July 19, 2024

Chocoholics unite for annual Chocolatefest

On Saturday, Jan. 31 Knoxville hosted Chocolatefest at the Knoxville Expo Center. The event consisted of local chocolate and bakery vendors lining up in rows and providing samples to guests. The fest had a silent auction with all proceeds donated towards the Ronald McDonald House.

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Vendors gather at Chocolatefest to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.

Chocolate. Did that grab your attention? If so, you might want to keep an eye out for the annual Chocolatefest that comes to Knoxville.

On Saturday, Jan. 31  Knoxville hosted Chocolatefest at the Knoxville Expo Center.  The event consisted of local chocolate and bakery vendors lining up in rows and providing samples to guests. The fest had a silent auction with all proceeds donated towards the Ronald McDonald House.

The event cost $15 per person, which includes a box to fill with free samples from all the local chocolate makers. VIP tickets were $30.  The chocolate samples were brought to each VIP patron while they sat and enjoyed the performances with an array of acts ranging from musicians to dancers to a Paula Dean impersonator.

People of all ages came out to support the event. Laura Darnell, a college student, was eager to attend and happy to taste the assortment of treats.

“Although there are a lot of people here, I enjoyed being able to taste chocolates from several different vendors,” said Darnell.

Rochell Hart of “Candy By Ro” was one of the vendors at the event. Hart has been running the company for about four years now and has chocolate, fudge and other goodies for every event. She also creates gluten and sugar free treats. For more information you can visit their website here.

At the end of the day, it wasn’t just the chocolate that made the event worthwhile.

“It was a great way to support a good cause,” said Darnell.

Edited by Jessica Carr