Where: Southbank Centre Square (behind the Royal Festival Hall), London SE1 8XX
What is it?
From 10am on Friday 13th December until 6pm on Sunday 15th December 2013, the Southbank Centre Square, part of London’s Southbank Centre, will come alive with all things chocolatey as The Chocolate Festival returns; just in time for Christmas.
At the festival there will be an exclusive chocolate afternoon tea hosted by French chocolatier Valrhona based on characters and events from Joanne Harris’ international best-selling novel Chocolat. Using four different chocolates from its new collection, the tea will feature beautiful chocolate scones, savouries and pastries specially created by Andrew Gravett, Valrhona’s Patissier for Northern Europe.
A chocolatey afternoon tea will be available during the festival. Served in the comfortable surroundings of Brasserie Blanc, just opposite the festival site, there will be two tea sittings on Saturday 14th December; one at 2pm and the other at 4.30pm. Prices will be £25 per person for the Standard Chocolate Afternoon Tea or £35 for the Champagne Afternoon Tea, which comes with a glass of bubbles! To book your place just visit the festival website.
Chocolatiers who will be showing and selling their delicious and innovative creations include L’Artisan du Chocolat, Rococo and Duffy’s Red Star Chocolate. Other sweet chocolatey treats on offer will include brownies, chocolate cakes, churros with chocolate, as well as a great selection of Christmas themed chocolate gifts.
There will also be a range of demonstrations and a daily chocolate quiz, hosted by well-known chef Valentina Harris at The Chocolate Festival Cookery Theatre. From 1pm on Saturday 14th December there will also be a series of Masters of Chocolate Masterclasses from leading chocolatiers including Rococo and Paul Wayne Gregory.
Located just behind the Royal Festival Hall, this is the tenth time that this popular foodie event has taken place on the South Bank. The Chocolate Festival promotes the exceptional and exciting chocolatiers and creates awareness for quality chocolate as well as ethical trading practices.
More info: www.festivalchocolate.co.uk