Annual Chocolate Show Sweetens The City

Chocolate lovers are gathering today at the West Side's Pier 94 in Manhattan to take part in the first day of the 11th annual New York Chocolate Show.


The show is being held for this first time in the 55,000-square-foot space at 55th Street and 12th Avenue. The new venue is 15,000-square-feet larger that last year's space, to allow for more room for the perennially popular exhibition's long lines.


Sylvie Douce and her husband Francois Jeantet first organized the show in France, but soon moved to New York to attract a global audience.


"I decided to found this show with Francois, my husband, my ‘chocolate lover,’ because everybody eats chocolate in the world and chocolate makes you happy," said Douce. "And chocolate is the link between people, between consumer trade and production. It’s very important, chocolate, for life."


Chocoholics can delight in a chocolate dipping fountain, a chocolate spa and many clothing ensembles that emulate haute couture and superheroes.


"It's like your fantasy show. You go in and there's chocolate, chocolate everywhere," said Jackie Gordon, owner of Divalicious Chocolates. "There's chocolate fountains, there's chocolate bars, there's every kind of chocolate you can possibly imagine. If you're a chocolate lover, this is the place to be."


The New York Chocolate Show runs through Sunday. For more information, visit www.ChocolateShow.com.

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