For the Love of Chocolate

For the Love of Chocolate: Long Grove’s Bite-Size Celebration

Friday, May 14, 5–7pm

Saturday, May 15, 10am–6pm

Sunday, May 16, 10am–6pm


A Bite-Size Event That’s All About Chocolate

We are excited to announce the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association’s (HDLGBA) new bite-size event that’s focused on ALL THINGS CHOCOLATE!  We’re planning demos, classes, presentations, experiences, vendors, chocolatiers, entertainment and so much more. Hear about the history of chocolate, how it’s grown, sourced, and made. Learn how to taste craft chocolate correctly. Watch a demo to see how to make chocolate and chocolate treats at home! Our industry experts will be here to entertain, educate, energize, and engage attendees into the wonderful world of chocolate!


Why We’re Calling this a “Bite-Size” Event

The HDLGBA created a smaller, new outdoor event (replacing Chocolate Fest) that allows us to experience ALL THINGS CHOCOLATE in a safe way for our attendees, staff and volunteers. Outdoor events are currently required to meet the State of Illinois Phase 4 Reopening Guidelines due to the Covid-10 Pandemic. Attendance must be limited to meet space requirements and ticketing is needed to manage attendance and seating in our gated and/or tent areas.

To ensure we are following these guidelines, you can expect:

  • less people than a typical “fest in Long Grove”
  • required mask wearing
  • social distancing
  • seated experiences and time limits for ticketed access
  • advanced, online registration is required to attend.


Where to Find the Chocolate and More!

Brothers’ Field, 344 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove

Chocolate Experience Tent, Chocolate Expo Tent, Hay Wagon Stage, Chocolate Bar, Kids Area
Tickets required for access. Each Chocolate Expo Session requires an additional fee and ticket per session.

400 Block of Robert Parker Coffin Road

From Old McHenry to the historic Covered Bridge
Chocolate Vendor Row, Main Stage
Tickets required for access.

Locations Throughout Downtown

Free Live Music Performances by Chicago area singers, songwriters and musicians.

Sip, Shop and Dine in Town

Other than necessary ticketed areas, the entire downtown is open for all visitors! We encourage all of our attendees to visit our retail merchants, restaurants, wine bars and brewery during their visit where they will find various chocolate-related products and treats.


What’s Happening at the Event

Chocolate Experience Tent

Indulge your senses when you stop here for a visit or two throughout your day.

Watch our chocolate artist in action.
Bret Huisman, a chocolate sculptor from Wisconsin will be carving new chocolate creations on each day of the event. In addition to the sculpting station where Bret will be creating chocolate art, there will also be a chocolate fountain on display and a chocolate river.

Take in the scent of chocolate cotton candy while it’s spun on site.
Jeff and Terri Taylor, Owners of Ma and Pa’s Candy in downtown Long Grove will be showcasing their new cotton candy cart.



Chocolate Expo Tent

These immersive sessions provide attendees the opportunity to watch demonstrations, learn all about chocolate and taste delectable treats. Registration and fee required for each session. Seating is limited to 50 per session. More presentations are in the works! Check back or follow our Facebook page for updates.

“Chocolate for Your Soul” Yoga
A half hour, all standing Yoga Class to start your Chocolate Journey weekend off—mind, body and soul.


Wellness with Roxie and the Health Benefits of Chocolate
Learn how to make a healthy Chocolate smoothie and all the health benefits that go along with that. You will walk away with the recipe and a delicious Chocolate treat that’s healthy for you.

Presenter: Roxanne DeFord is a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach and Yoga Instructor. She uses a mind, body, spirit approach to coach clients and groups to overcome the blocks to enjoying a healthy lifestyle. She also loves teaching healthy cooking classes, leading yoga and meditation and has given hundreds of talks on a variety of health topics.


The Love Story of Chocolate and Wine
There are few combinations as ionic as wine, chocolate and love, and this love connection has deep roots. You won’t want to miss this session that will intrigue your pallet, tastebuds, and heart at the same time.

Presenters: Ben and JJ Niernberg, Owners of Corked Wine Bar (132 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove), wine connoisseurs and educators on wine pairings, tastings, and styles of whites, reds, blends and all wines.


Tempering Chocolate and Creating Barks
Watch how candy is made and bring home a variety of recipes to re-create these sweet delights at home, using what you may already have in your kitchen cabinets.

Presenter: Pat Murphy, Owner of Ultimate Confections, Wauwatosa, WI. His passion and creativity is evident in his sweet productions.

Chocolate Bar

Creative chocolate beverages available for purchase. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic options available.

Chocolate Vendors

Visit our chocolate vendor booths to purchase delicious chocolate confections made by local chocolate stores, confectioners and makers who use chocolate to fuel their creations.

Current Vendor List

  • Ultimate Confections

More vendors have applied and will be shared soon!

Are you interested in a vendor space for your business? Do you make unique chocolate confections? If so, this event is the perfect place to promote your business to consumers. Sign up today for a booth along our Chocolate Row! Booths are limited and are exclusively for chocolate-related vendors, because this bite-size event celebrates the world of chocolate. You will be able to promote and sell your creations to our event guests. Pre-packaged items are currently the only allowed products due to health and safety guidelines for this event. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, click the button below to learn more.

Chocolate Vendor Information




A variety of bands, solo artists and other entertainers will be performing around town. Additional performers and locations will be added to the schedule as they are confirmed.

