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The Chocolate Show at Olympia’s National Hall

The Chocolate Show at Olympia’s National Hall

The Chocolate Show is back for its third year and has been strategically placed as the grand finale of Chocolate Week (12-18 October).

Organisers, Salon du Chocolat, will be presenting a new line up of features for the 2015 London edition of The Chocolate Show, which will take place at Olympia’s National Hall, 16-18th October. With exhibitors such as Rococo, Paul a Young, Hotel Chocolat, Divine, Marou, Willie’s Cacao and many more, it’s the event of the year for chocolatiers.

Guests will also get the chance to get involved in the chocolate-making process by making their own bars of chocolate. HB Ingredients, Bean to Bar UK and Paul Wayne–Gregory will be demonstrating the techniques behind the chocolate making process and how you can achieve this at home.

As part of The Chocolate Show’s dedication to raising awareness of fine chocolate, a “Bean To Bar” area has been introduced, showcasing artisan makers exhibiting and selling chocolate made straight from the bean. Alongside this, bean to bar champions Cocoa Runners are bringing artisans with them from across the globe, giving you access to many brands previously unavailable in the UK.

Guests will also be able to take a break from all the indulgence in the Healthy Chocolate Area exploring the latest trend for chocolate that is also good for you. Exhibitors Sweet Virtues and friends will be showcasing just how well chocolate can fit into a balanced diet.

Live demonstrations of patisserie and chocolate recipes will continue to captivate guests, with a line up filled with your favourite patisserie chefs such as Will Torrent, Hideko Kawa, Paul A Young, GBBO winner Edd Kimber and restaurateurs Chris & Jeff Galvin will be showcasing culinary masterpieces live on stage for your entertainment and you might just be able to pick up some tips to wonder and amaze.

For those who like a bit of avant garde, cocoa-infused fashion, The Chocolate Fashion Show will be displaying pieces from designers, who’ll be making their collections out of chocolate. You can check out of preview of a few of the dresses in St Pancras station during Chocolate Week.

And finally, The Great British Spiced Chocolate Challenge (GBSCC) is set to truly spice up Olympia, with the final round of the challenge being judged live at the show. Over 100 professional and amateur chocolatier entrants will have each created a new spiced chocolate sensation, using spices from British artisan spice company Seasoned Pioneers. The winning product will be fast-tracked into a top London food hall in time for Christmas 2015.

The Chocolate Show, Olympia’s National Hall, 16-18th October, click for more information

[IMAGE: salonduchocolat]

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