feature 160 stands where visitors can meet renowned chocolatiers and pastry chefs, sample the finest chocolates and other sweets, and watch chocolate- and pastry-making demonstrations.

There will also be numerous presentations, tasty chocolate workshops for children, musical and dance performances, book signings, and, of course, the celebrated chocolate dresses fashion show!

Defilé Salon du Chocolat
Photo © Julien Millet

Among the notable French chocolatiers and pastry chefs in attendance will be Michel Cluizel, Jean-Paul Hévin, Arnaud Larher, Pierre Hermé, Sadaharu Aoki, François Pralus and Hugues Pouget.

Everything takes place in a single location covering 12,000 square metres of show space.

The very first Salon du Chocolat was first held in Paris in 1995. Following its huge success, the event has grown with each passing edition.

Upcoming chocolate shows will also be held in 2011/2012 in the following cities: Lyon, Lille, Marseille, New York, Cairo, Bologna, Bahia, Shanghai, Tokyo, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Sendai and Osaka.

Update: Full details on Salon du Chocolat 2012

What: Salon du Chocolat, 2011 edition
Where: Viparis, Porte de Versailles, Pavilions 5/2 & 5/3
Métro: Porte de Versailles or Balard
When: Thursday, October 20 – Monday, October 24, 2011
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m daily
Admission: Adults, 12.50 euros; children, 3-12, 6 euros. Free for children under three.
For more information, visit the Salon du Chocolat official website.

Salon du Chocolat 2011

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