It’s National Chocolate Week. **Queue excited screams of hungry females everywhere** Better than Easter, this incredible excuse for consuming truck loads of chocolatey goods is SEVEN DAYS LONG, meaning there’s absolutely no holding back (and no need to ration yourself to a few squares per night…) And with Bake Off over, scoffing silly amounts of sugar no longer has to be confined to Wednesday evenings only. Hello October, we think we like you.
1. The Chocolate Show at Olympia National Hall
The grand finale of the week. All that chocolate munching you’ve been doing this week has only been practice for this. Over 60 of the best British and international chocolate brands are coming together under one roof. There will be live demonstrations from world-renowned chefs, pastry masterclasses, chocolate cookery classes and the outlandish Chocolate Fashion Show, which, as you may have guessed, involves models sporting garments made entirely out of chocolate. Let’s hope they don’t get too hot on the runway…
Friday 16th – Sunday 18th
2. Bikework’s Brownie Bake Off in Bethnal Green
Like the rest of the Western world, we’ve got a bit of an obsession with bikes and coffees, but bikes and brownies… Now that’s novel. Especially when we’re talking bicycle repair shops and baking contests. (Is it just us, or are you picturing men mixing batter with spanners right now)? Moving on. Drop by the Bikeworks in Bethnal Green on Thursday, pick up a bar of Divine Chocolate, nip back home and whip up a batch of your best brownies, and then come back to the bike shop for a massive bake off. Sounds like a lot of free brownies. But the question is, will the winners will be as good as Bad Brownie?
Thursday 15th, 6.30pm – 8pm
3. Chocolate Afternoon Tea At Harvey Nichols, Kightsbridge
Inspirational chocolatier, Paul A Young, has created a chocolate afternoon tea for Harvey Nichols, which will be served throughout the month of October – or #Choctober as they’ve decided to rebrand it. Available at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge, and across other cities in the UK, the menu includes some daring combinations, such as a savoury chocolate and gorgonzola sandwiches, Moroccan spiced chocolate pot and carrot and chocolate chip cake with coconut frosting (YUM). The tea costs £20, or £28 when you get a bit of bubbly involved.
Every day in October
4. Chocolate Spa Treatment At K West Hotel, Shepherds Bush
The top London hotel spa has teamed up with Divine to create the Divine Chocolate and Cranberry Indulge treatment. Featuring a cranberry body wrap, a chocolate balm body massage, an antioxidant drink and a complimentary bar of Divine chocolate, this is one for the choco-enthusiasts out there. (Particularly those that enjoy being coated in the stuff). The treatment costs £125 and lasts for an hour and a half. We couldn’t think of a much more indulgent way to spend the afternoon.
5. Choco-Beerfest at Tap East, Westfield Stratford
Do you like beer? What about chocolate? How do you feel about chocolate beer? Madagascan ‘Fair for Life’ chocolate brand Madécasse is teaming up with London brewery Tap East to create an ultra-exclusive chocolate beer to celebrate Chocolate Week. The Choco-Beerfest will kick off on Thursday 15th October at 4pm at Tap East, Great Eastern Market, Westfield Stratford City, with the first pints of the beery-chocolate goodness being pulled at 7pm. Very, very intriguing…
Thursday 15th October, 4pm
Psssst… You chocoholic. Do you know where to get a Nutella Martini in London? We do.