You know you’re in West Virginia when you get all four seasons in one day! But the cold, snowy, windy, sunny, hail, and mixed rain weather didn’t stop the crowd from coming out today to the Lewisburg Chocolate Festival which made a successful return in downtown Lewisburg (Greenbrier County). This one-day event, which is in its 14th year is an April tradition that was last held in 2019.
An evolution took place alongside the return. There was a new exhibit featuring Candyland themed photos at Sheena Pendley Design and Photography! This was a free service where hundreds of children had their photos professionally taken in a Candyland setting.
The event was also filled with 45 tasting locations offering chocolate favorites, and continues to be a fundraiser for the United Way of Greenbrier Valley.
The festival also saw another new evolution with Sasquatch. Yes, this infamous creature came out of the hills and hollows of West Virginia to share his adventurous spirit to take photos with visitors and promote his favorite barrel-aged chocolate stout by Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company. And while this may become legend one day, the sasquatch was delighted to flex for us in the streets!
“It was a lot of fun seeing the community come out,” said Rachel Warner, owner at Warner Music Studio and Manic Espresso, “it was super busy, but it was so much fun and we were thrilled to participate!” Rachel spent the day serving chocolate mousse and Manic Espresso chocolate-covered coffee beans at the music school.
After missing the last two years due to covid, this April tradition made a triumphant return to celebrate its 14th year! Everyone enjoyed chocolate-covered strawberries. moscato d’asti with chocolate pairings, oreo balls, sarris chocolate bars, warm chocolate bread pudding, chocolate-covered bananas, chocolate martini shots, and so much more!
Lewisburg always go above and beyond each year and we cannot be more appreciative for their incredible commitment and effort to deliver lifetime memories. If you haven’t yet, make plans for the 15th annual Chocolate Festival slated for Saturday, April 8th!
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