This might be the sweetest event in Topeka! This Saturday, Sept. 30, is the second annual Kansas Chocolate Festival. This means Downtown will be filled with chocolate. Well, not exactly the Willy Wonka Chocolate River, but go with us on this. You don’t want to miss it! Here are the top five things you absolutely must do or see when you’re living it up at this year’s Kansas Chocolate Festival:
- Special Chocolate Experiences
Bring on the sweet perks! Several downtown businesses will have special Chocolate Fest features including: two chocolate fountains in David’s Jewelers, Chocolate Beer at HHB BBQ and chocolate pedicure or manicures at Avenue Hair Salon.
- Live Music
Have your folding chair at the ready. You’re in for a treat! Restless Native, Kyler Carpenter and Kangaroo Ali will all be performing during the chocolate festivities.
- Fun for the Whole Family
There is no better place for your kids to work off that inevitable sugar rush than at the children’s play area on the 600 block of South Kansas Avenue. Purchase a $10 wristband and your kid will be guaranteed all day play! And before you head home for the day, be sure to stop by the MARS Nascar driving simulator. The kids are guaranteed to love it!
- Stage Demonstrations
Be sure to stop by the south stage at 9th and Kansas to observe and take part in the various day’s activities. Hear from Hazel Hill’s Nick Xidis and Scott Nichols as they speak on the topics of the process of making chocolate - “From Bean to Bar”- and cooking with chocolate, respectively. And if you haven’t consumed enough chocolate already, the public is invited to sign up for the Chocolate Pudding Eating Contest (adult and child divisions).
- CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE & MORE CHOCOLATE
Here’s the sweet stuff you’ve been waiting for. Get your chocolate fix ten-times over as you sample the goods from chocolatiers from across five states. Topeka’s own Hazel Hill Chocolate Traditions will have samples of fudge buffalo all day, beginning at 10 a.m., as well as hazel pops, peanut brittle and fudge. Hazel Hill will also offer a pretzel dipping station and a caramel apple station outside in front of its shop. And as you taste your way down Kansas Ave, enjoy a variety of dishes and wares from 20 different food trucks and more than 20 vendors.
Can't get enough? Chocolate After Dark starts at 6 p.m. As we are posting there are a few tickets left.