|What I brought home to share.|
We arrived around 9:45am, 15 minutes before the walk was to officially begin. My arm is in a brace so no photos this year from the walk, sorry. We went to the starting point, Brown County Art Gallery, where we got our tickets, booklet that had a map of the shops participating, and a button to identify us. At this first stop there were two chocolate sample offered right away though only one was listed in the book. The surprise chocolate happened one more time on our walk.
Now the past two years we've done this the wait in lines is horrible at some spots. This year we decided to tackle the Main Street stops since those seem to be the biggest logjams. With this adjustment, we were able to make all 31 listed stops over the 9 X7 block area in 2.5 hours. Each of us packed away more of the samples than we ate or drank on the walk.
Many of the stops and the treats were the same as previous years. There were some exceptions. The Candy Emporium and Harvest Moon Pizzeria had different samples as did Holy Cow! though to be blunt, their chipotle hot chocolate was over done in terms of the spice, an opinion many shared if I can judge by the number of tossed out mostly full cups in the nearest trashcan. Many places had 2-3 different samples you could chose from but all but one requested you take only one sample. The lady at Ice Cream Cottage had a good selection but then was also giving out cinnamon popcorn which isn't chocolate but was a nice bonus.
There was less information this year in the booklet. Only five shops listed their "guest chocolatiers" though I'm completely certain many more stops didn't make their own treats. The listings for each stop last year has information about the sample they were handing out but this was not the case at all this time around. That's sad because my memory fades over time and given my arm being in a brace, the information was useful since I simply could not take notes the entire time any more than I could take photos.
It was great fun again to walk this all with our Chocolate Coconut Acolyte. We ran into another Chocolate Cult group while there as well. The weather was great, the cause is good, and it was fun. A wonderful pilgrimage all around.
Next year why not plan to join us; November 17, 2012, is the next date. Before then we may attend their "Chocolate! Chocolate!" fundraiser in February as we did last year. All indoors that time and more homemade than professionally made chocolates.
For those who attended, please leave a comment below.