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September 14, 2012



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“I’m planning on bring a variety of dessert wines; they’ll go well with the chocolate,” he said. “We also do a cider ice wine. ... As we do have a line of hard ciders, it seemed like something we wanted to play around with. We did come up with something really delicious and unique with that.”

Berry Family Farms and Graham Family Farms will be selling seasonal produce such as pumpkins and apples at the event, Brosius said, and the recreation department will be selling chocolate and regular coffee, chocolate milk and chocolate-covered popcorn. The Christian Academy of WNY will be selling baked goods and water.

In addition to the vendors, there are a number of activities and demonstrations available for children and adults, Brosius said. A representative from Mary Kay will be giving “chocolate” makeovers and manicures and children (of all ages) can take part in projects that include making ice cream, chocolate lip balm (with cocoa butter and chocolate chips), chocolate necklaces and more. Demonstrations will be taking place at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. and 12:25, 1:15 and 2:15 p.m. Most activities are free, but a few require one or two tickets, which cost 25 cents each.

In addition, there will be contests and games including a guess the candy jar contest, the chocolate-pudding-eating contest (at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m., open to any age), and a peanut-butter-cup skyscraper contest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A find-the-golden-ticket game and the CandyMan game show will also take place. John White will be providing live acoustic music from noon to 2 p.m.

IF YOU GO • WHAT: Third-annual Chocolate and Wine Festival • WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday • WHERE: Gateway Harbor Park, North Tonawanda • COST: Admission is free; tickets to purchase food and drinks are 25 cents each and prices vary depending on the item.

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