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Chocolate Fest 2018

Arts for Learning’s annual Chocolate Fest fundraiser is taking place on April 14th at the Indianapolis ArtsGarden in downtown Indianapolis. Chocolate Fest will feature tastings from Indiana’s celebrated chocolate vendors, as well as interactive performances from Arts for Learning’s teaching artists. Adult tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door. Child tickets (ages 3 to 13) are $5.

All proceeds for Chocolate Fest benefit Arts for Learning, the oldest and largest arts in education organization in the state, serving more than 50,000 students every year. Arts for Learning provides quality programming through our professional teaching artists in schools, community centers, after-school programs and more.

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ArtZone! at Chocolate Fest 2015

By Taylor Fengya

As always, we will have an Art Zone area at Chocolate Fest for the kids and the kids at heart! A ticket to Chocolate Fest will not only allow you to sample chocolate desserts, beverages, beer, and wine, but it will also give you the opportunity to participate in a number of different art stations in the Art Zone area.

This year, we will have five high school students and Arts for Learning teaching artist, Jude Odell, running art stations with a variety of activities. These five students have recently completed Arts for Learning’s fine arts summer apprenticeship, ArtForce. For three weeks over the summer, these students received daily instruction from clay expert and teaching artist, Jude Odell, along with a number of specialty workshops in areas such as drawing, comic book art, fabric art, and animation. We are thrilled to have these students and Ms. Odell prepare art activities for this year’s Art Zone area!

Want to know more about Art Zone? Come check it out for yourself on Saturday, October 17 from 12—4pm at the Dallara IndyCar Factory. Bring your kids, work on an art project together, and enjoy some chocolate! What could be better?

Chocolate Fest Checklist!

By Taylor Fengya

We are now less than 1 MONTH away from Chocolate Fest! Can you believe it? We would like to provide you with a checklist of important details regarding our fundraiser! We don’t want you to miss out on anything!

  • EVENT DETAILS: Saturday, October 17 from 12-4pm at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway, IN
  • WHO’S WHO: 22 vendors will be at Chocolate Fest this year!
    • Butler Winery
    • Chilly Water Brewing Company
    • Chilly Water Brewing Company
    • Confection Delights
    • Donaldson’s Finer Chocolates
    • Endangered Species Chocolates
    • Greenfield Chocolates:
      comprised of J. Evelyn Confections and Literally Divine Chocolates
    • Hubbard and Cravens
    • Just Pop In!
    • Louise’s Sweets
    • Mallow Run Winery
    • Peacetree Mountain Truffles
    • Prairie Farms
    • Princess Confections
    • Schakolad Chocolate Factory
    • Simple Taste, Inc.
    • Simply Divine Cupcakes
    • SoBro Cafe
    • Soupremacy
    • Sun King Brewery
    • The Best Chocolate in Town
    • Wicked Suga
  • RESTAURANT PARTNERS: To promote our fundraiser, we are partnering with 5 restaurants. Please come out on these dates, bring a flyer, and help raise money for Chocolate Fest!
    • Buffalo Wild Wing’s in Glendale on Wednesday, September 23 (all day)
    • Scotty’s Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. on Wednesday, September 30 from 4-10pm
    • Panera Bread in Glendale on Thursday, October 1 from 4-8pm
    • City Barbeque in Carmel on Tuesday, October 6 (all day)
    • Uno’s Pizzeria on Southport Rd. on Tuesday, October 13 (all day)
  • TICKETS: Now on Sale!
    • Purchase them online today! Click here to buy them now and save $5!
  • VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: We need your help!
    • Do you enjoy volunteering? Better yet, do you enjoy free chocolate? Please sign up to volunteer at Chocolate Fest! Shifts range from 2-3 hours. To show our appreciation, you will receive an Arts for Learning t-shirt and 5 free samples! Click here to sign up today!

Chocolate Fest Volunteer Opportunities!

By Taylor Fengya

In order to make this year’s Chocolate Fest the best one yet, we need your help! We are looking for people just like you to volunteer on Saturday, October 17 for Chocolate Fest. We have numerous volunteer duties to select from, and we ask that you sign up for at least one shift. We would love to have you for the entire day, and if you decide to volunteer for the event’s entirety, you might just get a little something extra from us to show our appreciation! Nonetheless, all volunteers will receive 5 free tastings and an Arts for Learning T-shirt.

