The 12th International Chocolate Festival 2014 has started today in Obidos (the festival dates are from 14 March till 6 April)
Every year over 200 thousand visitors come to Óbidos Portugal for the sole purpose of enjoying of the world's most popular ingredient. Besides trying different kinds of chocolates and desserts, visitors can sign up for cooking courses and watch as national and international professionals and amateurs compete for the many different prizes promoted during these 12 days.
During these days the medieval town’s narrow streets will be transformed into genuine showcases of cakes and sweets that everyone can sample and purchase. For younger visitors, the “Kids’ Chocolate House” offers activities and a kitchen where they can prepare several recipes. Adults can attend culinary classes where chocolate is always the base ingredient and also watch competitions involving professional pastry-makers, such as the “Chocolatier of the Year” and the “International Competition of Chocolate Recipes”, and also marvel at an array of chocolate sculptures – genuine works of art.
The theme of this year’s chocolate festival is Lisbon Zoo.