Chocolate World Expo at the Palisades Center

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re getting quite the chocolate show at the Palisades Center.

The Chocolate World Expo will have tastings (of chocolate and wine), sales, seminars, giveaays, coupons, contests, music, entertainment and more. It will have 50 vendros selling chocolates, food, ice cream, baked goods, cheese and wine.

Here are the basics:

What: Chocolate World Expo 2008
Where: Palisades Center Mall, Nyack, NY – 4th Floor (Map it)
When: Sunday, February 10, 2008
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tickets: Adult: $10.00
Senior/Child: $5.00

* 20% discount if purchased online

Click on www.chocolateworldexpo.com to buy tickets.

Meantime, here are some facts from their press materials:

·        Chocolate World Expo is the only major chocolate show in the New York metro area to have ever received official “Farmers Market� status from Bob Lewis, Chief Marketing Representative of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets and founder of the famous NYC Greenmarkets.  We will actually have more farmers participating in this event than most seasonal farmers markets in our region typically get!  Examples of our farmers include Ives Cream, which makes premium chocolate ice cream using milk from their own cows, and the farmer-cooperative Cabot Creamery, which makes great cheddar cheeses to pair with fine chocolates.

·        Chocolate World Expo is that only major chocolate show in the New York metro area that will offer both wine tastings (including chocolate wines and chocolate ports) and direct onsite sales by the wineries.  Our wine expert, Eli Hardof of idrinkwine.com, will be giving presentations on pairing chocolates and wines.

·        Chocolate World Expo is the only major chocolate show in the New York metro area to emphasize and accommodate the growing demand for high-quality kosher dairy and parve products from companies such as Monsey-based Le Chocolat. Additional kosher offerings will be presented by the Black & White Cookie Company, Heidi & Arthur Chocolatiers, Organic Nectars, Entenmann’s, Goold Orchards, Cabot, Pickle Licious and others.

·        Chocolate World Expo is the only major chocolate show in the New York metro area to feature low glycemic products, including a chocolate dessert sauce and gelatos, to accommodate the needs of diabetics.

·        Chocolate World Expo is the only major chocolate show in the New York metro area to offer a great line-up of entertainment ranging from a Beatles tribute band to a 1970’s retro band to a Jamaican steel drum band.   Morris Katz, known as the “world’s fastest artist� and an old-time Catskill resort entertainer who has appeared numerous times on television, will be demonstrating his talents and even creating some paintings using chocolate.

·        Just for fun… Chocolate World Expo is having a “chocolate dog� photo contest.

·        Chocolate World Expo will raise significant funds to build a year-round therapeutic riding center for over 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities in Camp Venture’s programs and group homes. Additionally, 5% of net proceeds will help teach tolerance in our schools through the Spring Valley-based Holocaust Museum & Study Center and 5% will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland.

My goal and that of the Chocolate World Expo planning committee (which includes five Rockland County legislators from both political parties, a local town councilman, the Rockland County Sheriff and a numerous local business leaders) is to build CWE into the biggest and best chocolate show in America by 2009!  As we work towards this goal, we are already considering expansion of our program to include a “Chocolate Week� at local restaurants, a chocolate-themed film festival and other chocolate events.

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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