Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Chocolate City USA

Sleepy little Burlington, WI has a few claims to fame. One of them is the Nestle chocolate factory. At least once a week you can smell the scent of chocolate in the air - much like brownies. After a battle with Hershey, Pennsylvania Burlington, WI won the right to be called Chocolate City, USA.

Every year to commemorate its title Burlington, WI hosts Chocolate Fest - during Memorial Day week. Each year there is a different theme. The festivities include chocolate tasting, fair, parade, art shows, chocolate geocache, beauty pageant, concerts, chocolate carving contests, boat races, etc.

This year I was ecstatic to be asked to judge the second year of Project Yum-Way - similar to Project Runway. Instead of fabric the contestants had to design fashions with Nestle candy wrappers. It was soo fun - and I hope they ask me next year. We have some talent here!

I also helped serve Grounded Coffee Shop coffee in the Chocolate Experience tent for Chocolate Indulgence Wine & Chocolate tasting. Of course we wore Creations by Willy aprons, "Can-can Couture" - my tribute to Paris. I also discovered Europa Chocovine chocolate wine and Cholive Chruffles. Delicious!

If you are ever in this area of the Midwest during our Festival please stop and smell the chocolate.