Vendor Information


Chocolate Challenge
February 1-2, 2014; The Nutrition Kitchen, 3950 University Drive
Sponsored by the George Mason University Department of Nutrition and Food Studies.
Entry forms are due by January 27. Click here for the Chocolate Challenge Rules and Regulations.
For information, click here.

Description: A gallery of art, cakes and cupcakes made entirely of chocolate created by professionals and amateurs alike. Both judges and visitors will have an opportunity to judge the entries in numerous categories. Donated cakes and other items will be open for silent auction bidding. Celebrity judges include Sabrina Campbell of Occasionally Cake; George Mason University College of Health and Human Services Dean Thomas Prohaska and his wife, Beth; and City of Fairfax Councilman Jeffrey Greenfield.

Taste of Chocolate
February 1-2, 2014; Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive
Applications are due by October 31. Click here for the Taste of Chocolate Rules and Regulations.
Sponsored by the Independence Day Celebration Committee. Click here for information.

Description: Surround yourself with hundreds of the finest chocolate sensations area confectioners have to offer. Goodies to sample include cakes, candies, brownies, fudge, ice cream and other delicious concoctions. Click here for a downloadable program for this event.

2014 Chocolate Lovers Festival
Schedule of Events

(subject to change — check back often to see what's new!)
$ — denotes associated cost

Click here for a copy of the 2014 Chocolate Lovers Festival merchant flyer featuring specials and promotions by local merchants.

Click here for a printer-friendly copy of the program.

If you are having difficulty accessing the 2014 event schedule, please email leslie.herman@fairfaxva.gov and a 2014 event schedule will be emailed to you.

Due to the nature of the Chocolate Lovers Festival, sanitary food conditions are of the highest priority. For this reason, and the comfort and safety of all participants, there are no animals allowed inside any event sites. Certified service animals, as defined by the ADA, are of course an exception.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Chocolate-Dipped Tales (Kaydee Puppets)
2 p.m. - City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street
Enjoy chocolate stories as told by Kaydee Puppets, a cornerstone of children's entertainment in the Washington, DC, area since 1972. Their live performances allow for spontaneous audience interaction and participation.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Chocolate Express provides free shuttle service between event locations from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

*Meals for Young Minds donations accepted at locations/events marked with an asterisk — see the News page for donation information.

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale* $
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Fire Station 3, 4081 University Drive
Join the Kiwanis Club of Fairfax for their Chocolate Lovers Pancake Breakfast. The menu features pancakes (regular and chocolate chip) and sausage. Coffee, juice and milk also will be served. Cost is $6 per adult and $4 for children ages 4-10. Children age 3 and younger eat for free (with a paying adult).
*Meals for Young Minds donations accepted here

Face Painting* $
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Fire Station 3, 4081 University Drive
Children may have their faces painted. Cost is $2 per child.
*Meals for Young Minds donations accepted here

Taste of Chocolate $
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (admission ends at 4:30 pm) - Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive
Surround yourself with hundreds of the finest chocolate sensations area confectioners have to offer! Items to purchase include cakes, candies, brownies, fudge, ice cream and other delicious concoctions.

The annual collectible Chocolate Lovers valentine includes a matted sketch of 'Old' Fairfax High School drawn by Jackie Liedl of Local Color and a coupon redeemable for five taste pogs. The limited edition valentine costs $5. If supplies last, valentines will be sold during the festival at the Taste of Chocolate in Old Town Hall. (See News regarding valentine sales.)

Vendors in the Taste of Chocolate are:

Stroller parking is available on the front porch of Old Town Hall.

The fully accessible entrance to the event is via the door on Route 236/Main Street.

Admission to the Taste of Chocolate is free. Pogs, traded for chocolate merchandise, cost $1 each.

Chocolate Challenge and Silent Auction* $1 admission for adults
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Nutrition Kitchen, 3950 University Drive
See displays of chocolate cakes, cupcakes and sculpture by professionals and amateurs alike, then join the area's most talented chefs and chocolatiers in judging the winners. Donated cakes and other items will be open for silent auction bidding through 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Those who attend the Chocolate Challenge may use their admission ticket to vote for the People’s Choice Award, as well as participate in the silent auction of a myriad of items.

Strollers will not be permitted in the building. Please use the designated stroller parking area.

Entrance tickets entitle ticket-holders to vote for the People's Choice Award from among the Chocolate Challenge entries.

