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Salon du Chocolat: Gourmet Chocolate Festival Opens in Paris

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World-known ‘Salon du Chocolat’ has opened its doors to everyone for the 16th time. From the 28th of October through November the 1st, thousand of people have an opportunity to taste sample goodies during five days of chocolate heaven. What’s more, tourists and visitors can buy an incredible selection of chocolates.

The World’s Biggest Festival

‘Salon du Chocolat’, literally Salon of Chocolate in French, is considered the world’s biggest chocolate festival. It is also called one of the most popular gastronomic events in France. The 16th edition features more than four hundred participants. Among them: exhibitors, cocoa producers and chocolatiers from around the world who present their chocolate inventions and masterpieces to public. More over, visitors have a great chance to see live recipe demonstrations by international master chiefs and, of course, enjoy the chocolate dress parade!

Fashion designers in collaboration with chocolatiers have created amazing and delicious costumes, dresses, shoes, hats and other accessories – all made from real chocolate. These chocolate costumes are presented in catwalk shows which take place every day.

In addition to that, 2010 Chocolate fair features workshops for adults and children, dessert bookstore, chocolate exhibitions and chocolate conferences – everything is dedicated to chocolate here. There are also chocolate awards which will be given to the world’s top artisan chocolate makers.

The Chocolate show is opened everyday from 10 am till 7 pm. There are admission fees: adults – €12, children under 12 – €6, children under 3 – free. About 120,000 visitors are expected to visit the Chocolate event in Paris.

This annual international trade fair for the international chocolate industry started in 1994. It is supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has been held in New York, Tokyo and Russia’s capital – Moscow. It was also held in Beijing in 2009 and Shanghai in 2010.

Chocolate Consumption Statistics

Nowadays, chocolate in all of its varied forms remains the most favorite confection around the globe.

What country consumes the most chocolate per person? It is Switzerland – the world’s leader in chocolate consumption with 22.36 pounds per person, according to a survey by Chocolate Manufacturers Association.

Meanwhile, Austria and Ireland – not far behind with 20.13 pounds and 19.47 pounds. Australia holds the 9th place – 12.99 lbs/year. As for the United States of America – it is on the 11th place with 11.64 lbs/year. Japan takes the 17th place with 3.90 lbs/year and Brazil – the 20th place 2.25 lbs/year.

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