Reviewed by Emma Rogers
This week is Chocolate Week! To celebrate, the Chocolate Show exhibition has been organised to demonstrate the wealth of chocolate available on the UK market and new craft chocolates soon to be available in stores. The show is open to both trade and the public and is a MUST for any chocolate lovers.
We visited today (13 October 2017) but the show is on until Sunday 15 October 2017. We were met first of all by some known names in chocolate (including Divine Chocolate) and were offered some samples to try. In fact, most of the show is about sampling different types of chocolate, from different countries around the world, with different flavours and in bars, truffles and even the shape of shoes! The show isn’t aimed at just one type of buyer, so you can buy some of the bars, or make orders if, for instance, you needed wedding favours made. There are also suppliers and manufacturers from South America and parts of Europe, so you can taste different localities of chocolate. Apart from chocolate shoes, there are also chocolatiers from Kent who make the Triathlon bar (their version of a Marathon!) and macarons from their shop called Sylvia and Terry. For posh chocolates, try R Chocolate London or Rococoa London which both make exquisite boxes of high end chocolates. So free Chocolate is a company dating back to 1947 which produces bars of chocolate which are milk free (made with rice milk), vegan and sugar free. Some of the chocolates are flavoured as well, and from what we could tell, there was no different in taste.
Several well-known chefs and cooks are also demonstrating their recipes in the theatres, and tasting sessions are also available at times throughout the day. Be quick though, because they’re very popular.
Tickets are from £8 to £40 but you do get to sample a lot of chocolate for that price!
For more information or to book tickets visit www.thechocolateshow.co.uk.
Olympia National Hall, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX