June 22, 2024

Chocolatefest to raise money for childhood cancer

Chocolatefest will be held in The Knoxville Convention Center.  Jessica Carr/ TNJN
Chocolatefest will be held in The Knoxville Convention Center.
Jessica Carr/ TNJN

Chocolate lovers unite as the time for Chocolatefest comes again. The festival will be held in The Grande Event Center at the Knoxville Expo Center on Feb. 1 from 10a.m-4p.m. All event benefits will go to The Butterfly Fund of East Tennessee.

Admission to the fest is free, but tasting passes are $15 for regular passes and $30 for VIP passes. VIP passes will allow patrons to be seated in a VIP area for live entertainment while their chocolate samples are brought to them.

The fest will have something for every choco-holic. This includes exhibitors who will present what they find to be their best chocolate sample. For those not so interested in the chocolate there will also be exhibitors with coffee, homemade crafts, jewelry and kitchen items.

As for events, the fest promises a silent auction, live entertainment, face painting and a chocolate fountain.

Money raised from Chocolatefest will go to The Butterfly Fund of East Tennessee to support research, treatment and services dedicated to the defeat of childhood cancers. This also includes East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

Misty Barger, co-creater of The Butterfly Fund of East Tennessee, started the organization with her husband and the Harill family after both lost their daughters in 2008 of a childhood cancer named rhabdomyosarcoma. “I hope the proceeds will help children with cancer and their families by providing the hospital with the needed funds to provide the best quality care possible,”Barger said.

Tasting passes can be purchased at the door of the fest or online. The Butterfly Fund of East Tennessee holds three fundraisers each year. A Black Tie Gala, 5K Run/Walk and golf tournament. For more information on how you can help the organization, click here.

Edited by Zach Dennis

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Food aficionado, Jessica Carr, believes her passion for food first began while learning to cook Asian and southern cuisine with her mom. Now a senior journalism major at the University of Tennessee, Carr combines her love for writing and food by cultivating restaurant reviews through her blog. As newly appointed Editor-in-chief of the Tennessee Journalist, the official news website for UT's School of Journalism, Carr plans to build experience and one day be the editor of a food magazine. When she isn’t writing, she’s most likely in a theater enjoying the latest indie film.