Memorable delights aplenty for chocoholics at third Melton ChocFest

Chocolate dipped Dickinson and Morris pork pies went down well with Amelia, Scarlett and Oscar Lilley PHOTO: Tim Williams
Chocolate dipped Dickinson and Morris pork pies went down well with Amelia, Scarlett and Oscar Lilley PHOTO: Tim Williams
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Melton became the capital of chocolate over the weekend with ChocFest pulling in chocoholics from across the country.

Coaches came from as far afield as Kent, Yorkshire, Humberside and Tyneside to sample goodies from around 130 stands including 40 chocolatiers.

Everything from cocoa beans to tasty treats on display PHOTO: Tim Williams

Everything from cocoa beans to tasty treats on display PHOTO: Tim Williams

The now traditional chocolate covered pork pies were joined by other unusual offerings such as chocolate scotch egg and chocolate sausage roll, chocolate and meat shouldn’t work but aficionados say it does. This unusual theme was followed by one of the demonstrations in the Chocolate Theatre - crab and white chocolate risotto demonstrated by chef and master chocolatier David Greenwood-Haigh.

As usual at ChocFest the workshops were busy with kids making their own bars, lollies and other treats. For the adults the champagne truffles seemed to go down extremely well. The tasting sessions included gin and chocolate. New this year was the Spirits Hall with a dozen gin, vodka and rum producers providing that nip to keep out the winter cold.

Organiser Matthew O’Callaghan said: “The sunny weather brought out the crowds, we reckon over 7,000 attended and what is good to see was the number of families bringing their children as well as the more serious chocolate buffs.

“In only our third ChocFest we are already the largest chocolate festival in the country.

The diet starts tomorrow.....PHOTO: Tim Williams

The diet starts tomorrow.....PHOTO: Tim Williams

“We expect a lot more coaches next year given the success that we have had so far.”

The famous Wall of Chocolate rapidly disappears PHOTO: Tim Williams

The famous Wall of Chocolate rapidly disappears PHOTO: Tim Williams

A warm welcome at the Hannah Raneris mulled wine bar PHOTO: Tim Williams

A warm welcome at the Hannah Raneris mulled wine bar PHOTO: Tim Williams

Maybe room for just one more treat PHOTO: Tim Williams

Maybe room for just one more treat PHOTO: Tim Williams

A world of chocolate to enjoy at ChocFest PHOTO: Tim Williams

A world of chocolate to enjoy at ChocFest PHOTO: Tim Williams

Chocolate and traditional pies from Stephen Morris at Dunkleys PHOTO: Tim Williams

Chocolate and traditional pies from Stephen Morris at Dunkleys PHOTO: Tim Williams

It would be rude to say no PHOTO: Tim Williams

It would be rude to say no PHOTO: Tim Williams

Mountains of temptation at The Original Chocolate Dream Company PHOTO: Tim Williams

Mountains of temptation at The Original Chocolate Dream Company PHOTO: Tim Williams