America's largest chocolate event to feature over 90 vendor booths, plus celebrity chef demos and entertainment.
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The Chocolate Expo, America's largest and most unique chocolate event, will be returning for its annual appearance at Long Island's Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY, on Sunday, March 5, 2017, 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, hard ciders and much more from local, regional and even international vendors, all while touring one of the largest air and space museums in the world. In addition, The Chocolate Expo will feature demos by celebrity chefs, musical entertainment and a "Kids' Zone" for children's activities.
Participating chocolatiers include 2 Chicks with Chocolate, Chocolate Moonshine, Carousel Sweets, CB Stuffer, CocoArt, Chocolate Works, Emalyn Sweets, Neuhaus Chocolates, Teacher's Recipe Fudge and The Pretzel Princess, among others.
While many vendors now offer healthy dark chocolate choices, HST Wellness Solutions and Raw Chocolate Love focus on healthy treats, while Dragon's Nest Bake Baked Goods and Chez Edwidge similarly focus on gluten-free baked goods to meet special dietary needs and preferences.
Unusual items at The Chocolate Expo will include Bacon
Bites' chocolate-covered bacon, 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 again have their 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 Brussels sprouts infused with chocolate and Jessy's Pastries will offer chocolate empanadas. First-time participating vendor Hannah's Meatballs will be offering meatballs in a unique hickory-smoked chocolate BBQ sauce.
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.
Non-alcoholic beverages will be offered by Drink More Good, Finger Lakes Harvest, Long Island Festival Catering and Sail Away Coffee, among others.
Chocolate and food-related demonstrations will also be conducted in the Museum's theater by celebrity chefs Tony Albanese (Cake Boss Season 1 and Cupcake Wars), Barret Beyer (Hell's Kitchen Season 11) and Larry Rosenberg (Guy's Grocery Games).
DJ Chef, winner of Cutthroat Kitchen, will be spinning disks and sampling his desserts in Hangar 2 at the Museum throughout the day for the musical entertainment.
For children, the Museum's Junior Jet Club will be turned into a "Kids Zone" featuring free face painting and balloon twisting activities.
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.
"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. A new "5PM Special" ticket, which is only $10/person (all ages 2 and up), can also be purchased online for admission after 5pm.
Tickets include admission to both the Cradle of Aviation and the Nassau County Firefighters Museum (regularly $20/adult and $17/child ages 2-12).
Because of the enormous interest in The Chocolate Expo, we highly recommend that tickets be purchased online in advance at www.TheChocolateExpo.com.
For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.TheChocolateExpo.com. 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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