A familiar, longstanding event — Logan’s Annual Valentine Chocolate Festival – celebrates its 24th year next month, this time in a new location. It is Saturday, Feb. 5, moving to Accolades at Hamilton’s, 2427 North Main. “It’s an annual fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of Utah and for our local clinic” said committee member Nancy Sassano. “The funds that are raised go to support some of the services that are provided here in Logan and throughout the state.” The festival brings together the chocolate creations of many amateurs and professionals. “Chocolate lovers come and bid on them and take them home,” said Sassano. “The professional entries are always pretty spectacular and seem to be the ones that people run to first. A lot of the amateur entries are also pretty amazing; we have some very sophisticated amateurs in this community.” Sassano said entries are accepted the day of the festival, delivered to Hamilton’s between 1-3:30 p.m. the day of the event. “The entries are all judged prior to the opening of the festival. The Chocolate Festival main event starts at 6:30 when the public comes in and can taste all the desserts and buy things at the silent and the live auction. “Before that, a panel of judges comes and selects the top three from each category of dessert entries, as the winners.” Sassano said many local businesses are generous to donate merchandise and services that are then awarded as prizes to the winning entrants. “During the tasting portion of the event, from 6:30 to 8:00, all of the entries that are not going to be in the live auction are offered at silent auction. Those bids start at about $25. The desserts available in the live auction are the top two in each category and then all of the professional desserts.” The festival is open to the public; admission price is a $10 donation at the door with children five and under $5. “That entitles the person to get 10 samples of the desserts that are held within.” More information is available at thechocolatefestival.org.
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