- GRAV WELDON
- TINY BIRD NESTS: Chocolate covered shredded wheat & jelly beans
This year’s festival saw some major improvements in exhibits and a good number more vendors and such at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks conference center. Hundreds came in to view the chocolate competition, eat a cupcake and check out one of the four chocolate fountains going on-site.
It’s good to see the festival grow. It was a disappointment that the chocolate conference originally scheduled for Friday had to be cancelled, since the roads were just too treacherous for people to safely make it. I came in Friday afternoon and had no problem in that area — though leaving Little Rock Friday morning I did deal with the mess on I-430! Coming through Rogers there was still far more than a foot of snow on the ground. Eureka Springs didn’t get so much, but it’s still everywhere here — everywhere except on the pavement, thank goodness.
I ended up taking off before the end of the big event — the gala dinner and dance offered up for a separate admission. Some of the dresses were fabulous… and I envied the chance the folks there because some of the silent auction items were just awesome.
Anyway, more going on this weekend in Eureka Springs I’ll be covering. If you’re thinking about it, put a note in your appointment book about saving next Valentine’s Day weekend for the Chocolate Lovers Festival. I think you’ll get a kick out of it.