About the Glendale Chocolate Affaire:
The Glendale Chocolate Affaire, at Murphy Park, features 40 chocolate vendors selling everything sweet and gooey. There is also a wine and beer garden, music, food court and many non-chocolate vendors. Glendale Map
An Annual Event:
Held annually in February, the event runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Event hours are Friday 5 - 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Entrance is free. Of course the food booths and chocolate delights might cost you a bit.
Things to Do at the Chocolate Affaire:
Chocoholics will delight in the many chocolate purveyors, discovering everything from chocolate-covered cheesecake to chocolate pizzas.
The festival has become the largest gathering of national romance novelists in the Southwest. This symposium of literary romantics is sponsored by Waldenbooks and offers fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with authors, as well as the chance to attend free writing workshops given by the experts.
Families with children will enjoy a myriad of activities, including hands-on arts and crafts, face-painting and a rock-climbing wall. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available throughout the weekend to take couples or families on a scenic, charming ride through the historic Catlin Court district.
Check out Cerreta's Candy, a local Arizona favorite. 30-minute guided tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10am and 1pm. Self-guided video tours are available during normal factory hours, Monday through Saturday, 8am to 6pm. Television monitors through out the facility provide plenty of information while you watch chocolate flow right before your eyes. Stop into the gift shop and buy some football-related chocolate treats. Cerreta's Website
Enjoying the Glendale Chocolate Affaire:
It was a lovely sunny day in Glendale as we made our way to the Chocolate Affaire in Murphy Park. We noticed a separate area for food, wine and beer and had a bit of lunch and listened to the band. There were lots of families, many sitting on the ground enjoying the sunshine.
As we walked through the crowded booths we noticed that purveyors of chocolate (I never did locate a full 40!) seemed outnumbered by the usual carival type sales. There were doggie visors, wood roses, fun jewelry vendors, tie dye clothing, and much more.
Most of the festival-goers had found the chocolate, however, and practically everyone had a chocolate covered banana, chocolate truffle, fudge or some other version of the dark gooey delight.
One of the big attractions for school-age kids was the climbing wall. As they "summited," they rang a bell thus attracting even more climbers to the portable wall.
Horse-drawn carriages made their way along the historic streets. That looked like a fun way to escape the crowds and see a bit of Glendale. That was probably the classiest part of the event. The Chocolate Affaire had a definite carnival atmosphere... slightly different from the upscale atmosphere heralded by the promoters but nevertheless a fun event. It was a fantastic destination for a sunny day!