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2013 Festival of Chocolate at MOSI

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Honoring a three-year sweet tradition, MOSI brings back The Festival of Chocolate, Florida’s largest all-chocolate themed event, Jan. 19 – 21. With memorable experiences including a Cocoa Couture Fashion Show on the Yumway, Live Chef Competitions and a Guinness Book of World Record attempt. The Festival of Chocolate boasts more chocolate-topped features that ever before.

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The Festival of Chocolate will showcase a variety of the area's best chocolate and confection companies selling tastes and treats of everything chocolate from truffles, cakes and cupcakes to cookies, brownies and ice creams. Chocolate savory items, including chocolate BBQ sauce, balsamic vinegars, and meat rubs, will be available for those looking for savories and sides. For the littlest chocoholics, Kids-4-Chocolate is the perfect place for children to create, launch, play, adventure and spin -- all in the name of chocolate. And, of course, education is key at MOSI, so Tampa Bay area families can learn about the Health, History and Science of Chocolate.

Award-winning pastry chefs and chocolatiers will host interactive demonstrations, sharing techniques and tricks of the trade, and a live wedding cake competition will give breathtaking artistic sculptures a tasty twist. Chocoholics of all ages will love making chocolate lip balm and the more adventurous can try their hand (or armpit) at creating armpit fudge. There is something for every type of chocoholic - chocolate wrapper fashion for the couture crowd, a chocolate Game Show Stage for the competition junkies and some Chocolate 101 for those looking to take home a pinch of chocolate wisdom. Other favorites at the event will include Chocolate University, taught by Chocolate Masters; Chocolate and Wine Pairings; Chocolate Brain Games; the Chocolate Check-Up; cookie stacking contests; and a complimentary chocolate raffle.

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Entrance into The Festival of Chocolate is included when you purchase MOSI admission (Adults: $21.95; Children: $17.95). Each adult advance purchase ticket will receive two dollars in chocolate coins to spend at The Festival of Chocolate. MOSI Members receive discounted entry pricing at only $10 a ticket for adults and member children 12 and under can attend for FREE. Advanced ticket purchases are available at www.tampa.festivalofchocolate.com. For more information, visit www.festivalofchocolate.com or call 813-438-4066.

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