Salon du Chocolat has just closed its doors in Paris for another year. But in a city where chocolate is as almost as ubiquitous as art, there’s already another chocolate fair coming up.
Chocorama, Paris’s “chocolate market”, is taking place from November 11-13, 2011 at Espace des Blancs Manteaux, in the Marais district.
Thirty-five French artisan chocolatiers will be on hand to present their delicious hand-crafted chocolates.
Expect chocolate tastings, demonstrations, workshops, presentations, contests and even chocolate art displays at this annual fair organised by l’Union Régionale des Chocolatiers et Confiseurs de Paris et d’Ile de France.
This year’s edition is being held in partnership with Mexico, where cacao was first cultivated by the ancient Mayans.
Participating artisan chocolatiers include Servant, Via Chocolat, Maiffret, Chocolaterie de Puyricard, Christian Constant, Girard, Pascal Le Gac, Josephine Vannier, Malitourne, Charles Chocolatier, Le Furet Tanrade and many others.
Among the speakers are Dr. Hervé Robert, a renowned specialist and author of books on the health benefits of chocolate, Laurence Alemanno, a cacao researcher and founder of the shop Chocolatitudes, Christiane Tixier, a pharmacist and author of Le chocolat, cet aliment qui vous veut du bien (Chocolate, the food that is good for you), and Jean-François Dargein, sales director with Valrhona.
Music, dancing and chocolate sculptures are also part of this show, and the Grand Prix du Chocolat de la Ville de Paris will be awarded during the event.
Where: Espace des Blancs Manteaux, 48, rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris
When: November 11,12, and 13, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Métro: Hôtel de Ville
For more information, visit the Chocorama website.
Update: Due to last-minute changes, the Grand Prix du Chocolat award ceremony, originally announced by organisers, did not take place.