-“TRICK OR TREAT!!!”
Yes, horror of horrors, it’s that time of year again: delirious children hyped up on sugar, parading the streets demanding Augustus Gloop-esque amounts of sweets, treats and bakes. If this doesn’t sound like your idea of an ideal Saturday evening and you’d rather enjoy some chocolate yourself (sorry kids!), why not take a trip to Paris and visit Le Salon du Chocolat? As Audrey Hepburn says as Sabrina in the film of the same name, ‘Paris is always a good idea’.
From 28th October to 1st November, you can enjoy chocolate treats without the tricks all weekend long. Hundreds of chocolatiers, confectioners, pastry makers and cocoa experts will be on hand to educate, discuss and conduct tastings at the Paris Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre. The show celebrates chocolate in all its forms, even in some more unusual forms such as a 6-metre high chocolate bear created by the famous sculptor Richard Orlisnki in partnership with Christelle Brua, the Pastry Chef of the Pré Catelan. Another unique celebration of chocolate as part of the exhibition is the Chocolate Fashion Show with clothes made with or inspired by the world’s favourite treat. You only have to look at photos of the shows over the past years to see some of the fantastic creations previously showcased. The show comes of age this year, its 21st edition and promises to be the best yet!
Entry is €14 for adults, €6.50 for children aged between 3 and 12 and free for under threes. Buy your tickets here: http://www.salonduchocolat.fr/tickets.aspx. If you are travelling to Paris for the event by plane with Air France or KLM, you can even benefit from discounted fares.
If you can’t make the trip to Paris, versions of the show will also take place in other locations in France later in the year:
Lyon in the Centre de Congrès – Cité Internationale from 6th -8th November
Marseille at the Esplanade MUCEM from 20th-22nd November