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Chocaholics will be flocking to London next week for Chocolate Week 2012. Running from Monday 8 to Sunday 14 October, the annual event celebrates the work of top chocolatiers and chocolate companies at various venues across the capital. Here are some of the week’s most delectable treats:
Chocolate Unwrapped, 13-14 Oct, London Film Museum Covent Garden, see website for talk and demonstration times
Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in this decadent celebration of chocolate. Marvel at chocolate sculptures, watch chocolate cooking demonstrations and taste a variety of exciting new flavours, unexpected pairings and classic favourites from Britain and around the world. £10 in advance, £12 on the door, children £5.
Chocalligraphy Kids Workshop, 13 Oct, 10.30am-12.30pm, Rococo Chocolates
An innovative children’s workshop at leading London chocolatier, Roccoco Chocolates. Organisers promise plenty of good clean fun – with aprons provided. And the best chocalligrapher wins a prize. Free, but booking is essential
Chocolate Safari: From Virunga Park to Park Lane, 10 and 13 Oct, 3.30-5.30pm
Food writer Sudi Pigott leads an Original Beans chocolate safari through the “wilds” of Park Lane. Taking in savoury and sweet dishes at three of Mayfair’s leading restaurants, interspersed with a short history of chocolate. Participating restaurants and chefs: Andre Garratt with Fred Sireix, Galvin at Windows; Theo Randall at Theo Randall at The Intercontinental; and Regis Curan at Nobu. £40
Cacao Revolution, 9 Oct, 6.30-9.30pm, Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar
Great chocolate needs great cacao. Members of the newly formed Direct Cacao organisation and other guests discuss issues facing the chocolate industry and how we can create a revolution to protect the world’s cacao resource. £10
Choc Tales from Dean Street, 11 Oct, 6.30-8.30pm, 68 Dean Street
World-class chocolatiers pair up with talented cocktail makers in this period property to present a unique cocktail and chocolate experience. Damian Allsop, Paul A Young, William Curley, Artisan du Chocolat, Rococo and The Grenada Chocolate Company are all participating. £45
Hotel Chocolat Supper Club, 12 Oct, 7pm, Roast+Conch
The Boucan Supper Club is a delicious introduction to Hotel Chocolat’s exclusive “cacao cuisine” style of cooking. Held at Roast+Conch in Covent Garden, the four-course dinner will feature cocoa throughout and served with matching wine. £75
Mexican Chocolate Feast, available after 5pm throughout Chocolate Week at various branches of Benito’s Hat
This fabulous feast features a main, dessert and cocktail and pays homage to the cocoa bean’s heritage. Dishes include chocolate chicken mole burrito, chocobrownie cake and Mexican chocolate martini. £15.95 per person
Paul A Young at The Folly, launches 8 Oct, The Folly
Master chocolatier Paul A Young has teamed up with bar and restaurant The Folly to run a pop-up shop throughout October. Buy luxurious sweet treats, enrol in a masterclass or drink winter-warming hot chocolate
The Chocolate Dream Package, throughout Chocolate Week, available at The Marylebone Hotel, The Bloomsbury Hotel and The Kensington Hotel.
Three Doyle Collection hotels are offering a chocolate dream package which includes accommodation, chocolate cocktails , chocolate themed dinner, a chocolate gift, breakfast and 20% off Demarquette the chocolatier. From £290 per couple
The East India Company, open Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm and Sun, 11am-5pm Sun
The flagship shop of the historic East India Company will be marking Chocolate Week with some delectable tastings in-store. Try chocolate covered fruits, nuts and coffee beans, or have a sip of the wonderful drinking chocolate made in a stylish hot chocolate kettle. There are also beautiful chocolate boxes, and plenty of unusual chocolate bars, biscuits and even sugar. Free
Will you be indulging this Chocolate Week?