Friday, February 10, 2012
Last night was fantastic! I'm not sure what I was expecting (I've never gone before), but it was much larger and more well attended an event than whatever it was I was expecting. It was all a little overwhelming, at first, I must admit. When my mom and I walked it, we were confronted by a horde of people sampling treats, sitting and talking, or just wandering around. There were tables and tables filled with chocolate treats of all kinds - truffles, brownies, cakes, cupcakes, macaroons, cookies, tartlettes, speciality chocolates, and on and on. There were even 'healthy' varieties like gluten free and sugar free concoctions. There was a giagantic chocolate fountain (with fruit to dip in it, to make it 'healthy'), and stations with cappuchino and chocolate flavoured teas to try, as well as a water & milk station. There were three silent auction stations as well, with even more chocolate goods (as well as some other things, like 'spa' baskets or gift certificates for local businesses) available.
For your entry fee, you got 8 'tickets' to trade to any vendor to sample one of their treats. They also gave you, right off the bat, a takeout container to keep all your goodies in. If you wanted more, you could always buy another block of four 'tickets'. I must say, the takeout container was a fantastic idea. Between my mom and I we had 16 tickets, and we made the most of them, splitting some offers down the middle so we could each have a bit. However, because we could so easily take the treats home, we ending up sampling only a few choice bits there (a shared cupcake, a shared slice of mousse cake, and a shared slice of lava cake, things too messy to take home). The rest came home with us, and my 'haul' is sitting in my fridge, a small taste treat available to sample each day for the next week.
We did a walk around first, to make sure that we got exactly what we wanted, and didn't waste any of our tickets. This meant that we didn't end up getting anything until late in the evening, but that worked out in our favour, as we ended up getting 'twofers' at some vendors, who did not want to take anything back with them, making our tickets stretch even further! For example, two mini white chocolate and strawberry tartletts for one ticket meant my mom and I could each take one home with us. We both indulged at the chocolate fountain, but we only went through the line once (it was free for as many passes as you wanted, you just had to wait). Mom had a free cappuchino, and I had a free chocolate mint rooibos tea, to wash down the cakes we shared. We went through the silent auction (there wasn't much we were interested in that was within our budget, but it was fun to look over), and sat and listened to the live band play upbeat and energetic music. We didn't win the raffle or any doorprizes, but it didn't matter. We were well treated as it was!
All in all it was a wonderful night out, and for a very good cause. I'm going to keep an eye out for this event again next year.