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Gridley Herald - Gridley, CA
  • Paradise Chocolate Fest Northern California’s Sweetest Spring-time Destination

  • Experience a chocolate paradise on the Paradise ridge nestled among tall green pines in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and overlooking the Sacramento Valley. It’s in this community that strikes the perfect balance between its Gold Country historical past and all the comforts of today’s living that a ...
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  • Experience a chocolate paradise on the Paradise ridge nestled among tall green pines in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and overlooking the Sacramento Valley. It’s in this community that strikes the perfect balance between its Gold Country historical past and all the comforts of today’s living that a small group of individuals with big hearts and a love of chocolate are coming together once again to plan the eighth annual international award-winning Paradise Chocolate Fest benefiting non-profit youth organizations on the Paradise Ridge. Dedication, vision, chocolate …. Mix those together, stir in a lot of community support, and serve up the Paradise Chocolate Fest! The 8th Annual Paradise Chocolate Fest will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Terry Ashe Park on the Skyway in Paradise. The Paradise Chocolate Fest promises to serve up a dazzling extravagance of chocoliciously delightful and delicious family fun for all. Past winner of two international awards at the Retail Confectioners International Chocolatiers Convention and Expo held in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the Paradise Chocolate Fest is the place to indulge your love of all things chocolate. The 2012 Paradise Chocolate Fest attracted more than 6,000 attendees and the 2013 Paradise Chocolate Fest promises to be even more exciting by offering plenty of sugar-coated fun for the whole family. The Fest features Chocolate Candy Land where you can dip into decadence at the large chocolate fountain or visit chocolate booths and professional Chocolatiers with countless chocolate delicacies, desserts and confections for sale. Visitors can stroll down Bittersweet Lane or walk up Sugar Tooth Street while savoring delicious chocolate treats. Fest attendees may also enjoy a blast from the past by visiting fifties themed Lollipop’s Old Fashion Ice Cream Shoppe, or simply taking a walk through the park and enjoying the musical entertainment, fine art and craft booths and a wide range of food selections. A very special highlight of the festivities will be “Chocolate Royale!” the crowning of the 2013 Paradise Chocolate Fest Queen or King with a sweet celebration for all to enjoy. Young Fest goers will have great fun visiting Kidz-Zone including giant inflatables, carnival games and prizes, costumed characters, clowns, crafts projects, balloon art and much, much more amusement. Special events throughout the day include a Chocolate Pancake Breakfast, Chocolate Chase Fun Run/Walk, Chocolate Cuisine Challenge, Chocolate Pie Eating and Cookie Stacking Contests, Super Sensational Ice Cream Sundae Spoon-Feeding Contest, “Choc-Full of Fiber Arts” Textile Show, a variety of Musical Entertainment and live chocolate demonstrations. Enjoy chocolate in all its many splendors! Admission - $5.00 • Children 4 & Under – Free Admission includes entrance to Chocolate Candy Land, Children’s Inflatables, Games & Prizes, Contests Musical Entertainment, Chocolate Treats, Opportunity to win Chocolate Baskets, Free Parking and more. To celebrate a sustainable event, the 2013 Paradise Chocolate Fest is dedicated to Zero Waste. While the delicious, decadence of chocolate remains front and center in the minds of Fest visitors, organizers are proud to demonstrate how responsible planning and actions can make a huge difference while educating participants and attendees and enhancing the festivities. Additional Events of the 8th Annual Paradise Chocolate Fest include - Friday, May 10th ♥ Evening of Chocolate & Wine 7:00 – 10:00 PM • Paradise Community Park • Black Olive & Pearson Road, Paradise Tickets - $50.00 Guittard Chocolate & Wine Pairings, Specialty Beer Tasting, Wine Auction, Guest Chefs providing Savory Appetizers and Artisan Food Samplings, Chocolate Fountain, Decadent Desserts, Chocolate Martinis, Sierra Nevada Beer & Root Beer Ice Cream Floats, Specialty Coffee Bar, Jazz Musical Entertainment …. Saturday, May 11th ♥ Beyond Fitness Chocolate Chase • 5 & 10 K Runs or 5 K Walk Knowing chocolate is the prize will cause anyone to race for the finish line at the 7th annual Chocolate Chase! Sponsored by Beyond Fitness, the race begins in their parking lot, located at 7224 Skyway, and follows the historic Memorial Trail. A one-of-a-kind Chocolate Shoe, designed exclusively by Joy Lyn’s Candies in Paradise, will be awarded to winners of the 5 and 10 K Runs and 5 K Walk. Medals will be awarded to division winners. Race Day Registration 7:00 AM • Race Time 8:00 AM Pre-Registration Adults $20.00 12 & Under $15.00 Late Registration Adults $25.00 12 and Under $20.00. Saturday, May 11th ♥ Chocolate Pancake Breakfast 8:00-11:00 AM • Terry Ashe Park, Luther Drive off the Skyway in Paradise. Tickets $5.00 p/p Featuring delicious pancakes filled with Guittard Chocolate chips and topped with Guittard Chocolate syrup, sausages, fruit juices and coffee. After breakfast, enjoy a fabulous day at the Fest! Saturday, May 11th ♥ Chocolate Cuisine Challenge Join the fun and festivities of the Paradise Chocolate Fest as a participant in the Chocolate Cuisine Challenge. This deliciously decadent competition features amateur Chocolate Chefs. Ribbons will be awarded to Grand Prize, 2nd and 3rd Runner-up, Best Presentation, Most Unique Use of Chocolate, and Grand Winner. Judging begins 10:00 AM, Winners announced at 11:30 AM • Rec Center, Terry Ashe Park, Skyway. Saturday, May 11th ♥ “Choc-Full of Fiber Arts” Textile Show, Competition & Sales 9:00 AM -5:00 PM Free Admission to the Public Textile Art Sales and Demos in 3 Categories - Knit • Felt • Weave; Quilt • Sew; Rug Hook • Rug Punch Competition to feature Chocolate &/or Youth inspired Textile Art – apparel, home décor and much, much more. Saturday, May 18th ♥ Chocolate Thunder Motorcycle Run 9:00 – 10:00 AM Check-In $15 Rider / $25 Couple Get ready to rev your engines and support youth organizations on the Paradise Ridge at the “Chocolate Thunder Motorcycle Run!” All motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to join the fun! Participants will start their road rally at Chico Eagles Hall and travel up the Feather River Canyon to Scooter’s. Then ride to Lake Oroville’s Lime Saddle Marina for a noon-check-in. From there, riders will form a parade up the Skyway in Paradise ending at Calvary Chapel in Magalia. Run includes Barbecue, Event Pin, Cash Prizes, Raffle, Music, Refreshments at each stop and Lots & Lots of Chocolate! 2013 Beneficiaries include - Charter School, Boy Scouts Troop # 316 and Troop #770, Boys & Girls Club, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Girlfriends Scholarship Fund, Gold Nugget Museum, Northern California Ballet, Paradise Center for Tolerance & Non Violence, Paradise Dancers, Paradise High School Band, Paradise High School Boys Soccer, Paradise High School Girls Basketball, Paradise High School Musical Production, Paradise Piranhas Swim Team, Paradise Recreation & Park District, Paradise Rotary Interact, Paradise Youth Soccer, Project Vision, Strings In Schools, Theatre on the Ridge and Youth for Change. CONTACT: Debbie LaPlant Moseley Executive Director Paradise Chocolate Fest 530/342-4896 debbie@chocolatefest.us www.chocolatefest.us Paradise Chocolate Fest, Inc. IRS Tax Exempt - #27-0772654

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