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Chocolate Fest 2014 Sweetens the Deal in Homewood Saturday

Homewood residents, prepare your taste buds for the return of a local favorite Saturday, Feb. 15.

If you're known to have a bit of a sweet-tooth, you might want to lay off the sugary stuff for a bit—so you can fully indulge come Feb. 15.

The Village of Homewood proudly presents the 12th Annual Chocolate Fest Saturday, Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the H-F Park District Auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Rd. 

The day features live music, baking demonstrations, children's activities, vendor booths and a variety of sweets, desserts and gourmet baked goods. 

Amateur bakers can show off their sweets with the Chocolate Bake-Off Contest, to name “Home Sweet Homewood’s Master Pastry Chef”. Admission to the 12th Annual Homewood Chocolate Fest is free and open to the public.  

“This festival is a great way to get out and see neighbors and sample delicious treats in the middle of the winter,” said Village Marketing Manager Rachael Jones. “...Homewood has been a destination for dessert for over 50 years, and our Chocolate Fest and Bake Off is a great showcase for the creative and talented cooks who live in the area.” 

Mitchell's Candies and Ice Cream will be highlighted as they relaunch as Chicagoland's premier confectioner and supplier of all ice cream for Ed Debevics, Eduardo's and Gino East Pizza. The area's favorite sweet shop of 40 years will also unveil their new look. Owner Jeffrey Himmel recently decided to ditch cream-colored walls, instead splashing the walls with electric pink. Mitchell's will also introduce new party packages during the fest.

Fest attendees will be treated to several baking demonstrations including introductions to The Cottage on Dixie's premier pastry chef. During the bake-off, a panel of lucky judges will sample each entry and select three winners. Once the winners are recognized, the public samples each entry in exchange for a small donation to benefit a local not-for-profit.

  • What: Homewood's 12th Annual Chocolate Fest
  • Where: H-F Park District Auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Rd.
  • When: Saturday, February 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m
For anyone interested in the Bake-off, the entry form is included with this article 
BlackHawks Fan February 02, 2014 at 08:32 AM
Sounds like fun. Welcome to Homewood Lauren Traut!
MDP February 02, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Yummy
Lauren Traut (Editor) February 03, 2014 at 01:12 AM
Thank you, Blackhawks fan! Glad to be here! :)
Lynn February 04, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Why is this ALWAYS AFTER Valentine's Day? Seems it would make more sense for it to be the weekend BEFORE VDay and why only 1 Day. A lot of people have to work on Sat.
Brian James February 04, 2014 at 02:18 PM
I can't wait, Chocolate Fest at the Park District Auditorium, then walk across the street to Grape & Grain for a chocolate beer.
Lynn February 04, 2014 at 03:02 PM
still would be better PRIOR to VDay
gayleski February 13, 2014 at 09:49 AM
I agree with Lynn- I work every Saturday and the fest is already ready to pack up by the time I get home.

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