Chocolate Festival

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Noon to 4 p.m.
Join Creative Discovery Museum Saturday, September 16 from noon until 4 p.m. as we present the fifth annual Chocolate Festival. We will spend the afternoon celebrating chocolate's history, science, and decadence. This year’s event will focus on the roots of chocolate and the cultural ties between chocolate production and Guatemala. 
Guests will have an opportunity to create fabulous treats starring everyone’s favorite ingredient, chocolate!
  • Noon - See how chocolate mousse is made and have a taste of the finished product
  • 1 p.m. - Roll on up to make some sweet chocolate truffles
  • 1:30 p.m. - Join us for messy fun and cheer on your favorite in the Chocolate Pie Eating Contest
  •  2 p.m. - Make it bloom with chocolate decorative flowers
  •  3 p.m. - They're small. They're versatile. They're chocolate chips! Don't miss this baking class (which will have plenty of samples)
But there's more to chocolate than just the sweet. Did you know that chocolate products are used in many of the products you use daily? Did you know that chocolate pods grow on the trunks of trees? Learn how different kinds of chocolate are made, experience the different flavors of chocolate, and make one of the more common products that use a chocolate byproduct as you visit stations around the Museum. Activities include:
  • Make lotion using cocoa butter
  • Sample three different types of chocolate
  • Explore how chocolate pods are grown, picked, fermented, dried, roasted, and blended to make different forms of chocolate

In addition to all the sweet activities, a Guatemalan folkloric dance team will perform and a booth with examples of Guatemalan textiles, games and culture will be on-site for the duration of the Festival.

"Chocolate is a universal joy for children and adults. What better way to enjoy chocolate than through an event completely devoted to it's lore and decadence?" says Creative Discovery Museum's Arts Manager, Liza Blair.
All activities are free with Museum admission. Artist support for this event is provided through funding from ArtsBuild and Tennessee Arts Commission.

Want a taste of what's to come? Here's the footage from the first Chocoloate Pie Eating Contest (held in 2014), featuring Creative Discovery Museum Executive Director Henry Schulson, meteorologist Bill Race of WTVC News Channel 9, meteorolgist David Karnes of WRCBtv Channel 3, and meteorologist Megan Wise of WDEF News 12. Thanks to all of them for being such good sports!