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Chocolate Fest set for February 16


By Melissa Robinson
Contributing Editor 

  Some researchers say that in addition to being a delicious treat, chocolate is good for your health. Dark chocolate in particular is known to have flavanols, which have been found to improve arterial blood flow and decrease blood pressure, and some people claim that they not only crave but are addicted to the rich cocoa treat. So in celebration of all that is chocolate, the city of Hampton is celebrating the wonders and delights of chocolate with its annual Chocolate Fest, to be held Saturday, February 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Train Depot.

Pat and Mike Watson enjoyed a sweet time at Hampton's Chocolate Fest last year.                                  Special photo

  This year’s theme is Chocolate at Tiffany’s, playing on the theme, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Mainstreet director Candy Franklin said she may even slip on her own favorite black dress and strand of pearls and encourages other Audrey Hepburn “wannabees” to do the same. The movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s will be playing in the background while DJ JT spins dance tunes from today and yesteryear for dancing. There will also be door prizes.

  Franklin said that in addition to fine chocolates, the fest will feature cakes, cookies and salty snacks as well, along with beverages such as milk and blue lemonade, and a cocoa bar with all the fixings.

  She said that the city has recently renovated the Depot, adding French doors and a new floor, and as always, the venue will be beautifully decorated with lovely tablescapes.

  “They took up the old carpet and now we have a beautiful floor that is perfect for dancing,” said Franklin.

  She said she is grateful to all the volunteers who are helping to make Chocolate Fest 2013 such a great success.

  “We have wonderful volunteers for our events and we have a group we call Larry and the Ladies who really do an outstanding job,” said Franklin.

  Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door.

  Chocolate Fest is presented by the Mainstreet Program and proceeds go to support Mainstreet programs throughout the year.



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