This is a sponsored article on behalf of The Chocolate Show
Chocolate fans rejoice, as a show entirely dedicated to one of the nation's favourite foods comes to Olympia, London. The Chocolate Show, running from 14-16 October, is the ultimate celebration of all things cocoa-related, from truffles to bars, cakes to patisserie. As well as exhibitors displaying their chocolatey wares, celebrity demos, and a chocolate fashion show, free tastings at the Friday to Sunday event mean that you'll have the opportunity to sample the variety currently on offer in the chocolate world.
If you thought that chocolate was only a dessert affair, Adam Rawson, former chef of Pachamama, will convince you otherwise, with his selection of small plates that all feature chocolate. Perhaps a beef, chocolate and barbeque sauce slider, or crispy cauliflower with pecan mole and smoked yoghurt will inspire you to include chocolate in your savoury dishes. Alternatively, get hands-on at Hotel Chocolat's School of Chocolate, where visitors can join in a bean to bar workshop, or put their artistic skills to the test with chocolate sculpting.
A sit down is likely to be in order after wandering round The Chocolate Show, so a good idea may be to indulge in afternoon tea courtesy of Paul A Young and The Intercontinental Park Lane. For a bargain £14, an exclusive Chocolate Show afternoon tea offers alternatives to the classic jam and cream - the menu's brown sugar scone with sea salted caramel is particularly tempting.
The main stage will host celebrity chefs and icons of the chocolate world, who will demonstrate just how they put chocolate to good use in the kitchen, and offer hints, tips and recipes for chocolate-related creations. Friday will see Vivek Singh of the Cinnamon Club, while Saturday is dedicated to the females in the industry, featuring Cherish Finden, judge of Great British Bake Off: Crème de la Creme, and Café Royal's executive pastry chef Sarah Barber.
As if you hadn't been enlightened enough as to the extent of chocolate's capabilities, the world-famous Chocolate Fashion Show every day at 5pm will showcase models wearing outfits made of, and inspired by chocolate. This is way more elaborate than just a dress created from Dairy Milk, or a scarf made out of snickers - this is chocolate artistry at its finest. It may be what they call a good taste in fashion.
The Chocolate Show is at National Hall, Olympia, Friday 14 October 11-7pm, Saturday 15 October 10-7pm, Sunday 16 October 10-6pm. Tickets £15 on the door or £12.50 if purchased in advance. For more information, and to book tickets, click here.