This Event is the Sweetest Thing on the Crystal Coast
You do know what February on the Crystal Coast means, right? Here's a few hints. It's dark. It's rich. It's sweet. It's indulgent. It's delicious. Have you guessed? If you guessed chocolate, you are correct! It is most definitely all about chocolate this month on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina with this annual event that's sure to please the biggest chocolate lover you know and totally satisfy any sweet tooth.
Read more about one of the biggest North Carolina events loved (and craved) by those who live, visit and vacation here. It's the perfect opportunity to plan a North Carolina beach trip in February, you know. Just a thought!
The Carolina Chocolate Festival Facts
Here's the rundown of what you need to know about the Carolina Chocolate Festival. Tell your friends and set out on a chocolate adventure of the best kind.
- It's held annually on the first weekend in February. This year's event is held February 3-5, 2017.
- The event happens at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City, NC.
- It's the largest chocolate festival in Eastern North Carolina.
- Chocolate Festival tickets are $9 for adults, $2 for kids ages 5-12 (kids under 5 are free). Active duty military personnel are given free admission on Sunday with military ID.
Why It's a Chocolate Lover's Paradise
With event highlights that go beyond just the decadent Chocolate Festival itself, it's easy to see why this event is dubbed a chocolate lover's paradise. There's the Chocolate Fantasy Challenge, Cocoa 5k/Fun Run, and the Chocolate Spa, oh my, as well as Pro-Am competitions, a cakewalk and so much more.
There is literally chocolate, chocolate everywhere. You'll find chocolate vendors galore tempting you everywhere you look. From wall-to-wall chocolate cakes and tortes to chocolate bars and ice cream, the event offers more than a sampling of everything chocolate. Join in the fun at the hourly pudding eating contest. Chocolate door prizes are given away throughout the festival, and don't forget to buy your festival chocolate bar for a chance to win the coveted golden ticket.
Celebrating Charity & Chocolate
Chocolate isn't the only thing celebrated here. Charity is the foundation of this event. The Carolina Chocolate festival is a charitable organization, which was the brainchild of the late John Green, who had the vision of partnering local non-profit agencies together, hand-in-hand, to organize an event where they all could reap the benefits, all while enjoying luscious chocolate. Over the past twelve years the festival has donated over $430,000 to these local charities, in addition to scholarships to area high school seniors.
- Carteret County Domestic Violence
- Beaufort Sister Cities
- Revive Student Ministries
- Second Blessings Community Outreach
- Carteret County 4-H
You can read more about these charitable organizations here.
Where to Stay on the Crystal Coast
If you're coming to the North Carolina coast for the Chocolate Festival, then you may as well stay at the beach, right? Right! Go ahead and make it doubly delightful by filling your weekend with chocolate and the beach. Imagine yourself sitting back and relaxing on your oceanfront deck, with your feet propped up and decadent chocolate in your hand as you watch the waves crash onto the shoreline and the sun dances on the sparkling Atlantic waters. Enjoy the simple pleasures of sun, sand, surf—and chocolate, of course. You won't regret it! Check out these beachfront rentals on the Crystal Coast and start making your plans to be here.
Are you going to the biggest Chocolate Festival in Eastern NC this February? Let us know!