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September 16, 2010

Oh, how sweet the fest is

— — Chocolate lovers, this is for you.

The first Chocolate Festival, hosted by the Gateway Committee of the Tonawandas in conjunction with the Tonawanda and North Tonawanda recreation departments, will take place on Oct. 2.

A day of entertainment, shopping, sampling the finest chocolates and confections, and fun chocolate-filled activities have been planned.

The Chocolate Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gateway Harbor on Sweeney Street in North Tonawanda.

Numerous games and activities are planned through both recreation departments.

Among the activities are a pancake breakfast at the American Legion Post 264 and demonstrations provided by Niagara County College Culinary and Pastry School.

Kids’ activities include a chocolate mousse eating contest, chocolate finger painting, making chocolate Playdough, and listening to a story about chocolate.

Organizers are seeking the “Chocolate Lover of the Year” for a prize winning contest.

If you or someone you know craves chocolate, let the committee know all about your crazy chocolate antics.

An essay of 250 words or less to detail your love of chocolate must be submitted by 5 p.m. Sept. 30. The winner must be able to attend the induction ceremony at Gateway Harbor at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and agree to have his or her picture and name published in various media outlets.

 Entries must be submitted to Be sure to include your name and telephone number.

In addition, the committee is searching for people to share their favorite chocolate recipes, whether they were handed down through generations, new chocolate creations discovered in their own kitchen, or just as simple as the best chocolate chip cookie you’ve ever had. The favorite chocolate recipes will be part of a recipe book made especially for the Chocolate Festival! Books, available at the event.

 If you are interested in being a part of this recipe book, send your favorite chocolate recipe with your name and address, to by Sept. 27.

Entries for the essay contest or favorite chocolate recipe event may also be mailed to: North Tonawanda Recreation Department, 500 Wheatfield St., North Tonawanda, NY 14120.

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