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Mark your calendar for the Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival

01/06/2015 10:49AM ● By J. Chambless

If you've got a favorite chocolate recipe, you can get local bragging rights and help out the United Way of Southern Chester County by entering your dessert in the Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival, which is slated Feb. 8 in Kennett Square.

The deadline for entering your best chocolate dessert is Jan. 30. The contest is open to professional chefs and great bakers ages 12 and older, and there's no cost to enter. Entries don't have to be original. For complete rules, visit

The Chocolate Festival is an eagerly anticipated annual midwinter event that draws hundreds of entries and a bigger crowd of people who love their chocolate. The event will be held at Kennett High School (100 E. South St., Kennett Square) from 1 to 4 p.m. If you go, you'll get to choose from among cakes, brownies, candies, cookies, cupcakes and dazzling chocolate creations of all kinds. Winning recipes will get ribbons and prizes, and visitors get to sample some delicious treats.

General admission at 2 p.m. is $10 per person, and includes six tastings. Connoisseur tickets for admission at 1 p.m. are $25 per person (or $45 for two people), including beverages and parking. General admission parking is $5.

Last year’s first-place amateur winners collected behind-the-scenes kitchen tours and gift certificates at the Hotel DuPont, Victory Brewing, The Gables at Chadds Ford, Pescatore’s Restaurant, and Two Stones Pub in Kennett Square.

"We couldn’t do this festival without the support of our community," said Carrie Freeman, CEO of United Way of Southern Chester County. "Thanks to our wonderful amateur and professional bakers and our local sponsors, the Festival raised over $16,000 for our community."

The United Way of Southern Chester County serves the residents of Avon Grove, Kennett, Oxford, and the Unionville-Chadds Ford school districts. More than 30 area health and human service programs are supported by the United Way.

For more information, visit

To contact Staff Writer John Chambless, e-mail [email protected].