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Taste, purchase, celebrate, and indulge in delicious goodies, plus enjoy entertainment and fun activities for all ages. Fountains will be overflowing with dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate that can deliciously drench a yummy selection of fresh strawberries, sweet pineapple, marshmallows, pretzels and crisp rice treats.
Participating chocolatiers in this year’s festival will offer chocolate bon bons, chocolate bars, raw chocolate, hot chocolate, chocolate fudge, chocolate novelties, chocolate barks, chocolate- coverage pretzels, chocolate-covered bacon and so much more.
Cake jars, cupcakes, brownies, donuts, raw cookie dough treats, challahs, hamantaschen, Bahamian-style rum cakes and gluten-free offerings will be showcased along with other baked goods, while chocolate spirits, chocolate wines, chocolate beers, sangria and hard ciders will be among the craft beverages available for tastings and to purchase by the bottle.
New at The Chocolate Expo this year is the “Long Island Honey Market” featuring hundreds of local, regional and international honeys and honey products, plus for this first time the festival will have a “New England Pavilion” to highlight vendors from that region offering handcrafted chocolates, desserts and other items.
DJ CHEF, winner of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, who spins tunes and cooks, will be hosting The Chocolate Expo’s famous “Hangar 2 Dance Party” from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. featuring appearances by authentically-costumed Star Wars characters from the 501st Empire City Garrison and other costumed characters, all while surrounded by historic aircraft.
On The Chocolate Expo Stage, located on the second floor of the Museum’s Atrium Lobby, presentations will include a TV-style chef competition, a chocolate spa experience and a discussion about the effect of chocolate on your brain by a neuroscientist.
The “Chocolate Challenge” competition will be hosted by Chef Lawrence Rosenberg (as seen on one of Food Network’s most popular episodes of Guy’s Grocery Games) at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. In the Challenge, home cooks selected from the audience with compete against each other using ingredients from Chocolate Expo vendors, plus the 3:00 p.m. competition will add Girl Scout Cookies as a key ingredient to be incorporated into each chef’s creations.
The Chocolate Expo’s first-ever “Chocolate Spa Experience” hosted by bodycare expert Cristy Bergeron of ScrubIt NH, will take place at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Free face painting and balloon twisting activities for children will take place in The Chocolate Expo’s “Kidz Zone” inside the Museum’s Junior Jet Club, along with chocolate-themed crafts. For a small additional fee, families can also take a spin on historic Nunley’s Carousel, which was made famous by Billy Joel’s Waltz #1 (“Nunley’s Carousel”), as a tribute to his beloved ride.
Photo by Chuck Fishman
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Long Island's air and space museum, Cradle of Aviation Museum is dedicated to preserving Long Island's rich aerospace heritage of discovery and to inspiring future generations through science and technology.
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