Child Fingerprinting*
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Fairfax Court House, 4000 Chain Bridge Road
The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office will offer fingerprinting for children. Admission is free.
*Meals for Young Minds donations accepted here

The Chocolate Caper Mock Trial*
10:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m.- Fairfax Court House, 4000 Chain Bridge Road
The Fairfax Bar Association will hold a mock trial based on a children's fairy tale to explain the justice system to children and adults. Admission is free.
*Meals for Young Minds donations accepted here

Cody & BJ*
11 a.m. - City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street
Enjoy a high-energy, interactive children's musical show from this duo. Their original music is written to inspire people of all ages to contribute to making the world a better place and to give back to society and Mother Earth. Admission is free.
*Meals for Young Minds donations accepted here

Harley Eye Candy Photos*
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Old Town Hall Parking Lot, 3999 University Drive
Sit on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, courtesy of the Fairfax Harley Owners Group — and bring your camera to take a photo. (Weather permitting.)
*Meals for Young Minds donations accepted here

So You Think You're Smarter Than a Lawyer?*
11:45 a.m. - Fairfax Court House, 4000 Chain Bridge Road
Play a legal game against a lawyer. Admission is free.
*Meals for Young Minds donations accepted here

Fire Safety Puppet Show*
12:30 p.m. - City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street
Enjoy the City of Fairfax Fire Department's singing puppets as they teach children of all ages important information regarding fire safety. As audience members listen and sing along, they learn important lessons that will benefit them for a lifetime. Admission is free.
*M
eals for Young Minds donations accepted here

Chocolate-Covered Fairy Tales*
2-3 p.m. - City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street
Ever taste a fairy tale? Children of all ages can join storyteller Gary Lloyd as he retells the classics. The National Storytelling Network awarded this gifted storyteller the 2006 ORACLE Award for the Mid-Atlantic region. Admission is free.
*Meals for Young Minds donations accepted here

See Jane Sing*
3:30 p.m. - City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street
See Jane Sing is one of Vienna Falls' newest quartets, with all members in the chorus. They're a youthful, energetic quartet that knows how to sing and has fun doing it. Admission is free.
*Meals for Young Minds donations accepted here

Willy Wonka Children’s Activities
6 - 6:30 p.m - Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway
Children will have an opportunity to make their own Everlasting Gobstoppers.

Chocolate Movie Night: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory $
7-9 p.m. - Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway
Watch Roald Dahl's beloved story come to life with Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. (Rated PG.) The evening wouldn't be complete without a Golden Ticket: what will it bring the lucky winner? Admission is $3 per person and includes one Golden Ticket. Additional Golden Tickets will cost $3 each and will be available beginning January 10 at City Hall (Room 123), Green Acres Center and the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center. Sponsored by the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.

Open House and Exhibits

  • Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center*
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 10209 Main Street
    This structure was constructed in 1873 with bricks made at the Farr property across Main Street. The oldest brick two-story school building remaining in Fairfax cost an unheard-of amount of $2,750 to build. Docents and volunteers now welcome visitors to stop in for chocolate goodies while learning about the city's colorful history. Admission is free.
    *Meals for Young Minds donations accepted here

  • Ford House
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - 3977 Chain Bridge Road
    Visit the childhood home of Antonia Ford, a Confederate spy during the American Civil War. She provided Confederate military leaders with information gathered at her Fairfax home during the First Battle of Manassas. When she was imprisoned, she fell in love with her Union jailer, whom she later married; their son built Old Town Hall. The Woman's Club of Fairfax created the exhibit at the Ford House, which currently is used as an office building. Admission is free.
  • Legato School
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Route 123/Chain Bridge Road, between Judicial Drive and Sager Avenue
    Learn about the noble heritage of America's favorite flavor — and play some games — at the one-room Legato School, the last of its kind in Fairfax County. Legato School has been restored and is furnished as it was in the 1870s. Now operated as a museum, Legato School is located on the grounds of the historic Fairfax County Courthouse on Route 123 near the intersection of Judicial Drive. Admission is free.
  • Ratcliffe-Allison House
    noon to 4 p.m. - 10386 Main Street
    The oldest standing house in the City of Fairfax depicts the lives of everyday people in 19th century Fairfax (and, during the festival, will offer chocolate treats). Constructed in 1812, the building served a variety of purposes, including a cobbler shop. The house is furnished with period pieces collected by one of its owners, the late Kitty Pozer, a famed gardener and writer who lived in the house until 1981. The Ratcliffe-Allison House features the exhibit "Dr. Kate Waller Barrett: Mother to Many." Be sure to visit the adjoining Kitty Pozer Garden. Admission is free.

