The Chocolate Expo at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk
Date: Sun., Jan. 29
Special Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (2 extra hours!)
Tickets: save by buying in advance online: $15 adults, $10 children 3-12.
Day-of, at the door: $20 adults, $15 children.
Aquarium members: $13 adults, $8 children.
Off-peak entry (5 to 7 p.m.): $10 all ages.
Sea turtles meet chocolate turtles, when The Chocolate Expo makes its decadent return! Some 35+ regional vendors – including top chocolatiers – will set up in our galleries, offering samples and sales of their delicious chocolates, baked goods and specialty foods. Plus, demonstrations by celebrity chefs, the Amazing Kreskin and more!
Click here for Tickets for entry between 10 a.m. & 5 p.m.
Click here for Tickets for off-peak entry only, 5 to 7 p.m.
Vendors at The Chocolate Expo typically offer small tasting-sized portions of their products. It's like a wine-tasting but with chocolate: you get a small sample to try and you often get to talk with the person who made the product. If you like what you’ve tasted, you can purchase that product for yourself or to give as gifts.
Expo/Aquarium visitors will find not only traditional and gourmet chocolates, but also unique offerings like chocolate-covered bacon, chocolate tarts, candy apples, chocolate-covered pretzels and Oreos, and even chocolate-infused Brussels sprouts.
Non-chocolate goodies will include gourmet tomato sauces, empanadas, nut butters, crackers, breads, jams, syrups, pickles, sodas and more. For ready-to-eat treats, Aurora Gourmet will have their chocolate fountains flowing, while Crazy Crepe Café will be making delicious crepes and Pika’s Farm Table will serve authentic Belgian-style waffles dipped in a choice of white, dark or milk chocolate. Screme Gelato will scoop a variety of flavors.
NOTE: There will be no IMAX® movies on Jan. 29, so the theater can be used for special presentations, including free 30-minute demonstrations by three celebrity chefs:
• Tony Albanese, pastry designer and former assistant to Buddy Valastro of TV’s “Cake Boss,” at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
• Barret Beyer of Fox TV’s “Hell’s Kitchen” at 2 and 4 p.m.
• and Larry Rosenberg, recipe-book author, owner of Bacon Bites and soon-to-be-seen on Food Network, at 1 & 5 p.m.
Plus, at noon, be astounded by The Amazing Kreskin. With a showman’s flair, a comedian’s wit and the capacities of a bona fide mentalist or thought reader, The Amazing Kreskin dramatizes the unique facets of the human mind. For six decades, he has been wow-ing audiences and talk-show hosts – including Carson, Letterman, Stern and Fallon – with his unknowable insights and answers.
Seating of 310 for the chef demonstrations and The Amazing Kreskin will be on a first-come, first-seated basis.
The chefs will be available throughout the day for pictures and autographs.
This year’s Chocolate Expo also celebrates cinematic chocolate history by welcoming Paris Themmen, who played Mike TeeVee – the boy in the cowboy outfit – opposite Gene Wilder in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” Themmen will sign autographs and pose for photographs throughout the day.
Kids can take part in art activities at 11 a.m., noon and 1 & 2 p.m., and also be transformed by a face-painter between 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. These are free with admission.
More details can be found on their website.