Paris, le Salon du Chocolat
Le Salon du Chocolat – “From bean to bar…”
Phone: +33 (1) 45 03 21 26
Starts: October 19, 2007
Ends: October 22, 2007
Open: Daily 10 am – 7 pm, Evening hours on October 19 and 20 until 8pm
Prices: Adults, 12 euros; Children under 12, 6 euros; Children under 3 enter free
The Salon du Chocolat translates to The Living Room of Chocolate which boasts two halls filled to the brim with the world’s finest chocolates and most superlative chocolatiers along with entertainment for the whole family. Now who wouldn’t want to go taste and see?
The Chocolate Show is an international tour which is making its thirteenth stop in
Paris at the Paris Expo this year. World re-known chocolatiers and ice cream makers will be giving recipe demonstrations of their exclusive culinary skills as well as handing out indulgent taste testing samples to the masses. There are “cocoa show” lectures which take you on a journey from the beginning of chocolates time to where chocolate stands in our lives today. On the final day, the Chocolate Awards will hand out trophies and plaques to the most prestige chocolate makers in the world.
This sounds like your average expo right? Wrong! There is so much more to the Chocolate Show than your ordinary everyday exposition. It does not stop with all of the extraordinary learning and tingling taste buds but rather goes much deeper into the chocolate lovers’ imagination.
If you don’t believe us try out the Chocolate Fashion Show. Designers and chocolate makers alike will collaborate to bring fans approximately twenty fashionable looks made up of delectable and partially edible chocolate garments. The Chocolate Fashion Show also works to collect chocolates via the association Voi de l’Enfant which is sponsored by comedian Carole Bouqet. The association will then deliver the delicious goodies to children around the global for the upcoming holiday seasons.
There are also wonderful and tasty exhibitions that you never might have thought possible such as the “Beauty, Health and Pleasures of Chocolate” feature. The Salon du Chocolat will hold an up to the minute cocoa butter beauty show which speaks to onlookers on all the ways cocoa butter is a healthy cocoa bean derivative. Bernard Cassiere has teamed up with Chocolats Bovetti to bring the audience edible beauty treatments. Or find out more on Nat’Epils Company and their use of chocolate wax while performing hair removal techniques. Chocolate often gets a bad rap but the “Beauty, Health and Pleasures of Chocolate” exhibition will forever change spectators’ minds into seeing the nourishing and bountiful benefits that chocolate can bring to ones life.
Of course le Salon du Chocolat did not forget about the sweet-toothed kiddies. Chocoland, for children ages 4 to 10 is an entertaining decoration workshop. Children become bona fide chocolatiers with a chef’s hat and apron to match! From individual design to taste testing to devouring this one of a kind workshop will make your children chocolate lovers for a lifetime.
All in all the Living Room of Chocolate is for chocolate lovers of all ages and an experience you will cherish and enjoy, no matter who is in your company.
Paris Metro Stations for the Chocolate Show
The best metro to take will be line 12. Get off at the “Porte de Versailles” station. Once off of the metro, you will want to make your way to the Paris Expo. The event is located in Halls 5/2 & 5/3.
Paris Hotels for the Chocolate Show
There are plenty of magnificent hotels in the 18th district, where the Chocolate Show is located.
For a more budget stay, try the 2 star Hotel Comfort Inn Saint Pierre Paris. Starting at 69 euros a night, the inn is affordable yet very cozy and charming. It is also relatively near other landmarks like the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral as well as public gardens, shopping, disco, opera, museums and fantastic restaurants.
If you’d like a little more bang for your buck, 3 star Hotel Des Arts Paris is the place to book. The rooms are eclectic and some of which are filled with antiques and pictures against the back drop of beautiful stone interior walls. At a mere 90 euros per night you can get the pleasure and luxuries of a much higher priced hotel.
For 144 euros per day, you can party the night away at 3 star Citadines Appart’Hotel Montmarte Paris. This hotel has simplistic apartment like rooms which further enhance the sweeping views of its districts village atmosphere. After a day at the Chocolate Show, you can enjoy the nightlife at a large assortment of bars, restaurants and cabarets including the infamous Moulin Rouge.
If you enjoy nothing less than the best, book your stay at the 4 star Terrass Hotel starting at 231 euros per night. The hotel has wide spread views of the surrounding district from its casual cafe terrace. Inside of the beautiful stone facade the rooms are completely chic. The hotel takes pride in the relaxing atmosphere that they provide for all of their guests in this very modern yet unfussy hotel.
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