Paris’s annual chocolate exhibition is like a dream come true for children and sweet-toothed adults alike. With more than 500 participants sprawling across 250 lavishly decorated stands, prepare your taste-buds to be treated to delicious products from chocolate wonderlands like Switzerland and Belgium, but also more further afield countries like Russia, Japan, and Canada.
There are not only tasting classes to whet your appetite, but also live performances to enjoy, demonstrations from industry experts, and hands-on immersive workshops, not to mention a well-stocked bookshop simply bursting with recipes if you’d like to try your hands at this at home. You’ll be amazed at some of the incredible—and sometimes bizarre—uses of chocolate that are spotlighted, with catwalk parades flaunting chocolate-crafted outfits being a popular highlight of the event.
These impressive hand-crafted masterpieces—almost too perfect to eat—showcase the art of chocolate making in 31 world cities, representing five of the earth’s continents. Despite this international variety, there always seems to be a particular fondness for sculpting the most loved monuments of Paris, with Eiffel Towers, Arc-de-Triomphes, and Notre Dames fabricated from chocolate around every corner.
During these five days of taste-bud adventures, engineered by 200 renowned pastry chefs, and showcased on 20,000 square meters of exhibition space, you’re sure to discover a new dimension to chocolate that you never knew existed. The program of gastronomic, cultural, and festive experiences aims to impress with innovation. This year, for example, the Japanese area is to be enlarged, offering an unusual Japanese experience involving the “crème de la crème” of Japanese patisserie trends.
The exhibition has been whipping up an appetite since 1993, drumming up the hungry attention of 7.4 million visitors. It’s supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as one of the most important annual events to grace the city and has previously been held in New York, Tokyo, and Moscow as well as the current Paris location.
When: October 28, 2017 – November 1, 2017
Tickets: €14 for adults and €6.50 for children younger than 12. Those under three enter for free.
Where: Porte de Versailles