Worcester's Chocolate Day: PICTURES

Worcester News: John Anyon         12/4/14      1514572801

Worcester's Chocolate Day.......................Wonky Wonka shows off to Thomas Rhodes, 7 and brother, Nathan, 3 (5372844) John Anyon 12/4/14 1514572801 Worcester's Chocolate Day.......................Wonky Wonka shows off to Thomas Rhodes, 7 and brother, Nathan, 3 (5372844)

CHOCOHOLICS were spoiled for choice as Worcester was transformed into a mouth-watering chocolate factory to delight the masses.

Worcester's Chocolate Day brought the sweet taste of success to the city's businesses and helped them get firmly on their feet after the floods, say organisers Worcester BID.

There was something for everyone at the event on Saturday, which makes a welcome return after three years absence. Highlights included chocolate beer, a chocolate-themed fashion show parade and workshops led by professional chef Mark Lloyd where people could get hands on experience under his expert eye, learning how to make chocolate fondants, sauces and Easter eggs.

Jason Creswell of Dines Green, Worcester, his partner Steph Lock and children, Rhys, seven and Sam, 15, and his girlfriend, Charlotte Tyrer, 15, were among those to hone their skills at the workshop.

There were even chocolate-coloured dogs to pet - Newfoundlands Cyndes and Bruna owned by welfare officers Marion and Chris Wilks of Malvern and Archie, owned by Taria Cavell as they collected funds for Veterans with Dogs. Magician "Wonky Wonka", said to be Willy's twin brother, left audiences spellbound with his magical tricks while the free truffle making, courtesy of Chocolate Deli (based at the city's New Street) was a big hit with the crowds.

Adrian Field, head of Worcester BID, said: "People were saying it would be a really good thing to bring back. It appeals to all ages. A lot of people like chocolate. Feedback has been really good."

The free face-painting in the High Street proved particularly popular with long queues forming.

Around 70 city businesses took part in the day which aims to bring more people into the city and give a boost to business with social media used to increase awareness of the day.

Mr Field said: "If people have a good time, more come back. It creates a vibrancy and it gives them a reason to come into Worcester. It puts Worcester on the map. It gets Worcester back on its feet after the floods. We have recovered more quickly than we did from the floods in July, 2007."

Friar Street had a touch of glamour when some head-turning models wearing some chocolate-box themed outfits courtesy of Rock Follies Vintage (Reindeer Court) used the city streets as their catwalk, bringing back some iconic styles form the 40s through the the 60s with their hair done by Emmarella Passaro. No less glamorous were the models from Stripes in The Foregate, modelling boutique brands, premium denims and Scandinavian clothing.

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9:16pm Sun 13 Apr 14

jdg says...

Strange event - my wife went down expecting to see and buy some chocolates. Guess what! No chocolates found. Chocolate Day without chocolate. Came back most disappointed !
Strange event - my wife went down expecting to see and buy some chocolates. Guess what! No chocolates found. Chocolate Day without chocolate. Came back most disappointed ! jdg
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10:24pm Sun 13 Apr 14

malverngirl says...

I completely agree with the other comment - I made a journey from Malvern to Worcester especially for chocolate day - expecting stalls to be lining the streets of Worcester high street with ample samples for me to try and 'different' products for me to veiw and buy. There was one stall showing people how to make truffles (but no tastings or signs of us being able to have a go ourselves). There was also a lady who had a little stall outside a shop - a very little stall with hardly anything on there - nothing different and no tastings. As for chocolate beer, that was not advertised anywhere - don't know where that was. There were lots of street games for the kids to join in with which was good. But as previously mentioned - no chocolate on chocolate day......what a let down!
I completely agree with the other comment - I made a journey from Malvern to Worcester especially for chocolate day - expecting stalls to be lining the streets of Worcester high street with ample samples for me to try and 'different' products for me to veiw and buy. There was one stall showing people how to make truffles (but no tastings or signs of us being able to have a go ourselves). There was also a lady who had a little stall outside a shop - a very little stall with hardly anything on there - nothing different and no tastings. As for chocolate beer, that was not advertised anywhere - don't know where that was. There were lots of street games for the kids to join in with which was good. But as previously mentioned - no chocolate on chocolate day......what a let down! malverngirl
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3:06pm Mon 14 Apr 14

themooman says...

you two need to get out more
you two need to get out more themooman
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5:44pm Wed 16 Apr 14

malverngirl says...

themooman wrote:
you two need to get out more
The whole point of our comments are about getting out and about. I just think that for all the hype that there was around chocolate day, it was a complete let down which shows other visitors to the town that we can't put on an event properly. Also, the piece of writing that the gazette has posted about this day is obviously inaccurate........
[quote][p][bold]themooman[/bold] wrote: you two need to get out more[/p][/quote]The whole point of our comments are about getting out and about. I just think that for all the hype that there was around chocolate day, it was a complete let down which shows other visitors to the town that we can't put on an event properly. Also, the piece of writing that the gazette has posted about this day is obviously inaccurate........ malverngirl
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