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Lesley Haenny is the Seattle Editor for Miss A. She is an Air Force wife now living in the Seattle area. Prior to living in Seattle, Lesley spent 7 years in Washington, DC, working as a Congressional liaison. She grew up in a small, mountain town in Southern California, sandwiched between an older sister and a younger brother. Her two hard working parents taught her to always go for the clearance rack, bring your lunch everyday, work hard for what you have, and always take the opportunity to travel and play outside. Lesley has been actively involved in various charities such as the Animal Resource Foundation, Komen For the Cure, Prevent Cancer Foundation, American Diabetes Association and the Race for Hope (benefitting the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure).

The Northwest Chocolate Festival

What do you think of when you see or hear the word, chocolate? If you are like me, then you start having sweet dreams and you begin to wonder when you will be able to savor your next piece of cocoa goodness. Well, dream no more–The Northwest Chocolate Festival is here!

Northwest Chocolate Festival

(Photo Credit: Northwest Chocolate Festival)

This weekend, Saturday, September 29 through Sunday, September 30, bring the family or your favorite girlfriends to savor everything chocolate at the Northwest Chocolate Festival, being held at the Washington State Convention Center.

From 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days you will be able to taste some amazing hand-crafted, local fine chocolates, artisan quality chocolate desserts, fresh cacao pods and freshly conched chocolate, all while sipping on your choice of wine, beer or cocktails. Music and DJs will set your taste-testing mood while you watch a demonstration in the culinary kitchen area with classes and award winning instructors and the kids can play in the kid’s zone!

Northwest Chocolate Festival

(Photo Credit: Northwest Chocolate Festival)

The festival will also feature the Chocolate Academy which includes your very own Chocolate Tasting Passport to track the chocolate origins and chocolate makers. Festival-goers will be able to get stamps at the different culinary classes by tasting chocolate and listening to talks by chocolate makers. At the end of the day or weekend, the Chocolate Academy “students” will receive their own Masters in Chocolate Level 1 or Level 2 Certificate after turning in a stamped passport.

Each year the Northwest Chocolate Festival dedicates a portion of their proceeds to non-profits that are doing great work in the world. They select organizations whose work aligns with their mission and values and who have a track record of providing essential services to receptive populations. The 2012 festival beneficiaries will be announced soon.

WHEN: September 29-30, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Northwest Chocolate Festival

(Photo Credit: Northwest Chocolate Festival)

WHERE:
Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA 98101
Ph. 206-694-5000

TICKETS:
Single Day Pass: $25 advance /$30 at the door
Weekend Pass: $50 advance /$60 at the door
VIP Weekend Pass: $115 advance only
Youth Pass: $10.00 per day ages 5-12 (kids 4 and under free!)
Chocolate Academy Program: $10 add-on for serious chocolate lovers!

Tickets DO NOT include access to the Beer and Wine garden. There is an additional $10 fee for unlimited tasting in the 21+ area of the event, thank you.

Purchase your tickets here or at the door.

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