2018 Chocolate Fest-February 2, 2018

Our Chocolate Fest judges, Vic, Lanie, Bill, Glen and Noah, had the tough assignment of tasting ALL the entries— a chocolate smorgasbord! And the judges’ choices for the best of the 2018 Chocolate Fest are—

Savory:

Chocolate pulled pork with slaw by Sweeney’s at 50 Shades of Hair

Dessert (Sweet): A TIE 

Assorted Chocolate cheesecakes by Grandma Apple’s Cheesecakes at Rebuilding Together and Chocolate truffles by Jessicakes at Corina Contemporary Jewelry

Beverage: Kahlua/vanilla vodka/Baileys shots (with Oreo cookie) by Henry’s Tavern.

Our Fan Favorites, as chosen by public ballot that night are:

Savory:

Bacon S’more by Pizza Works

Dessert (Sweet):

Assorted Chocolate cheesecakes by Grandma Apple’s Cheesecakes at Rebuilding Together

Beverage: 

Turtle Mocha by Coffee Planet

Thank you to all the fabulous chefs, all the businesses who participated and all the other great First Friday venues and the hundreds of hardy souls who braved the frigid temps for the love of Chocolate! 

We would like to thank this year’s sponsors, The Candle Collective, Ballston Spa National Bank, Tech Valley Talent and The Adirondack Trust Company, for their generous support. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Responses to “2018 Chocolate Fest-February 2, 2018”

  1. Thomas

    Can you tell me the address that’s the same day as my wifes birthday and would like to surprise her

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    • Ellen Mottola

      Hi Thomas,

      The “Sweet Spots” will be participating businesses in the downtown Ballston Spa business district, mostly on Front Street, Milton Avenue and Washington Street. Visitors stop at each location for their $1 tastings. We’ll have the participating venues up in the near future so check back here and on our Facebook page!

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    • Ellen Mottola

      Hi Rita,

      Your messages have been forwarded to the Chocolate Fest/First Friday committee so they know you want to participate again. Best to communicate with them directly by emailing to firstfridays@ballston.org. Thanks!

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  2. Robin

    Will there be some kind of booklet to direct you to the businesses participating? Will there be a specific starting point?

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    • Ellen Mottola

      Hi Robin,

      Yes, there will be “Sweet Spot” maps with ballots at all participating venues that evening that you can pick up and bring with you to each spot. We should also have a printable one available on the Chocolate Fest webpage prior to the evening (once all our chefs and locations are finalized). There isn’t a specific starting point, just jump right in at any location and work your way around as you wish. Remember that while many of the spots are within the Front St./Milton Ave./Washington St. area, there is one also on Prospect Street in the Factory Building (The Candle Collective) that we don’t want people to miss!

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    • Ellen Mottola

      Hi Deborah,

      The village has parking lots on Malta Avenue, on the corner of Front and Bath Streets (next to the Medbery Inn), lower Bath Street at Prospect Street (near The Factory) as well as on the street parking on the main and side roads. As these will likely fill up quickly, would also suggest using the parking lot at the Saratoga County Courthouse Complex on West High Street.

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  3. Jamie Hewitt

    Will there be a list of what each location is offering on the ballot? We’ll be coming with little ones and knowing if it’s a sweet, savory or drink will save time (and tears) if we know which places to visit upfront.

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    • Ellen Mottola

      Hi Jamie,
      Please do check out the Chocolate Fest map and ballot form on the Chocolate Fest page. It lists all the Sweet Spots and what kind of chocolate tasting(s) they are offering. These maps will also be available at any of the Sweet Spots Friday evening. Most places are featuring dessert (sweet) samplings, a few have savory, and others are chocolate beverages (Henry’s Tavern and Sunset Cafe’s beverages are alcohol based, so only 21 and older for those tastings). Additionally, for the kids, there are other non-competition spots to check out: Prolific Marketing’s “Wheel of Chocolate”–a free spin of the wheel to get a chocolate candy treat, Ballston Spa United Methodist Church will have kids’ Valentine’s crafts and refreshments and Brookside Museum will have a fun Photo Booth. More information on our First Friday page. Hope this helps!

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