The 2011 NYC Chocolate Show

If chocolate is your raison d’etre, or is at least something you really, really like, then you do not want to miss the 14th Annual New York City Chocolate Show. This year, it will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion from Thursday, November 10th through Sunday, November 13th.

The show will feature over 65 chocolate vendors from around the world; food demonstrations incorporating, what else, chocolate; and an area where kids can explore chocolate by using it to make their own creations. If any of the days work for you, I would suggest going Sunday, because many of the vendors offer amazing deals to make sure they don’t go home with excess product. You do have to prepare yourself, though, for the possibility that some items might be sold out (last year was the only time I have had this problem).

The Chocolate Show is a wonderful place to learn about chocolate and indulge in it. It elevates chocolate from a delicious treat to an art form. There are paintings made entirely out of chocolate, as well as spectacular couture molded out of the popular confection. In addition, you will find some of the most beautiful truffles you have ever seen. It’s hard to eat them for fear of destroying their beauty, but not too hard.

For the chocoholics on your holiday shopping list, this is a perfect place to shop. Vendors provide generous samples to help you narrow down the items you will want to purchase, an incredibly difficult task. They offer extremely unique flavor combinations, which is part of the reason I go back year after year. In reality, when am I going to order chocolate from a store on the other side of the country, or the world, for that matter?

The Chocolate Show is my once a year trip to enjoy chocolate-making at its very best. Advance tickets for Thursday, Friday and Sunday are $30 ($35 at the door) and $35 for Saturday ($40 at the door). Check out their website for varying children’s prices. Check it out for yourself at Chocolate Show New York.


Megan Ross