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Temple Bar Chocolate Festival

“The 12-step chocoholics program: NEVER BE MORE THAN 12 STEPS AWAY FROM CHOCOLATE!”

I am in agreement with Terry Moore. Anyone who knows me, knows of my love for chocolate. Mind, I’m not a choco-junkie per se, because even I am not living such decadent life to be eating them every single day.

But I have a deep appreciation for chocolate. I am willing to try new flavours and concoctions in a heartbeat (chocolate with chilli and peppercorn, anyone?). I have travelled just to attend chocolate fairs (EuroChocolate in Rome, Salon du Chocolat in Paris – twice!). I pay some crazy amount of money for small nuggets of chocolatey goody when I think it’s worth it (and I’m afraid it happens a tad too often).

Last year, a colleague who was out of idea what to get me for Kris Kindle ended up giving me – no prize for guessing correctly – voucher to Butlers Chocolate.

Chocolate (picture taken at Salon du Chocolat in Paris)

Chocolate (picture taken at Salon du Chocolat in Paris)

So I’m excited. I’m excited that Temple Bar Chocolate Festival is back. There are free demonstrations (but ticketed, so ring up to book your place), truffles making and chocolate tasting workshops, chocolate beauty treatment (also free and booking essential), and I could go on and on. Just have a look at the full programme here.

The Temple Bar Chocolate Festival runs from Friday 30th October to Sunday 1st November. In conjunction with the festivities, No Grant Gallery is presenting an exhibition entitled “Come with me and you’ll see a world of pure imagination”. It opens ahead of the festival, on Thursday 22nd October and will close on Tuesday 3rd November. The exhibition is free and no booking is required.

Ah, chocolate… yes, I’m eating some right now. Lindt Ecuador 75%. Smooth and delicately sweet for a dark chocolate. Nyom nyom.

Movies, circus and chocolate!

There are quite a few events being organised by the Temple Bar Cultural Trust that I must bring to your attention. They are free, but occasionally are ticketed, so no harm planning a little ahead in order to get your hands on the tickets.

There are free movies on the square in Temple Bar (where the market usually is on Saturdays) throughout the months of July and August, circus workshops that you can take part in, and for the first time ever a chocolate fair with tasting sessions, movie enticement (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, of course) and visual arts inspired by chocolate!

Just click on the relevant banners below to get to the relevant pages. They’re placed in (sort of) chronological order, just so you can focus on which event that’s taking place first.

Jameson Movies on the Square

Dublin Circus Festival

Temple Bar’s Chocolate Festival

Please note that for the tickets to the movies, the reservation usually opens only about a week prior to showing. So perhaps it’ll be a better idea to mark which film you may be interested in, then contact them for your tickets a few days ahead of it.

As for the circus, in general, tickets will be available from this weekend onwards (28th June) but no harm checking the actual listing (using the linked banner above) to have the right time and date for the show that you’re interested in.

With all free thing goes, tickets are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. So get moving and they should be lots of fun, whether for a group of friends together or for the family.

I really love it that Dublin has so much going on this summer at no cost for its citizens! :-D

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