By Melissa Robinson
Some researchers say that
in addition to being a delicious treat, chocolate is good for
your health. Dark chocolate in particular is known to have
flavanols, which have been found to improve arterial blood flow
and decrease blood pressure, and some people claim that they not
only crave but are addicted to the rich cocoa treat. So in
celebration of all that is chocolate, the city of Hampton is
celebrating the wonders and delights of chocolate with its
annual Chocolate Fest, to be held Saturday, February 16 from 7
to 10 p.m. at the Train Depot.
Pat and Mike Watson enjoyed a
sweet time at Hampton's Chocolate Fest last year.
This year’s theme is
Chocolate at Tiffany’s, playing on the theme, Breakfast at
Tiffany’s. Mainstreet director Candy Franklin said she may even
slip on her own favorite black dress and strand of pearls and
encourages other Audrey Hepburn “wannabees” to do the same. The
movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s will be playing in the background
while DJ JT spins dance tunes from today and yesteryear for
dancing. There will also be door prizes.
Franklin said that in
addition to fine chocolates, the fest will feature cakes,
cookies and salty snacks as well, along with beverages such as
milk and blue lemonade, and a cocoa bar with all the fixings.
She said that the city
has recently renovated the Depot, adding French doors and a new
floor, and as always, the venue will be beautifully decorated
with lovely tablescapes.
“They took up the old
carpet and now we have a beautiful floor that is perfect for
dancing,” said Franklin.
She said she is grateful
to all the volunteers who are helping to make Chocolate Fest
2013 such a great success.
“We have wonderful
volunteers for our events and we have a group we call Larry and
the Ladies who really do an outstanding job,” said Franklin.
Tickets are $10 and may
be purchased at the door.
Fest is presented by the Mainstreet Program and proceeds go to
support Mainstreet programs throughout the year.