Q: What can I expect at your chocolate show.
A: Chocolate World Expo is one of the largest consumer-oriented chocolate events in the United States based on the number of participating vendors, the number of attendees and the floor size of our show. We typically have about 30-70 vendors, depending on facility size and state regulations (with regards to winery & brewery inclusion), who offer tastings and sales of their products.
Q: Is your event like Halloween? I mean... do a get to go around with a bag and get it loaded-up with lots of free candy to take home with me?
A. No. Chocolate World Expo is for people who are serious about chocolate and/or are “foodies,” not for people looking to load-up on free, cheap candy found in most grocery aisles. Vendors typically offer small tasting-sized portions of a variety of their products, which are to be consumed right away. Think of the chocolate tastings in the way you might think of a wine tasting at a winery -- you get a small sample to try and you often get to talk with the person who made the product. If you like what you’ve tasted, you can purchase that product directly at the show for yourself or to give as gifts.
Q: What kind of companies do you get as vendors?
A: Our vendors include artisanal chocolatiers, old-fashioned candy shops, bakeries, specialty food producers, wineries, breweries and even some farms.
Q: Do you have some vendors selling non-chocolate products?
A: While our emphasis and theme are centered around chocolate, we do allow a limited number of vendors with other products such as wines, spirits, cheeses, specialty foods, etc.
Q: Do your vendors offer products for “special diets?”
Yes. A few of our vendors offer no-sugar-added, all-natural, organic, vegan, salt-free, gluten-free and/or kosher products, which we’ve listed on our Vendor page. If you have a special diet, be sure to contact vendors, in advance, to confirm what they’ll have at the show for tastings and sales.
Q: Do big “name brand” chocolate companies participate?
Sometimes a big name company or their representatives will participate, but most of our vendors are small local & regional companies.
Q: Will it be crowded at Chocolate World Expo?
A: People love chocolate, so the simple answer is “yes”... especially at the start of the show through about 4pm. After that, it tends to get a little less crowded. If you want to avoid the biggest crowds, come later in the day. Also, consider this issue and plan accordingly when bringing young children and elderly guests to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience for everyone.
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