Friday, May 14, 2021


Tony Ocean

Brothers’ Field Stage, 5pm-7pm
VIP Preview Party


Saturday, May 15, 2021


Burnt Biscuits

Main Stage, 10am-12pm
Burnt Biscuits, band from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, performs vintage bluegrass, country and gypsy jazz as well as covers everyone will recognize! Steeped in the traditions of pre-war jazz and bluegrass music, founders Zach Draper and Elliott Esparza engage audiences with their unique approach to pop songs and traditional American classics. While music lovers will appreciate the influence that artists like Tony Rice, Nickel Creek, and Django Reinhardt have on the Burnt Biscuits sound; it’s their unique energy and musical intuition that wins the band a broader appeal among fans. Whether it be an Irish pub, supper club or a live outdoor event,  Burnt Biscuits brings you back to a time when banjos and steel strings were king.


Split Hook

Main Stage, 1pm-3pm
Local classic rock band blending soft rock original music with timeless classics from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Members include singer/songwriter Ken Kuhn rhythm acoustic 12 & 6 string guitars – Mike Ferguson lead guitar electric & acoustic  – Scott Hume electric bass & acoustic bass.


Ludy Tunes
Main Stage, 4pm-6pm


MooNie, Balloon Artist, Magician, Live DJ
Brothers’ Field Stage, 11am-4pm

MooNiE the Magnif’Cent: Clown. Juggler. Foolish Mortal!
(Philip Earl Johnson) Is a one man European Style comedy act using classic clown routines, physical stunts and audience participation. With over 8000 performances of The MooNiE Show, seen by millions, he has had long career preforming at Renaissance Festivals around the country including the Bristol Renaissance Festival, among many others, for the last 30 years. He was voted the number one act in the country six years in a row in the Renaissance Festival Podcast Awards. His performances have been seen in many theaters, fringe festivals in Los Angeles, Melbourne, Australia and Minneapolis, as well as private events of all kinds. PhilIp is also an award winning actor with credits at theatres such as The Eisenhower Theatre at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Doolittle Theatre in Hollywood, The Goodman Theatre, The Steppenwolf Theatre, The Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Writers Theatre in Glencoe and The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Television credits include Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Empire, Presumed Innocent, Mind Games and Dharma and Greg.


Grant Milliren Duo
Brothers’ Field Stage, 4pm-6pm
The Grant Milliren Duo performs indie/alternative rock fronted by Chicagoland singer-songwriter, Grant Milliren. They play a mix of Grant’s original music and covers by many artists including Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews Band, Tom Petty and more!


Sunday, May 16, 2021

Big Al Wetzel Band

Main Stage, 1pm-3pm
Allen Wetzel is a published singer/song-writer, accomplished multi-instrumentalist, and live performance veteran who is perfectly at home on any stage. Drawing from fan favorites of every genre (including Rock/Country/Pop/Blues/Funk/Reggae to name a few), the Big Al Wetzel Band delivers a jaw dropping spectrum of first class live music for high end events large and small throughout the Chicago Tri State area and beyond.


Hello Dave

Main Stage, 4pm-6pm
Hello Dave has been touring the country and the world for nearly 30 years.  Their brand of music, dubbed Chicago Twang, has tickled the ears of millions.  Himebaugh, Magoo, Big Al, Marty and Pete bring their passion to the stage for every show whether it’s opening for country musics biggest acts or playing for American troops on a plywood stage in the dessert of Iraq. Find their music on all the digital platforms.


Balloon Artist, Magician, Live DJ, Music Mania Show
Brothers’ Field Stage, 11am-4pm


Matt Ray
Brothers’ Field Stage, 4pm-6pm
Matt Ray plays a variety of rock music including: alternative, classic, originals, and some surprises! To this musician there is no such thing as just playing a cover song because each song becomes his own version.  A live performance is about having a fun time playing music and connecting with the audience. No matter what song is being played or the size of the crowd Matt is musically committed to making it feel like an intimate experience.


Kids Activities and Entertainment

  • Balloon Artist
  • Magician
  • Live DJ
  • Music Mania Show
  • Pony rides
  • Kids games


Ticket Options

Below are the options available for purchasing tickets to “For the Love of Chocolate: Long Grove’s Bite-Size Celebration.”  The HDLGBA is dedicated to bringing quality events and programs to our community, while supporting the historic downtown business district. We appreciate your continued support and participation. Proceeds from our events help the HDLGBA to continue our mission and allow us to support community projects like Covered Bridge Park.


VIP Chocolate Preview Party

Friday, May 14, 2021

Be the first to preview our Chocolate Row, Chocolate Experience Tent and our Chocolate Expo Tent. Each ticket includes: goodie bag, commemorative t-shirt, cash bar with signature drink special, a private mini concert by Tony Ocean and chocolate surprises. Limited tickets available.


All Access Pass

Saturday, May 15 AND Sunday, May 16, 2021
$35.00 for both days

Tickets include goodie bag (while supplies last), full access on BOTH days from 10am-6pm to Chocolate Row and The Chocolate Experience Tent, including all entertainment in both locations throughout both days. Limited tickets available.


Daily Access Pass

Saturday, May 15, 2021 OR Sunday, May 16, 2021
$20.00 for one day

Tickets include goodie bag (while supplies last), full access on ONE day from 10am to 6pm to Chocolate Row and The Chocolate Experience Tent, including all entertainment in both locations throughout that day. Limited tickets available.


Chocolate Expo Sessions

Saturday, May 15, 2021
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Tickets start at $15.00

Each demonstration or educational experience is a separately ticketed activity.


Purchase Tickets



There’s always something happening in historic downtown Long Grove. Visit our main Events and Festivals page for 2021 dates and links to each event.



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