Imagine roaming freely through nearly one acre of exhibits, demonstrations, conferences, workshops and fashion shows dedicated to the consummate cocoa bean and all its derivatives.
For the first time ever, the Lyon Convention is hosting the renowned Salon du Chocolat from Friday December 9th to Sunday December 11th.
For those who don't know, the Salon du Chocolat is the quintessential meeting place of growers, artisans and consumers of cocoa, all who share a passion for this extraordinary product (you know who you are). For a city known the world over for its gastronomy, it's surprising this international trade fair hadn't come to Lyon sooner (Wikipedia says that this yearly chocolate show began in 1994).
Location: Lyon Convention Center - 50 quai Charles de Gaulle
Entrance Fees: 10€ for adults, 5€ for children 3 - 12, free for kids under 3
Date and Time: 10am to 9pm Friday 9 December
10am to 7pm Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December
Not to be missed: On Friday and Saturday at 7pm, haute couture and chocolate come together in a parade featuring chocolate dresses at the Convention Center's Raymond Barre Esplanade.
But the best way to appreciate this year's Salon du Chocolat in Lyon is through the tasting opportunities that will be offered throughout the weekend, of which there promises to be many.