The weekend of February 3-5 had the city of Glendale transformed into a chocolate wonderland. Yes, you read right. A chocolate wonderland. Vendors sold handmade items, various types of food items and, of course, that sweet treat we all love — chocolate — at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire.
I arrived at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire right before noon and already it was bustling with people. Parking was extremely hard to find and probably only worsened throughout the day. However, this nuisance was a small price to pay for the wonderful time I had viewing what vendors had for sale: handmade clothing and jewelry, handbags and candles, among other unique items.
Speaking of candles, I’m a candle lover and couldn’t resist picking up a few for myself. A particular vendor caught my eye, Natural Body and Bath Products. This company sells handmade soy candles and natural soaps. The candles I chose were two of the company’s most popular scents, Angelica (a blend of white lily, jasmine and rose) and Lick Me All Over — an interesting name for a candle, don’t you think? The latter had base notes of raspberry, cantaloupe and watermelon.
After delighting my olfactory sense from these lovely fragrances, I decided I needed to please my taste buds as well. I had one thing in mine — chocolate-covered strawberries. At three dollars for two, they were affordable as well as delicious. The vendor had what appeared to be an assembly line of family members behind the counters, reminding me of the cute Keebler elves as they made their tasty confectioneries.
Afterward, I got to sample some delicious fudge and bought a bar of Espresso Chocolate Fudge for my mom, who loves anything that incorporates chocolate and coffee. There was also a chocolate pizza-making station, which used chocolate and candy as toppings instead of the traditional cheese and tomato sauce.
The atmosphere at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire was festive and celebrated chocolate in all its wonderful forms. From chocolate-covered cheesecake, to chocolate-covered strawberries (my favorite!), to chocolate-covered bacon, the festival was a dream come true for any chocolate lover.
This sweet event was held at Murphy Park in the historic part of Glendale. It was great to see families having a great time together and enjoying the weekend with music, carnival rides, and you guessed it, chocolate!
For all the little ones there were rides galore. Rides like the zip-line and rock-climbing wall seemed to be the most popular. For the less adventurous there were hands-on arts and crafts and horse-drawn carriage rides.
The Glendale Chocolate Affaire was certainly a fun experience and a perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. My only suggestion, if you’re planning on going next year, eat before going! All the chocolate will tempt you and ruin your lunch because, after all, who can say “no” to chocolate?