Cressing Temple Barns will be transformed into chocolate heaven next month as the Cressing Chocolate Festival takes place, celebrating all things chocolate – from beans, to bars, to ice cream.
Taking place between 10.30am-4:30pm on Friday 19 April, the family festival will include a mixture of food and drink stalls, workshops and talks from chocolate experts, all set within the unique setting of one of the county’s oldest historical sites.
Tickets for the festival are available now at a special online price and visitors will the opportunity to sample the finest chocolates, as well as the chance to find out more about its origins and the makers of our favourite sweet treats.
Families will also be able to relax and enjoy a showing of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on a large outdoor cinema screen, which is included in the entry fee.
Workshops on offer include an hour-long session led by Chappel Chocolate House, where visitors will learn how to temper chocolate and have the chance to make their own chocolate slab to take home.
Chocolate enthusiast and historian, Valina Bowman- Burns, will also be leading two sessions - The Ancient History of Chocolate and The History of Chocolate in Britain - allowing people to find out more about the popular food.
A special chocolate and wine workshop, led by wine expert Neil Bull from the Essex Wine School, will available to teach people how to choose the perfect tipple to complement their favourite chocolate.
There is plenty on offer for children too; they’ll have the chance to make their own chocolate pizza to take home, during an hour-long workshop, or decorate a mug, perfect for hot chocolate.
There will also be the chance to meet the Easter Bunny during the day and take part in an Easter trail around the site where they can solve clues to win a small chocolate prize.
Tickets for the festival are available at visitparks.co.uk or by calling 0345 603 7624. Tickets costs £6.50 for adults (or £7.50 on the door) and £2.50 per child (under 5s are free). A full list of stall-holders and details of workshops on offer can be found below.