Chocoholics tempted by festival
The annual Chocolate Week is taking place this year from October 5th to October 14th and celebrates all forms of the cocoa treats.
According to the organisers of the week, British people eat around seven ounces of chocolate per week and the UK chocolate industry is worth around £3.5 billion.
Events happening in the capital as part of the week-long chocfest include the popular Chocolate Unwrapped show. Expected to attract more than 6,000 people, the exhibition is aimed at anyone who loves chocolate and will feature around 70 companies showcasing their products. There is also a special Theatre Kitchen that will host demonstrations from British and international chocolatiers.
The two-day event is taking place at the London Film Museum's new space in the Covent Garden area of the city. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children.
For foodies enjoying stays in central London hotels, there is also the chance to attend a special supper club event on October 12th involving chocolate. Organised by Hotel Chocolat and based on the unusual cacao cuisine style of cooking at the Boucan Hotel & Restaurant in St Lucia, the event is being held at Roast+Conch in Covent Garden.
The menu will feature cocoa throughout the meal and tickets for the meal cost £75 per person and include a four-course dinner menu with by four expertly matched wines.
A new documentary about chocolate will also be premiered during the week-long celebration. Nothing Like Chocolate is narrated by Susan Sarandon and looks at the history of the cocoa bean and the efforts to ensure chocolate is ethically and sustainably produced.
The film recently won Best of the Fest at Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Best Documentary at the ITN Los Angeles Film Festival. Directed by Kum Kum Bhavnani, the UK premiere of the film takes place at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton on October 8th.