Carolina Chocolate Festival Celebrates Charity and Chocolate
Have you ever wondered what's happening on the Crystal Coast this time of year? Just because it's the off-season in coastal North Carolina, doesn't mean there isn't anything to do. In fact, one of the most popular local festivals happens this month. Read up on all of the luscious details right here.
The Carolina Chocolate Festival
The month of February is all about one thing on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina: chocolate! The Carolina Chocolate Festival kicks off the month in a very sweet way. What better way is there to get in the spirit of Valentine's Day and shop for that special someone?
Saturday and Sunday, February 6-7, you'll find wall-to-wall chocolate in every form imaginable from dripping to baked to frozen and beyond. The chocolate vendors hail from all over North Carolina and sometimes past the state line.
The chocolate festival is the main feature but there are other events that surround the festival (keep reading to find out more). It's all chocolate all the time, baby. Get out your calendars, mark off the dates, and get your Carolina Chocolate Festival tickets now.
The Charity Behind the ChocolateWhat you may not know about the Carolina Chocolate Festival is the dedication and effort that goes into Eastern North Carolina's largest chocolate festival from its tireless volunteers and sponsors.
The festival was the brainchild of the late John Green, who had a vision of partnering with local non-profits and producing a team effort for raising money, all while reaping the benefits together. Chocolate made that happen!
Over the past twelve years, the Carolina Chocolate Festival has raised $430,000 for charities including the Carteret County Domestic Violence Program, Second Blessings Outreach Ministries, Carteret County 4-H, Revive Student Ministries, and Beaufort Sister Cities. Annually they also create scholarships for local high school graduates. You can rest assured knowing that you're supporting an event that gives back to the local community.
Carolina Chocolate Festival EventsAlongside the actual chocolate festival, there are a variety of additional chocolate-laden events that surround it.
- Pro/Am Chocolate Fantasy Challenge
- Cocoa 5K/Fun Run
- Chocolate Spa
- Cake Walk
Visit the Carolina Chocolate Festival's website for everything you need to know about all of these fun and fabulous events. Bring your family, bring your friends!
You may also be interested in the hourly pudding-eating contests, chocolate door prizes, festival chocolate bars and drawing for the grand prize trip to Hershey Park.
Carolina Chocolate Festival tickets are currently on sale for $8 (adult), $2 (children ages 5-12). The festival hours are Saturday, February 6 from 9a.m. to 6p.m. and Sunday, February 7 from 10a.m. to 3p.m. We'll see you there! Be ready for death by chocolate. There's no better way to go.
Do you have your tickets to the 2016 Carolina Chocolate Festival?