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Béziers to Hold Chocolate Festival in October 2011

Building on the success of its first Chocolate Festival (Féria du Chocolat) in 2006, which attracted nearly 10,000 visitors in two days, the town of Béziers has announced the opening of its new Chocolate Hall at the Palais des Congrès for this year’s event, which will be held on 15-16 October 2011.

Beziers, France, August 10, 2011 --( The Chocolate Festival is being organised by the town of Béziers in association with the Béziers Mediterranean Tourist Office. Laurent Carratié, a patissier-choclatier from the Béziers area, is the technical advisor. The island of Sao Tome and Principe, known as "chocolate island," will once again be sponsoring the event. Other companies taking part include Tables Gourmandes, France Bleu Hérault and Cluizel.

Chocolate Hall will be open from 10am to 7pm and more than 20 exhibitors will be showing their wares, including leading chocolatiers , distributors and beauticians. Everything from gourmet confections to chocolate soap will be on show. There are also free chocolate tastings, chocolate-making demonstrations and chocolate massages on offer for visitors. There’s also a chocolate-themed bookshop.

Free entertainment will include wine and chocolate workshops, cookery demonstrations by top chefs and gourmet chocolate artists, candy-making and chocolate-moulding classes, Fimo modelling and activities for children, ranging from story-telling to face painting with chocolate.

Conference themes will tackle topics such as: "Chocolate, an anti-depressent?" and "Will chocolate really make you fat?" Visitors can also find out about the History of Chocolate and uncover the secrets of the cocoa bean.

The Chocolate Festival will be open to the public on 15-16 October from 10 am to 7pm

Admission prices:
5 € (Adult)
2.5 € (Children from 3 to 16 years)
3.5 € (Per person for a minimum group of 20 people)
Free (Children under 3 years)

Ludivine Calvet
Beziers Congres
Palais des Congrès
29 Avenue Saint Saëns
34500 Beziers
Tel : 00 33 4 67 76 84 00
fax : 00 33 4 67 62 29 05

Note for editors:
This press release was issued on behalf of the town of Béziers by The Final Word, UK.

For press information contact:
Dawn Smith, The Final Word

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The Final Word
Dawn Smith
Béziers Congrès convention bureau, France.

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