A crowd attends the 2013 Chocolate Fest in Homewood. | Supplied photo by Thomas Photographic Services
Updated: March 14, 2014 6:02AM
The village of Homewood will host its 12th Annual Chocolate Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 15 in the H-F Park District Auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Road, according to a press release from the village.
Chocolate Fest features live music, baking demonstrations, children’s activities, vendor booths and a variety of sweets, desserts and gourmet baked goods, the release said. Back by popular demand will be the bake-off contest for amateur bakers to compete for title of “Home Sweet Homewood’s Master Pastry Chef.”
Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.
“This festival is a great way to get out and see neighbors and sample delicious treats in the middle of the winter,” village marketing manager Rachael Jones said in the release. “This year we will feature one of the oldest confectioners in the area: Mitchell’s Candies and Ice Cream as they unveil their new look and introduce their party packages. Homewood has been a destination for dessert for over 50 years, and our Chocolate Fest and bake-off is a great showcase for the creative and talented cooks who live in the area.”
Attendees will be treated to several baking demonstrations, including introductions to The Cottage on Dixie’s top pastry chef, the release said. In addition, Mitchell’s will be highlighted as it relaunches as a top confectioner and supplier of all ice cream for Ed Debevic’s, Edwardo’s and Gino’s East pizza, the release said.
The community relations commission will host the bake-off contest. A panel of judges sample each entry and select three winners. Once the winners are recognized, attendees can sample each entry in exchange for a small donation to benefit a local nonprofit, the release said.
For more information visit www.HomeSweetHomewood.com.