So, it’s that time again. Chocolate Time! It’s hard to believe that this year marks the 6th year-in-a-row of the Radovljica Chocolate Festival and, of course, I’ve been to every one!
Last year the festival attracted around 55,000 visitors, and this year those numbers could even be exceeded, which is quite astounding for a festival which began as a humble one-day event back in 2012 and has since grown to become one of Slovenia’s main foodie events.
This year the festival is on for 3 days, beginning today on Friday 21st April at 3pm, and continuing on Saturday from 9am to 8pm and on Sunday from 9am to 7pm, so there’s still plenty of time!
In addition to the regular sales and tastings of chocolate, this year there are some new highlights and treats to look forward to.
This evening there is a premiere 6-course dinner at Vila Podvin, prepared by 3 of Slovenia’s top chefs and in collaboration with 20chocolate.
In the Chocolate Beauty Marquee the Roz’ca massage salon is offering chocolate hand massages using their own handmade cocoa butter cream using all natural ingredients. I couldn’t stop sniffing my hands, it really does smell good enough to eat! Those who have a hand massage during the festival are also entered into a prize draw to win a full body massage (the non-chocolate version!). More information here http://masaza-rozca.si/ and here https://www.facebook.com/Masaže-Rožca-Simona-Šlegel-sp-278814295512819/?fref=ts
A chocolate roulette, bet with chocolate and win chocolate – that’s got to be worth a flutter!
Meta Solar painting using chocolate, so original and resourceful and what an eye for detail! https://metasolar.si/tag/radovljica/
New to the festival this year is Čokoladni Hram which produces some unusual flavours of chocolate using speciality Slovenian ingredients, among them zaseka (minced lard), mohant (a very smelly cheese), and tarragon. Go on, be daring and give them a try, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
As well as new, intriguing flavours of chocolate infused with tea at the Čajna Soba Tea Room. among them chocolate with black masala chai, honeybush caramel tea chocolate, dark chocolate with earl grey green tea…
In addition to chocolate, there’s plenty to see and do for all the family, including archery for children with Robert Levstek – https://adeleinslovenia.com/2017/04/10/archery-adventures-and-delicious-draga-delights/
Children’s cookery workshops and dance classes.
Stilt walkers entertaining the crowds.
On Saturday at 2pm students from the Maribor Design School will be putting on a Chocolate Fashion Show, and on Sunday at 12 noon Gorenjka’s giant 95kg chocolate bar will be smashed and shared among the crowd.
Other highlights of the packed entertainment programme include culinary workshops with contestants on this year’s Slovenian Masterchef, jugglers, magicians and other street entertainment, free concerts, a canine corner, chocolates and chocolate products for everyone, including for allergy suffers, organic chocolate, raw chocolate, chocolate scooter races – all this and much more! See the full programme here – http://www.festival-cokolade.si/program-2017/
Congratulations to Tourism Radol’ca for another fantastic job organising the festival. The weather, for now at least, couldn’t be more perfect for such an event so, don’t miss out, there’s enough chocolate for everyone – even after I’ve had my fill!
© Adele in Slovenia
5 thoughts on “The Radovljica Chocolate Festival 2017 – Hot Off the (Chocolate) Press!”
Hi Adele, we are from New Zealand and we went to the amazing Chocolate Festival last month. we had our photo taken in the same frame that you are in by a man with a beard and an old fashioned looking camera and were told that we would find our photo on the site but I dont know where to look for it…please can you help …Thanks…Lorraine Dixon
Hi Lorraine, wow, you came along way to the Chocolate Festival, great! Does that mean that you rival me for being the world’s biggest chocoholic, I wonder! I know the photographer so I can contact him but I would need to know what you look like to be able to ask him. Perhaps you could send me a photo? Regards, Adele
I called the photographer, Primoz, and now have your photo as he remembered you and said to send his regards!
I’ll email it to you.
Wow Adele, you are amazing and the photo is fantastic…have put it photo album which I have just made of our unforgettable holiday to your beautiful country! And yes we both just love chocolate…maybe we will have to try to organise something similar in our city Wanganui New Zealand!!!!!!
Glad it all worked out re the photo Lorraine and pleased to have been able to help complete the memories of your unforgettable holiday. Yes, one can never have enough chocolate, I say!