Who knew chocolate could be so versatile? You can eat it, drink it, cook with it, sculpt with it, use it in beauty products; heck you can even wear it. The last one is not something I recommend you try at home, but the spectacle is definitely worth observing at The Chocolate Show at Olympia West.
Now entering its second year, the world's largest chocolate show returns from the 17th October - 19th October. Over the course of three days, Salon du Chocolat will treat its guests to talks, workshops, and a chocolate fashion show featuring couture outfits designed by the UK's top chocolatiers and fashion designers.
Of course, visitors will want something to take home with them as a memento of this wonderful experience, so don't forget to check out all the UK and international chocolate brands, who will be exhibiting delicious bits for you to try and buy. Granted these will probably be the shortest lasting mementos in history, because I doubt anyone can resist from tucking in for long.
Tickets can be bought in advance at £12.50 for adults, £10 concessions, and £6 for children. You can also buy on the day, but the prices will go up to £15, £12.50, and £8 respectively.
There are several areas to explore once inside. At the Chocolate Theatre you will be able to watch live demonstrations from artisan chefs, couture companies, and top notch restaurants, including Atul Kochhar, Hotel Chocolat, Marc Demarquette, and Mourad Khiat. The Tasting Room lives up to its name with conference tastings, exploring the different flavours of chocolate.
Children can have fun at the Chocolate Club, where they will make a variety of chocolates, such as bars, lollipops, truffles, and more. Adults will be able to make their own creations too at the Chocolate Atelier.