Thursday, January 21, 2010

Salem's So Sweet Chocolate Festival is Fast-Approaching

Salem’s So Sweet 2010

Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival

Over a dozen artfully carved ice sculptures will grace downtown Salem starting February 6 as part of the 8th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival.

While the photos above are from a prior year's festival, this year's Ice Sculpture Themes will range from the Eiffel Tower to the Salem Witch. This year will also feature an ice sculpting demonstration at 1:00 p.m. downtown Salem on February 6.

Over 30 downtown businesses will offer discounts and free chocolate during the weekend as well. The festival officially kicks off with a scrumptious Chocolate and Wine Tasting event in Hamilton Hall February 5 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Salem Main Streets, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, and local retailers, restaurants and businesses invite you to attend the 8th annual Salem’s So Sweet, Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival. A decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures and Valentine’s Day shopping…don't miss Salem's sweetest event of the year!

The Tasting, on Friday, February 5 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, at Hamilton Hall, 9 Chestnut Street. This luscious tasting event features wine, beer and chocolate samplings from restaurants, stores and sweet shops. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at the Salem Chamber of Commerce, 265 Essex Street, or at Hamilton Hall the night of the event.

In celebration of the chocolate weekend, many of Salem’s finest restaurants will feature special chocolate offerings on their menus, including desserts, cocktails, and inventive sauces. Participating Salem retailers will offer in-store promotions, innovative displays and items geared toward chocolate and Valentine’s Day. Once again, Golden Tickets will be available in downtown Salem. Pick up your Golden Ticket and have it validated at participating businesses (no purchase necessary) then enter to win a Salem's So Sweet gift basket. The Salem's So Sweet gift basket features many fine items from area retailers.

Not to be missed are a dozen sparkling ice sculptures on display throughout downtown Salem, and Pickering Wharf on Saturday, February 6th & Sunday, 7th. Max from Where the Wild Things Are, a phoenix rising from the flames, the Eiffel Tower and the Salem Witch are among this year's ice sculptures. Maps showing the locations of the ice sculptures can be picked up at participating retailers and restaurants.

Schedule of Events :

Chocolate and Wine Tasting - Friday, February 5 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Hamilton Hall (tickets $20)

Ice Sculptures on Display - Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7 in Downtown Salem and Pickering Wharf.

Ice Sculpting demonstration, February 6, 1pm at Pickering Wharf.

Promotions, Events, Window Decorating Contest and Great Shopping - February 6 - 14.

Valentine's Day - Sunday, February 14

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