To view all of our volunteer opportunities and sign up to volunteer for the event, please go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d49aeae2aa7f58-chocolate. Here you will see all of the options listed with the duties and time frame in which we need your assistance. Please help us by spreading the word to friends and family who might be interested in volunteering for our event while receiving free chocolate at the same time! Who doesn’t love free chocolate?!

Thank you for all of your help and support in making this year’s Chocolate Fest the best one yet!

What to Expect at Chocolate Fest!

By Taylor Fengya

What should I expect this year? Even if you have been to Chocolate Fest in previous years, this year’s event is one that you don’t want to miss! We are holding the event at the Dallara IndyCar Factory which is an entirely new venue to Chocolate Fest. Dallara’s open space, high ceilings, and tall windows will make it a very comfortable atmosphere for everyone! We will have multiple vendors from previous years return, but we are excited to welcome a large number of new vendors. The vendor line-up is very diverse, and we are sure that everyone will find something to enjoy!

Is this event kid-friendly? As in previous years at Chocolate Fest, we will be bringing back “ArtZone” to give children the opportunity to work with professional Arts for Learning teaching artists at multiple art stations. Children can grab some chocolate milk generously donated by Prairie Farms, work on projects guided by professional artists, and walk through Dallara’s Interactive Zone. Don’t worry—Dallara’s Interactive Zone will be open for everyone! To see what Dallara’s Interactive Zone has to offer, check it out here. To view Arts for Learning’s teaching artist roster, click here.

What about adults? Chocolate Fest is not just a kid-friendly event, but it is adult-friendly as well. There will be a separate room for beer and wine vendors at Chocolate Fest this year. Those 21 and older may choose to taste beer and wine samples and even purchase a larger glass to enjoy while at the event. For those adults who don’t care for alcohol but prefer coffee, Hubbard & Cravens will be sampling their delicious freshly-roasted coffee as well.

What exactly is Chocolate Fest? First and foremost, Chocolate Fest is Arts for Learning’s largest annual fundraiser. At Arts for Learning, our mission is to empower children to achieve their creative and intellectual potential through arts in education. In the ArtZone area, your children will have the opportunity to meet and work with a handful of Arts for Learning teaching artists. These artists provide high-quality fine arts programs, residencies, and workshops to schools around Indiana each year. If you happen to meet an artist at Chocolate Fest, feel free to ask them about what they do for us! They would love to tell you!

When is it again? We would love for you to come to Dallara on Saturday, October 17 from 12-4pm and taste delicious chocolate desserts and delicacies from over 20 vendors! Please enter through the main door located at the front of Dallara. Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, September 5. To eliminate long lines and having to pay an extra $5 at the door, we recommend that you buy your tickets ahead of time! As always, be sure to check our social media sites for the latest #ChocolateFest15 updates and news!

Twitter @ChocFestIndy

Instagram @chocfestindy

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Have you marked your calendar?

By Taylor Fengya
We are now just about 2 ½ months away from Chocolate Fest, Arts for Learning’s largest and most delicious annual fundraiser! This year, Chocolate Fest will be held on Saturday, October 17 from noon – 4pm at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway.

Tickets can be purchased beginning Saturday, September 5th on our website. Pre-sale tickets will cost $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-13 (2 and under are FREE). Tickets AT THE DOOR will cost $20 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-13 (2 and under are FREE). You are encouraged to by your tickets beforehand to eliminate long lines to get into the event!

Just in case you are curious to see who has come on board as a vendor for Chocolate Fest this year, here is the vendor list thus far:

  1. Sun King Brewing Co.
  2. Peacetree Mountain Truffles
  3. SoBro Café
  4. Schakolad Chocolate Factory
  5. Louise’s Sweets
  6. Confection Delights
  7. Wicked Suga
  8. The Best Chocolate in Town
  9. Mallow Run Winery
  10. Butler Winery
  11. Endangered Species Chocolate
  12. Donaldson’s Finer Chocolates
  13. Greenfield Chocolates comprised of Litterally Divine Chocolates and J. Evelyn Confections
  14. Simply Divine Cupcakes
  15. Chilly Water Brewing Co.
  16. Hubbard & Cravens
  17. Simple Taste Inc.
  18. Princess Confections

Out of this list, eleven have been vendors at Chocolate Fest in previous years. We are excited to welcome them back! We are also thrilled to welcome for the first time Peacetree Mountain Truffles, SoBro Café, Butler Winery, Donaldson’s Finer Chocolates, Simply Divine Cupcakes, Simple Taste, and Chilly Water Brewing Co who will be providing both beer and a chocolate dessert! It is always great to “sweeten up” this event with new vendors!

