Once a year, a chocolate festival is held right here in Copenhagen. And never one to miss a chance to fulfil my sugar craving, I, of course, was in attendance, enjoying delicious chocolates from various Danish and international chocolate makers. See the official page: http://www.chokoladeselskabet.dk/drupal/festival
I would like to share my experiences and review my top three favourites. Note that I have no affiliation with any of the brands mentioned.
Number one: Praline chocolates from Pralinhuset. http://www.chokladhotell.se/se The cool thing about this shop is not just the chocolates, but also that it employes a mute staff.
I generally like the combination of chocolate and liquor. But this one, especially, has the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness. I like the fluffy texture of the chocolate mousse and the taste of ratafia that lingers in my mouth.
I went there on the first day which was a Saturday. The venue itself was nice with good air-flow and proper space between the stands. However, quite clearly, the main focus was on selling chocolates. There were very few activities. One of the few ones was a lecturing on chocolate by a English speaking guy, speaking in a extremely monotone voice. Hardly a crowd-pleaser.
As part of the entrance fee, I got 5 tokens to exchange with chocolates. Each token cost DKK 5 (USD 1 or EUR 0.5). Visitors can buy more tokens as they please. Most of the stands did not accept credit cards, leaving you with the options of paying by cash or tokens. There was only one token exchange area which caused me to feel pity for those stands that were located the furthest away.
The chocolates were great, no doubt about it. But after about an hour I was kind of fed up. Regrettably, there was no free water for clearing your mouth.
There was a lots of creativity on display. For example, from the back of a battery-powered mini-van, a chocolatier selling chocolates with pieces of poetry printed on or bananas foam-dipped in hot chocolate. What I found to be the most off as this festival was a stand selling hotdogs. I don’t mind there being tea or coffee stalls. But sausages don’t really have anything to do with chocolate. I would prefer a cold sandwich over a hotdog anytime. All in all the festival was a step back from last year, making me think long and hard whether I should give it another try in 2015, considering that I already know where to buy my favourite chocolates online.