World’s Largest Chocolate Show Paris France

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A HAPPY EXHIBITION DURING THE PANDEMIC  

THE 26TH EDITION OF THE CHOCOLATE SHOW

                                                      by Jane Rosenstein

The 26th edition of the Chocolate Show in Paris was from October 28-November 1,2021 at the Porte de Versailles Conference Center. It is the world”s largest chocolate event and had  over 60,000 visitors in 2021. Visitors came to buy chocolate in all forms, to see the fashion shows and to watch baking demonstrations by pastry chefs.

Fashion Show
Photo credit
Emilie Lesur

On October 27 there was the inaugural event one night in  advance of the show.

 Part of the tickets sales went  to aid the Association Chirurgie Mécénat Cardiaque in France to  pay the bills for children to have cardiac surgery.

People lined up to buy the famous cakes baked on site  from the chocolate maker Pralos at 13 Euros  which can be bought at their stores in Paris for 13.50 Euros

There was a great fashion show based on chocolate which featured dresses  based on the theme of chocolate; The danser Laurent Maistrat appeared on stage as did Emeriska a young girl who was operated a few days before for a cardiac problem. The audience which had standing room only after all the seats were occupied, applauded loudly. Lea François wore the only dress made in chocolate with 12 kgs. of chocolate. An interesting dress was that made from pieces of chocolate from the Picasso work of art called Guernica.

Guernica
photo credit Vincent Dewitte
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Chocolate in various forms from various countries  was for sale – bars, spreads and boxes of chocolates.

Brigitte Bayart founded a company called Raconte-Moi un Chocolat ( Tell me about chocolate) which offers a box of 3 chocolate bars from different countries  each month with explanations of the chocolate. For 20 Euros a month people taste and learn about different kinds of chocolate. 

The boxes are sent only in France. People can order the chocolates that they like on the company’s website.

One of the highlights of the Chocolate Show was a work of art  called

“Guernica”  from Pablo Picasso made by the artisans of the Basque country.

It is 7,77 meters wide and 3.49 meters high. One hundred forty artisans worked

1000 hours  using 500 kg.of chocolate. it is an amazing work of art.

Attending the Chocolate Show gave visitors the opportunity to have fun and enjoy tasting and buying chocolate  during the pandemic.

 

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