Today the National Chocolate Week has started. Yes, CHOCOLATE. My addiction (and probably yours too!). What a better excuse to stuff ourselves with the finest treats of brown gold?
And to better celebrate this week, I will definitely not be missing the National Chocolate Show that returns to London, at Olympia, from 17th to 19th October. This is the world’s largest chocolate show and it will include demonstrations, tastings, truffle rolling, couture outfits made entirely of chocolate and much more.
There will be so many sections dedicated to different aspects of experiencing chocolate, I will have to decide in advance where to go and what to do!
At the Chocolate Theatre, stars like Great British Bake Off champions Edd Kimber and John Whaite, Michelin-starred Atul Kochhar and chocolatiers Paul a Young and Will Torrent. Superb pastry chefs as former Fat Duck pastry chef Hideko Kawa and other pastry chefs from the 5-star The Berkeley Hotel and Café Royal Hotel will be also on stage. Other names from the speakers include Claire Haddad from Hotel Chocolate, Mourad Khiat from The Berkeley and Francois Benot from L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon. The participation in the live demonstrations is open to all visitors on a first come, first serve basis. For the full list of demonstrations, you can visit the Schedule page.
Other highlights of this festival include a behind the scenes exhibition from the Charlie and The Chocolate Factory musical, with the cast and performances by Willy Wonka himself on the gala evening.
In the Academy of Chocolate Room you will be introduced to the world’s finest chocolate and you will be able to taste them! There will be free talks and tastings with UK and international chocolatiers and chocolate makers.
In the “Tasting Room” (I am drooling just reading this name) it will be possible to attend talks about chocolate and to taste chocolate in all its possible variants and combinations. Personally, I won-t miss the Chocolate and Rhum tasting on Sunday with Sam Smallman from Rococo Chocolates.
And to get inspired once back home, you can get books from the Chocolate Bookstore! In partnership with Harvey Nichols, the Chocolate Show organised a dedicated space to books about chocolate. It is a very rare chance for you and me to buy books, meet authors and have their culinary masterpieces signed!
I have bought my ticket and I am truly excited about this event. To better plan your visit, I have also download the ‘Chocolate Show’ App for exhibitor listings, schedules and shows.
No matter if you are an expert or if you know nothing about chocolate: just bring with you your palate and be ready to have one of the most mouthwatering unforgettable tasting experiences.