Everyone knows New Year’s resolutions are just meant to be broken. Go ahead and indulge your sweet tooth at the Valley’s sweetest event – the 24th annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9-10 in Historic Downtown Glendale. The event will also feature a celebration of arts, culture and romance.
Attendees won’t know where to start first as they take in the array of nearly 40 chocolate purveyors, featuring unique delights like Mexican hot chocolate, salted chocolate honey caramel, banana chocolate or turtle crepes, chocolate lemonade and chocolate salsa. Or, for more mainstream delicacies, find chocolate-covered strawberries, bananas, cheesecakes and extensive varieties of fudge. Even non-chocolate lovers can find sweet and savory treats galore to tempt the taste buds.
The Chocolate Affaire is presented by Arizona’s famous candy makers, Cerreta Candy Company. The candy factory will offer tours all weekend and visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at how their confections are made, and not just chocolate; everything from taffy to caramel and nuts and popcorn. Free shuttles, sponsored by SRP, are provided from the festival to the candy factory. Be sure to get a free sample.
Families with children can enjoy a variety of activities, face-painting, entertainment and more. Cerreta’s chocolate-pizza-making booth is a hit with all ages.
The Chocolate Affaire is an opportunity for artists – whether professional or amateur – to express themselves on canvas, as well. Two opportunities will take place on Saturday, Feb. 9. Artists are invited to paint outdoor scenes in the downtown area, or anywhere in the city, during the Plein Air Painting Competition, which begins at 8 a.m. This event is presented by the Glendale Public Art Program. To find all the details on this competition, visit www.glendaleaz.com/arts/FreeCulturalAndPerformingArtsEvents.cfm#pleinair.
Also on Saturday, budding painters can take part in one of two Paint Nite classes, where artists can paint their own version of a masterpiece. Different designs are offered at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Classes cost a fee. Find more information and register online at https://www.paintnite.com/venues/glendale-chocolate-affaire-10003984.
A third artistic project will take place all weekend long during event hours. All ages are invited to stop by and create art that will be used to beautify a prominent area of downtown Glendale. Artist Kristine Kollasch and her crew will be on site to help everyone express their inner artists and to be part of a fun activity that will help build community pride. This is a free activity presented by the City of Glendale Public Art Program.
This festival is also the Southwest’s largest gathering of romance novelists and attendees can meet authors. A bevy of musical entertainment will be happening throughout the event, as well. For the complete author lineup and entertainment schedule check out www.visitglendale.com.
Event hours are 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The event is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Glendale, in Murphy Park, located at 58th and Glendale avenues. Parking is available at various locations throughout the downtown area, or preferred parking is offered for $10 at the two city parking garages, both of which are accessible from 59th Avenue. For more parking information and directions, visit www.visitglendale.com.
For more information on Glendale’s festivals, visit www.visitglendale.com or call our special events hotline at 623-930-2299.