The Chocolate Lovers’ Festival provides much-needed funds for non-profit organizations in the Eureka Springs area and Southwest Missouri. The beneficiaries are The Academy of Excellence, Eureka Springs School/Main Stage After School Kids, Cassville High School FFA and Galena High School Family and Consumer Science. The festival benefits the Eureka Springs community as well, drawing visitors to motels, restaurants and shops each year.
Admission will be $12 and $6 for children age six and under. Tickets may be purchased by calling 888-465-4753, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the Chocolate Lovers’ Festival Facebook page.
“Vacation Rentals is thrilled and humbled to be presenting the Chocolate Lovers’ Festival again this year, giving back to the community and area non-profit organizations,” said Pam Hinson, Holiday Island Vacation Rentals Manager. “We look forward to presenting this event every year. It’s the perfect day-trip or weekend getaway for anyone wanting to celebrate Valentine’s Day or just indulge in waterfalls of chocolate.”
The Chocolate Lovers’ Festival is nationally acclaimed. It has been featured in the national media including Southern Living magazine, and it has been selected as the second-best attraction for Valentine’s Day in the state of Arkansas.
A complete world of chocolate appreciation will be featured at the 9th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival including cakes, cookies, ice cream, multiple dipping fountains, beverages and more. Chocolate novelty items and body products will be on-hand as well. Vendors will showcase and promote their products while offering gourmet and homemade chocolate take-home samples to attendees from organic and household brand names to select boutique labels.
The festival also features several “best of” contests in both Amateur and Professional categories. Best Decorated Cake, Best Candy and Best Dessert will fall under the Professional Contest, while the Amateur Contest Adult Division will award the Best Decorated Cake and Most Creative Dessert. The Amateur Contest Youth Division will present Best Brownie, Best Candy and Best Cookies. This year’s Contest Celebrity Judges are Judi Hicks, Kat Robinson, Mike Bishop, Steve Grant and Tim Tibbs. Bios for each judge are available on the festival’s website at eurekachocfest.org.
The exhibitors will have an opportunity to be awarded “best of” as well as they will compete for Most Attractive Exhibitor Booth and the People’s Choice Award for Best Exhibitor Chocolate, decided by the attendees.
And if you want to take the festival home with you, the Chocolate Lovers’ Festival Cookbook, which features 504 chocolate recipes, will be available for purchase on-site for $15. The cookbooks are available for purchase on the Chocolate Lovers’ Festival Facebook page as well.
The Chocolate Lovers’ Festival was established in 2005 as a fundraiser for Clear Spring School by the Clear Spring School Development Committee, a dedicated group of volunteers including school staff and parents. Clear Spring School is a non-profit, accredited independent school in Eureka Springs, Ark. and was established in 1974.
After Clear Spring School stepped down as presenter of the festival in 2008, the Carroll County Board of Realtors took over the event in 2009 for one year before Vacation Rentals, Inc. expressed its interest and was handed the honor in 2010.
Vacation Rentals, Inc. is located in the heart of the Northwest Arkansas Ozark Mountains in Bella Vista, Ark., where it was founded in 1980 by Bob and Karen Dobbs. For 30 years, VR has been in the property management business, renting fully-furnished homes and townhomes by the night, week, month or year, and early on Vacation Rentals added an unfurnished rental program to its Bella Vista inventory which includes homes and townhomes.
Vacation Rentals’ three distinctive destinations in Bella Vista, Holiday Island and Hot Springs Village offer 67,500 acres of mountain beauty, 333 holes of golf, 16 lakes, and year-round fun and relaxation. Many of its homes offer lake or golf views, sundecks, Jacuzzis and fireplaces. The luxury to value-priced accommodations all come with the conveniences of high-speed internet and fully-equipped kitchens, including utensils. For more information about Vacation Rentals, visit its website at vacationrentalsinc.net.