Last Updated on December 1, 2023 by Laura Teso
Art & Ciocc is one of the most popular events for chocolate lovers. It’s a travelling event, that gladdens and attracts hundreds of people. The event features stands from dozens of artisan chocolate makers, offering a wide variety of chocolate products for sale. In addition to the chocolate, there are also often demonstrations and workshops on chocolate making. As well as live music and entertainment.
I attended the Padua Art e Ciocc event, visiting a lot of stands, taking info. And also taking with me some chocolate samples.
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Along the central streets of my city, 45 stands displayed all kinds of chocolate temptations, from several Italian regions: Veneto, Piedmont, Lombardy, Umbria, Lazio, Calabria, Sicily.
Chocolate covered candied orange peels, pralines, nougats, chocolate bars of all size, bon bons, chocolate sculptures. A feast for the eyes and for the appetite.
There were also two stands where a chocolate master showed the visitors the different phases of chocolate processing.
During the 4 days event, there were also cooking demonstrations regarding the alternative use of cocoa in food preparation. For example cocoa ravioli filled with gorgonzola and herbs.
Interesting were the stand presenting raw chocolate (they also had chocolate tagliatelle). Or the stand selling 50 different chocolate bars (chosen from the 120 types they produce). They had cinnamon, orange, coconut but also onion or basil chocolate.
What to expect
You can expect to find a wide variety of chocolate products at the event, including pralines, truffles, bars, and spreads. There will also be chocolate-flavored drinks, such as hot chocolate and chocolate martinis.
If you are a chocolate lover, then Art & Ciocc is definitely an event that you should check out. It is a great opportunity to sample some of the best chocolate from Italy. And also to learn more about the art of chocolate making.
You have time to go on a chocolate binge in other Italian towns, just check the program of Art e Ciocc at www.iltourdeicioccolatieri.com.