America's largest chocolate event to feature 100 vendor booths plus appearances by Willy Wonka movie star Paris Themmen, the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car and The Amazing Kreskin.
Garden City, N.Y. - The Chocolate Expo, America's largest and most unique chocolate event, will be returning for a special holiday edition at Long Island's Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY, on Sunday, December 11, 2016, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
At The Chocolate Expo, attendees get to taste, purchase, celebrate and otherwise indulge in delicious gourmet chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, cheeses, wines, spirits and much more from about 100 local, regional and international vendors, while touring one of the largest air and space museums in the world.
In addition, The Chocolate Expo will feature appearances by movie and television icons, demos by celebrity chefs, musical performances, a "Kids' Zone" for children's entertainment and a visit by Santa & Mrs. Claus.
Participating chocolatiers include 2 Chicks with Chocolate, Carousel Sweets, Chocolate Sage, Crakroc Candy, Chocolate Works, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Emalyn Sweets, Hudson Valley Chocolates, MELT Chocolatier, Oliver Kita Chocolates, The Village Chocolate Shop, Teacher's Recipe Fudge and the Pretzel Princess, among others.
While many vendors now offer healthy dark chocolate choices, Raw Chocolate Love and Villakuyaya are two vendors whose exclusive focus is on providing healthy organic-certified dark chocolates with nutritional benefits for consumers. Dragon's Nest Bake Baked Goods and Healthy Gourmet Kitchen similarly focus on gluten-free baked goods to meet special dietary needs and preferences.
For kosher consumers, The Chocolate Expo will have its largest-ever number of kosher vendors including Art Chocolatier, CocoArt, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Glow Chocolatier, Magnolia House Honey, No Whey Chocolate, Raw Chocolate Love, Screme Gelato, TerraNut, The Challah Fairy, The Cheese Guy, The Coffee Bar, Villakuyaya and others.
Unusual items at The Chocolate Expo will include Bacon Bites' chocolate-covered bacon and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer bacon lollipops, chocolate "pizza" from CB Stuffers, chocolate wine from Pazdar Winery, chocolate beer from the Off-Track Brewing Company, vegan chocolate egg creams from Drink More Good and realistic-looking brownies and chocolate sundae candles from Danielle's Candles that are infused with chocolate scents.
For ready-to-eat treats, Aurora Gourmet will have decadent chocolate fountains flowing, while Long Island's own Crazy Crepe Cafe will be making yummy chocolate crepes and Pika's Farm Table will be serving authentic Belgian-style waffles dipped in a choice of white, dark or milk chocolate. An Artistic Taste will be featuring its hugely popular chocolate-infused Brussels sprouts and Jessy's Pastries will offer chocolate empanadas.
Always a major highlight of The Chocolate Expo, wine tastings and sales will be offered by Adirondack Winery, Americana Vineyards, Maiden & Liberty and Warwick Valley Winery, while Yankee Folly Cidery will feature hard ciders. Spirits from Lake George Distillery and from Black Dirt Distillery will round out the line-up of alcoholic beverages at this year's Chocolate Expo.
With all the wonderful and unique gourmet items featured at The Chocolate Expo, visitors will find perfect gifts for everyone on their holiday shopping list!
In celebration of the 45th anniversary of Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, actor Paris Themmem, who played "Golden Ticket" winner Mike Teavee in the original movie starring Gene Wilder, will be making a special appearance at The Chocolate Expo to greet guests, share memories and sign autographs throughout the day.
The Chocolate Expo will pay homage to another popular candy-themed movie of that same era with a display of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car handcrafted on Long Island by Tony Garofalo and driven in earlier this year by actor Dick Van Dyke, star of the 1968 movie.
The Amazing Kreskin, who was the inspiration for the main character in the 2008 movie "The Great Buck Howard" by actor/director Tom Hanks, will be performing his incredible mentalist show in the Cradle of Aviation's Giant Dome Theater at noon.
Chocolate and food-related demonstrations will also be conducted in the Museum's theater by celebrity chefs Tony Albanese (Cake Boss Season 1), Barret Beyer (Hell's Kitchen Season 11) and Larry Rosenberg (author & TV personality).
Musical performances by the a cappella group "Wide Variety" and steampunk group "The Eternal Frontier" will take place throughout the day.
The complete schedule of performances and demos can be found at www.TheChocolateExpo.com.
"Not only does The Chocolate Expo provide a great time for attendees, it also helps to support an outstanding educational institution right here on Long Island," said Andy Parton, Executive Director of the Cradle of Aviation Museum.
Admission to The Chocolate Expo is only $15/adult and $10/child (ages 2-12), when purchased online from www.TheChocolateExpo.com, or $20/adult and $15/child (ages 2-12) at the door, if tickets are still available on the day of the event. Children under 2 years of age are free.
Tickets include admission to both the Cradle of Aviation and the Nassau County Firefighters Museum (regularly $20/adult and $17/child ages 2-12).
Bonus features such as The Amazing Kreskin performance and celebrity chef demos are offered on first-come, first-served basis and, therefore, cannot be guaranteed.
Because of the enormous interest in The Chocolate Expo, it is highly recommend that tickets be purchased online in advance at www.TheChocolateExpo.com, as tickets could be sold out prior to the event. The availability of tickets at the door on the day of the event will be posted to The Chocolate Expo's Facebook page.
In partnership with the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Long Island Cares, a Food Drive will take place on the day of The Chocolate Expo at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Everyone is asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation, and it is not necessary to be a Chocolate Expo attendee to participate in the Food Drive since Long Island Cares donation bins will be located right outside the front of the Cradle of Aviation Museum for drop-off purposes.
For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.TheChocolateExpo.com.
A video overview of The Chocolate Expo can be viewed on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/Oh48kILSsTw
Additional information about the Cradle of Aviation Museum can be found at www.CradleofAviation.org.
ABOUT THE CHOCOLATE EXPO:
The Chocolate Expo is a Baum Image Group event. Prior creations of Baum Image Group include the official Woodstock 35th Anniversary Celebration in 2004 (under license from Woodstock Ventures) and the New York Chocolate Expo.
ABOUT THE CRADLE OF AVIATION MUSEUM:
The Cradle of Aviation Museum celebrates the remarkable accomplishments and contributions of Long Island to our nation's development and to the history of aviation. The Museum features 75 fascinating exhibits, a giant domed-screen theater, the Jet Blue Airways Planetarium, a historic carousel, the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and the Mars-themed Red Planet Cafe.
The Cradle of Aviation Museum is located on Museum Row/Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Garden City, NY, near the Nassau Coliseum, Nassau Community College and Hofstra University. Visitors coming by car should take Exit M4 off the Meadowbrook Parkway onto Museum Row.
For mass transit options, buses N16, N45, and N51 buses stop several blocks from the Museum at Nassau Community College, and anyone taking the Long Island Railroad can reach the Museum by taxi from the Garden City, Mineola and Westbury stations.
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