Souvenirs

Cookbooks and notepads will be available at the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Taste of Chocolate and the Chocolate Challenge. Cookbooks only will be sold at the Ford House and Legato School.

 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Chocolate Express provides free shuttle service between event locations from 11:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*Meals for Young Minds donations accepted at locations/events marked with an asterisk — see the News page for donation information.

Chocolate Challenge and Silent Auction* $1admission for adults
noon to 4 p.m. - Nutrition Kitchen, 3950 University Drive
See displays of chocolate cakes, cupcakes and sculpture by professionals and amateurs alike, then join the area's most talented chefs and chocolatiers in judging the winners. Donated cakes and other items will be open for silent auction bidding through 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Those who attend the Chocolate Challenge may use their admission ticket to vote for the People’s Choice Award as well as participate in the silent auction with a myriad of items.

Strollers will not be permitted in the building. Please use the designated stroller parking areas.

Entrance tickets entitle ticket-holders to vote for the People's Choice Award from among the Chocolate Challenge entries.
*Meals for Young Minds donations accepted here

Taste of Chocolate $
noon to 4 p.m. (admission ends at 3:30 pm) - Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive
Surround yourself with hundreds of the finest chocolate sensations area confectioners have to offer! Items to purchase include cakes, candies, brownies, fudge, ice cream and other delicious concoctions. Click here for a downloadable program for this event.

The annual collectible Chocolate Lovers valentine includes a matted sketch of the "Old" Fairfax High School drawn by local artist Jackie Liedl of Local Color and a coupon redeemable for five taste pogs. The limited edition valentine costs $5. If supplies last, valentines will be sold during the festival at the Taste of Chocolate in Old Town Hall. (See NEWS regarding valentine sales.)

Vendors in the Taste of Chocolate are:

Stroller parking is available on the front porch of Old Town Hall.

The fully accessible entrance to the event is via the door on Route 236/Main Street.

Admission to the Taste of Chocolate is free. Pogs, traded for chocolate merchandise, cost $1 each.

Fire Safety Puppet Show*
12:30 p.m. - City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street
Enjoy the City of Fairfax Fire Department's singing puppets as they teach children of all ages important information regarding fire safety. As audience members listen and sing along, they learn important lessons that will benefit them for a lifetime. Admission is free.

Magic with Turley*
3:30-4:15 p.m. - City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street
Check out one of the area's best-known and most popular family entertainers. Renown for his inimitable talent entertaining audiences of all ages, Turley has appeared on NBC's Today Show and has been featured in the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. Admission is free.

Animal Ambassadors: Journey to the Jungle*
2-3 p.m. - City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street
Journey to the fascinating world of tropical rain forests and be introduced to exciting live reptiles and amphibians (snakes and toads), mammals (kinkajou, fennec fox, chinchilla or a coatimunti), invertebrates (giant African millipedes, scorpions, tarantula or Madagascar hissing cockroach) or birds (parrots, macaws or cockatoos). Find out how we rely on rainforests for medicines, oxygen and products including chocolate. Presented by Animal Ambassadors. Admission is free.

Open House and Exhibits

  • Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center*
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 10209 Main Street
    This structure was constructed in 1873 with bricks made at the Farr property across Main Street. The oldest brick two-story school building remaining in Fairfax cost an unheard-of amount of $2,750 to build. Docents and volunteers now welcome visitors to stop in for chocolate goodies while learning about the city's colorful history. Admission is free.
    *Meals for Young Minds donations accepted here

  • Legato School
    noon to 4 p.m. - Route 123/Chain Bridge Road, between Judicial Drive and Sager Avenue
    Visit the last of Fairfax County's one-room schoolhouses. Legato School has been restored and furnished as it was in the 1870s. Now operated as a museum, Legato School is located on the grounds of the historic Fairfax County Courthouse on Route 123 near the intersection of Judicial Drive. Admission is free.

  • Ratcliffe-Allison House
    noon to 4 p.m. - 10386 Main Street
    The oldest standing house in the City of Fairfax depicts the lives of everyday people in 19th century Fairfax. Constructed in 1812, the building served a variety of purposes, including a cobbler shop. The house is furnished with period pieces collected by one of its owners, the late Kitty Pozer, a famed gardener and writer who lived in the house until 1981. The Ratcliffe-Allison House features the exhibit "Dr. Kate Waller Barrett: Mother to Many." Be sure to visit the adjoining Kitty Pozer Garden. Admission is free.

Souvenirs
Cookbooks and notepads will be available at the Taste of Chocolate and the Chocolate Challenge.

Click here for a map of event locations.

Watch highlights from the 2013 festival:

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