Chocolate Fest

“The Long Grove Chocolate Festival will return to the historic streets and parkways of downtown Long Grove for the first time in three years, May 20 to 22.    After a long pandemic hiatus, organizers of this season’s Chocolate Fest are stepping things up with three days of live music, family activities, chocolate vendors, and chocolate experiences!   Tickets, which are only $5, are now on sale through Ticketweb.com.

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Chocolate Artisans

Above anything else, Chocolate Fest is known for its amazing array of chocolate – i.e., foods and drinks everyone loves made with or dipped in chocolate.  Vendors from far and near will be dishing out delectable treats like chocolate donuts, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate cupcakes, cake pops, cocoa bombs, chocolate truffles, chocolate croissants, chocolate eclairs, chocolate macarons, hand-dipped fine chocolates, chocolate covered funnel cakes, chocolate popcorn, chocolate cotton candy, frozen hot chocolate, and much more.


Chocolate Experiences

Meanwhile, visitors can engage in a “sensorium of chocolate” at this year’s new Chocolate Tasting Experiences located around the fest.   The Chocolate Tasting Experiences are replacing the Chocolate Experience Tent of previous years, with more of a focus on pairing and tasting.

Chocolate and Wine Pairing at Corked

Sat May 21, 2022 – 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Sun May 22, 2022 – 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM 

308 Old McHenry Rd Historic Downtown Long Grove, Long Grove, IL 60047

$30.00
21 and over

Location – Corked: 132 Old McHenry Rd. Long Grove, IL 60047

Sample wines paired with complimenting chocolates from Long Grove Confectionary led by the owner of Corked, Ben Niernberg, who will guide guests through the flavor profiles they are experiencing in the chocolate and the wine. 4 Pairings

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Chocolate Charcuterie Lessons @ Long Grove Confectionery

Fri May 20, 2022 – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Sat May 21, 2022 – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Sun May 22, 2022 – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Location – Long Grove Confectionery: 114 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, IL 60047

$30.00
All Ages

Chocolate/charcuterie hands-on lesson on how to arrange a chocolate/snack-themed charcuterie board w/ product (est. 1 LB) from the shop. Truffles, bark, pretzels, caramels, roasted nuts, plus a variety of chocolates. Take away – coupon plus charcuterie creation

Charcuterie is not just for meat and cheese. With the growing trend of food grazing, sweets have joined in the fun. Long Grove Confectionery Co. will help you get comfortable playing with chocolate, gummies, pretzels, and nuts to create your own style. Using everyday items, you’ll find in your home you too can master this fun creative dessert option. This is a hands-on workshop where participants will design and create a chocolate charcuterie to take home or share with friends and family during the fest.

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Main Stage Music

As always, Chocolate Fest will host multiple stages of live entertainment and music sprinkled throughout the historic town, from stripped down acoustic artists to Chicago’s biggest party bands.  The main stage lineup is as follows:


Chocolate Activities

For the young and young at heart, Chocolate Fest 2022 will include a dedicated children’s area with complimentary throwback games and thrilling entertainment.  Chocolate Fest also marks the official opening of the spring shopping season in town, with village merchants featuring their own decadent chocolate-themed specialties and sales throughout the event weekend.  It’s the perfect time for visitors to explore and fall in love with a sweet old friend – historic downtown Long Grove!

Kids Zone

Friday, May 20: 12PM – 6PM

01:00PM – 05:00PM Chocolate Arts & Crafts
03:30PM – 04:40PM Ultimate Confections demo
05:00PM – 06:00PM Rum Velvet

Saturday, May 21: 11AM – 5PM

11:00AM – 05:00PM Chocolate Arts & Crafts
12:00PM – 12:40PM Amy Lowe Music
01:00PM – 01:30PM Pie Eating Contest – Heat 1
02:00PM – 02:35PM Robins Dog Show
03:00PM – 03:30PM Pie Eating Contest – Heat 2
03:00PM – 05:00PM AAA Dial A DJ

Sunday, May 22: 11AM – 5PM

11:00AM – 05:00PM Chocolate Arts & Crafts
12:00PM – 12:40PM Super Stolie
01:00PM – 01:30PM Pie Eating Contest – Heat 1
02:00PM – 02:35PM Robins Dog Show
03:00PM – 03:30PM Pie Eating Contest – Heat 2
03:00PM – 05:00PM AAA Dial A DJ

Carnival

Returning this year, a classic carnival with everyone’s favorite rides that will thrill the young and young at heart.  


Chocolate Fest Summary Detail

Dates: May 20, 21, 22

Location: Historic Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047

Hours: Fri, 12 pm – 11 pm, Sat, 10 am – 11 pm, Sun, 10 am – 6 pm

Parking: limited complimentary in all public lots in downtown Long Grove, ride sharing is recommended/encouraged

Press Photos: can be obtained by contacting jody@grimaldipr.com

 


Parking Shuttle Available During Chocolate Fest

PICK-UP/DROP OFF 

**Run a loop between:

Buffalo Grove Park District (parking lot)
530 Bernard Dr., Buffalo Grove, IL.

AND

Archer Rd (in between Robert Parker Coffin & Old McHenry Rd) **next to entrance to Carnival Parking Lot

DAYS/HOURS:

Saturday, 5/21: 10:45am – 11:15pm
Sunday, 5/22: 10:45am – 6:15pm

 


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