Don’t worry—we aren’t stopping here! We are actively seeking out another 5 chocolate shops, bakeries, or restaurants with unique chocolate desserts for this year’s Chocolate Fest. We are confident that our new additions will add a nice variety to this already versatile list of vendors!

Be sure to add this event to your calendar and spread the word to your fellow chocolate-lovers, beer and wine connoisseurs, family, friends, and colleagues. We don’t want anyone to be left out! We know that everyone will be able to find something to enjoy at Chocolate Fest—from a variety of chocolate samples and desserts, to beer and wine, and art stations, it’s an event for everyone!

Be sure to follow us on Social Media:

Twitter: @ChocFestIndy

Instagram: @chocfestindy

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Vendor Highlights!!

It’s World Chocolate Day and we have added more amazing Chocolate Fest vendors!!

Donaldson’s Finer Chocolates, Greenfield Chocolates, and Endangered Species Chocolate are all going to be at this year’s event with their own unique delicious desserts!

Donaldson’s Finer Chocolates creates chocolates in the old-fashioned way, using South American cocoa beans and Midwest dairy products. With their high quality ingredients and secret family recipes, these samples are sure to delight any chocolate lover.

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Greenfield Chocolates is once again coming to Chocolate Fest as a two-in-one experience with both J. Evelyn Confections and Literally Divine Chocolates adding to the creative production. This year they will be sampling caramels, toffee and truffles. In addition t these wonderful samples, they will be selling caramels, toffee, truffles and turtles!

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Endangered Species Chocolate is a returning vendor and we are so excited to have them back! Endangered Species Chocolate donates 10% of their net profits to partner organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation and humanitarian efforts. They will be serving up delicious samples of their new cocoa spread and chocolate bars!

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Keep checking back on Chocolate Fest website for more highlights as well as checking out Instragram, Facebook and Twitter!

Vendor Highlights!

By Taylor Fengya

Vendor Highlights of the Week!

We are back at it again!  It is time to reveal our next three vendors for this year’s Chocolate Fest on October 17th from noon-4pm at the Dallara IndyCar Factory.  We are excited to announce that Schakolad Chocolate Factory, Louise’s Sweets, and Confection Delights will be joining us for Chocolate Fest this year.  With the variety of chocolate delicacies provided by these three vendors, you will all be in for a treat!

  1. Schakolad Chocolate Factory, a Chocolate Fest 2014 participant, will be joining us once again this year to give out samples of their signature truffles! They will be selling boxes of truffles and chocolate lollipops for guests to take home. Schakolad, which started out as a small chocolate shop and expanded its business to multiple stores nationwide, maintains the “family-owned” feel by making their chocolates fresh at each location. We appreciate Schakolad Chocolate Factory’s willingness to participate in Chocolate Fest again this year and look forward to their participation in the future.

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  1. Louise’s Sweets, a Chocolate Fest vendor for the last two years, will return again for this year’s event. Louise’s Sweets will be offering samples of their gourmet chocolate covered Oreos and selling delicious chocolate covered pretzels and crème candies!  If you would like to try Louise’s Sweets, make sure you join us on October 17th!  We are very excited for Louise’s Sweets to return again this year!

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  1. Confection Delights, a Chocolate Fest vendor last October, will be returning this year to hand out samples of their tasty truffles and caramels. Additionally, Confection Delights will be selling truffles, gourmet chocolates, deluxe pretzels, and novelty and themed Oreos and suckers.  Located in Danville, IN, Confection Delights will reach a new crowd of hungry guests at this year’s event.  We are very excited to see Confection Delights return once again for Chocolate Fest on October 17th!

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