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2013/02/21

Óbidos’ Festival transforms into “The Chocolate Factory”

The International Chocolate Festival of Óbidos will take place from February 22 to March 17. This year’s event is inspired by the movie “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, a very strong reason to come to Obidos and to join one of the most popular events, as well as the greatest chocolate exhibition of the Iberian Peninsula.

The Festival’s edition of 2013, once again, will only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, during four week-ends. One of the surprises of this year is the “My Chocolate Box” competition, which will award a prize to the most creative boxes for chocolate. Another innovation will be “The Chocolate Factory”, a wide space for making chocolate candies, where one may observe the pastry chefs at work. We will also introduce, for those who would like to improve their cooking skills, an interesting bookshop with baking and pastry recipes, especially with chocolate ingredients. Still another revelation of this edition will be “The Chocolate Laboratory”, an area dedicated to cocktail experimentation in an investigation environment.

As in previous years, the Festival will hold several competitions such as the International Chocolate Recipe Competition, The Portuguese Chocolatier of the Year Competition, the Chocolate Windowfront Competition and the most expected Chocolate Sculpture Competition. The famous Chocolate Fashion Show (with several chocolate accessories) will be held on March 16, in St. Mary´s Square, at 10pm.

Children will also have an opportunity at the event if they are led to the “Kids Cooking”, a kitchen atelier, especially designed for little ones, with professional surveillance. Adults may as well participate in the Chocolate Courses, from level 1 (for those who are about to start the art of preparing chocolate desserts) to level III (for those who already dominate the technique, but would like to know more).

In the old fortress area, where the event will take place, there will be a live chocolate sculpture-making, show cooking demonstrations, where traditional desserts and salty dishes (fish and meat) will be prepared with chocolate ingredients, body painting demonstrations and a game area for children if a chocolate break is needed.

Óbidos’ restaurants join the event by including in their menus specific dishes with chocolate ingredients.

Tickets are sold at the ticket office of the event or via internet www.obidos.bilheteiraonline.pt .

Useful information:
Opening hours:
- Fridays – from 2pm to 8pm
- Saturdays – from 10am to 10pm
- Sundays – from 10am to 8pm

Tickets:
- Adults (from 12 years old inclusive) – 7,00 euros
- Children from 6 to 11 years old – 5,00 euros
- Free entrance for Óbidos Via Verde para a Cultura card holders
- Residents living in the municipality – free entrance on Fridays
- Chocolate Courses – 7,50 euros (necessary to buy the ticket for the event)
- Kids Cooking – 3,00 euros (reservation for groups: +351 939 430 701)
- Tickets for groups (50 people or more) – 6,00 euros
- Ticket reservation for groups +351 262 959 231 or posto.turismo@cm-obidos.pt

Source: CM Óbidos

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