Skip to main content

A world of chocolate treats will benefit the United Way

01/28/2014 06:25PM, Published by ACL, Categories: In Print, Arts+Entertainment

Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival

By John Chambless

Staff Writer

Last year, the organizers of the Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival found out they had a great idea on their hands. It turns out that a lot of people love chocolate, and 1,400 of them turned up to sample delicacies made by the region's top chefs to benefit the United Way of Southern Chester County.

This year, hopes are running high that the event on Feb. 9 will draw 2,000 or more people who are eager to satisfy their cravings for sweets. In anticipation of the crowd, the location has been moved to Kennett High School.

First of all, if you have a great recipe for a chocolate delicacy, enter now for judging in the festival. The deadline is Jan. 31, and you can register online at The contest is open to everyone – restaurant professionals, amateur chefs and and students ages 12 and older. They will win bragging rights and ribbons when their creations are judged.

Last year, nearly 200 entries were judged before the doors opened to the hungry public. Winners included Talula’s Table, The Gables in Chadds Ford, Renaissance Chocolates, and Catherine’s Restaurant, plus amateurs and students from throughout the Brandywine Valley.

Contestants compete in the categories of cakes, cookies, candies, brownies and cupcakes. There is no fee to enter. Chocolate donations are due on the morning of the event. After the judging, chocoholics of all ages are admitted for $5. For that fee, visitors can taste up to six decadent treats. If you have any more appetite, additional tastings are 50 cents each. All proceeds benefit United Way of Southern Chester County. 

 “Last year, all the top chefs in our area came through with fantastic recipes – there was chocolate as far as the eye could see,” said Carrie Freeman, the United Way CEO. “We had classic and novelty desserts, from Tea-infused Truffles and English Toffee to Flourless Chocolate Chipotle Cake and German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars. 

“Are you a great cook?” Freeman added. “Donate your best chocolate desserts and support this event!”

With chocolate fever building in the county, the Salon du Chocolat, a wine and chocolate evening, will kick off the celebration on Feb. 1 at the home of State Rep. Chris Ross and Cecilia Ross. The event  will feature artisan chocolates made by local chocolatiers, craft beers from Victory Brewing, and local wines from Borderland Vineyard, Galer Estate, Grace Winery and Paradocx Vineyard.

Tickets are $75 per person ($125 per couple). 

All proceeds from both events support United Way of Southern Chester County, which serves the residents of  the Avon Grove, Kennett, Oxford, and Unionville-Chadds Ford school districts. More than  30 health and human service programs, and some 13,000 people, got support from the organization last year.

For information, visit

united way of southern chester county united way kennett chocolate lovers festival

You might also like


United Way of Southern Chester County surpasses $1 million in allocations

This is the first time in history that the United Way of SCC has surpassed one million dollars in allocations in a one year campaign.

United Way president will be speaker at Lincoln commencement

Dr. Stacey Davis Stewart, the first black woman to serve as U.S. president of United Way Worldwide, will deliver The Lincoln University’s commencement address

Family Night Out celebrates community while supporting United Way

A silent auction and Quizzo, make for a fun Family Night Out while supporting a good cause.

  • Kennett Flash schedule


    The following acts are scheduled to perform at the Kennett Flash (101 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Squ...

  • Annual Fall Family Fun Day and Craft Fair

    09:00am — 04:00pm

    Nottingham Presbyterian Church hosts a family fun day and craft fair annually on the third Saturd...

  • Nottingham Presbyterian Church

    09:00am — 04:00pm

    A fun day for the entire family. Come out and enjoy great food, unique crafts, free entertainmen...

  • Zoo Yoga: OM’ing Otters

    09:15am — 10:15am

    (Ages 4-7 years old) Weekly Saturdays or Sundays, September-November (Classes held in the Educati...

  • International Red Panda Day

    10:00am — 01:00pm

    Become a Red Panda Ranger! A Red Panda Ranger is a special title given to a child who has learned...

  • Celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday at Milburn Orchards this weekend! Share a piece of his birt...

  • Saturday Zoo Tales

    10:30am — 11:00am

    Join us for a fun, animal or nature themed story and a visit from one of our fun program animals!...

  • Open Hive Day

    10:30am — 12:00pm

    Join TLC apiarist, Dan Borkoski, for an inside look at the busy buzzy world of honeybees. Partici...

  • Harvest Day Cookout

    11:30am — 06:30pm

    The fall is approaching and this means one thing - The 45th Annual Yardley Harvest Day is right a...

  • Goo Fest

    02:00pm — 05:00pm

    As part of North Star Orchard's Adventure in Flavor tasting series, you are invited to Goo Fest! ...

  • Brews for Books

    06:00pm — 09:00pm

    Sample fine craft beers with friends and support public libraries at Brews for Books, a craft bee...

  • Kennett Flash schedule


    The following acts are scheduled to perform at the Kennett Flash (101 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Squ...

  • Celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday at Milburn Orchards this weekend! Share a piece of his birt...

  • Taste Kennett Food Tours

    01:00pm — 04:00pm

    Taste Kennett Food Tours, creators of memorable, unique and fun food experiences, offer three-hou...

  • Writing Baseball


    What happens when baseball leaves the field and swirls around in the imaginations of great writer...

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

Chester County High School Sports