Want to see chocolate being made from the bean? Craving to know more about healthy chocolate alternatives? Need to gain recipe tips from top chefs? The Chocolate Show has it all this October – and we have a pair of tickets to give away.

For the grand finale of Chocolate Week 2015, Salon du Chocolat is back from 16-18 October to celebrate that little cocoa bean in its best form. Taste your way round exhibitors, including Hotel Chocolat, Divine, Rococo, Paul a Young, Willie’s Cacao, Marou and many more.

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Bean to Bar

That’s not all, the event will be the first show to make chocolate from the bean, live. And you can get involved, too, and make your very own chocolate bar. Plus, take handy tips (and produce) home from the UK’s largest independent chocolate distributor HB Ingredients, handcrafted chocolate-makers Paul Wayne-Gregory and Bean to Bar UK.

This year there’s a new Bean to Bar area which will be spreading the word about fine chocolate, plus look out for Cocoa Runners offering brands never seen before in the UK and exhibiting artisans in from across the globe.

Healthy Chocolate Area

Yes, this is a thing. Exhibitors Sweet Virtues will be sharing top tips on how to fit chocolate into a balanced diet with some chocolate that’s actually good for you. Fact.

The Great British Spiced Chocolate Challenge

Over 100 professional and amateur chocolatiers have been fighting it out to make the best spiced chocolate, using ingredients from spice company Seasoned Pioneers. You can watch the final round as finalists go head to head, with the winning product being fast-tracked into a top London food hall in time for Christmas.

Photo credit: Paul Winch-Furness

The Great British Bake Off and co

Want to try your hand at patisserie and chocolate making? The Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber and restaurateurs Chris and Jeff Galvin, plus patisserie chefs Will Torrent and Paul A Young will be offering live demonstrations.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

That’s right, straight from the London stage, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the musical will be hosting a children’s area where kids can design their own chocolate bar – and look out for the iconic Great Glass Elevator.

Competition

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What? The Chocolate Show.

When? Friday 16 – Sunday 18 October.

Opening Times: Friday 11am-7pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-6pm.

Where? National Hall, Olympia, London (nearest train Kensington Olympia overground, nearest tube: High Street Kensington).

Price: Adult £15 on the door/£12.50 advance. Child (from four to 12 years) £10 on the door/£8 advance.

To find out more about The Chocolate Show visit www.thechocolateshow.co.uk

Read all about last year’s Chocolate Show HERE.

Photography: Paul Winch-Furness

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