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Glendale Chocolate Affaire: February 9-11, 2018

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 This chocolate heart caught the attention of a Glendale Chocolate Affaire visitor in 2009. Photo: Austin Appel

Glendale Has A Cure For Chocoholics & Hopeless Romantics With Annual Chocolate Affaire February 9-11Cerettas
Glendale's Own Cerreta Candy Company Presents the Sweetest Event in Town

WHEN:
Friday, February 9, 5-10 p.m.
Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sunday, February 11, noon-5 p.m.

Free Admission

WHERE:
Murphy Park
58th and Glendale avenues
In the heart of Historic Downtown Glendale
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Glendale will soon host the sweetest event in town. The 23rd Annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire will be a chocoholic’s dream, with chocolate and so much more in Historic Downtown Glendale for three days, Feb. 9-11.

The Chocolate Affaire is presented by Arizona’s famous candy makers, Cerreta Candy Company. The candy factory will offer tours during event hours and visitors can expect to receive a free sample of their candy.

Visitors will delight in the nearly 40 chocolate purveyors, featuring confections like perennial favorite chocolate-covered strawberries and bananas, plus new flavorful additions that will include Aztec chocolate ice cream, deep-fried chocolate rocky road bacon, s’mores in a mason jar and much more.

Families with children will enjoy a variety of activities, including face-painting, carnival rides, a rock-climbing wall and more. There will be plenty of musical entertainment, with outstanding local talent performing throughout the festival.


CHOCOLATE: ELIXIR OF LOVE


Over the years, the festival has become the largest gathering of national romance novelists in the Southwest. This symposium of Plein Air Paintingliterary romantics offers fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with authors, as well as the chance to attend free writing workshops given by the experts.

In addition, the Chocolate Affaire’s annual Plein Air Competition will take place beginning on Saturday, February 10 at 8 a.m., so attendees can watch as artists paint as the event is taking place around them. Plein Air Painting Competition Info.

Paint NiteIn addition, budding painters can take part in one of two Paint Nite Classes, where you can paint your own version of a masterpiece. A different design is offered for each class, at noon or 4 p.m., both with a romantic theme. Each class is limited to 50 participants and will last about two hours. The cost for this class is $45 but with Promo Code LOVE18, you will receive a $15 discount; along with the painting instruction and beautiful canvas to walk away with, participants will receive free parking in the adjacent parking garage, a sweet chocolate treat from Cerreta Candy Company, as well as a ticket for a beverage from the festival beverage vendor. Find more information and register online at (two class options/designs) here and here.


Event hours are Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Black and white drizzel chocolatesThe event is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Glendale, in Murphy Park, located at 58th and Glendale avenues. Admission to the festival is free! Preferred parking is available for $10 in one of two downtown parking garages, both of which are accessible from 59th Avenue and Glenn Drive.

For more information on Glendale’s festivals, visit www.glendaleaz.com/events or call our special events hotline at 623-930-2299. The Glendale Chocolate Affaire is presented by Cerreta Candy Company and sponsored by SRP, 3TV-KTVK and KPHO Channel 5, Diamond Resorts, Bud Light, Swire Coca Cola, the Arizona Republic and the Glendale Ambassadors.


Candy heart Entertainment

Friday, February 9
7:30 -10 PM: Pearl Ridge


Saturday, February 10

11:45-1 PM: The Bonafide Band
1:15-2:45 PM: Jay Allen
3:00-5:30 PM: 3 Nations
5:45-7 PM: Desert Dixie
7:30-10 PM: Wes Williams Band


Sunday, February 11

Noon - 2 PM: 76th Street
2:30 - 5 PM: Ashley Wineland

Candy heart Author Line-Up

A TOUCH OF ROMANCE

One of the festival traditions, in celebration of romance and the upcoming Valentine’s holiday, is a symposium of romance novelists that will be held during the event. Fans and other interested readers can stop by to meet-and-greet the authors, attend book signings, and budding novelists can enjoy free writing workshops where the authors will help them learn more about the craft.

This event marks the southwest’s largest gathering of romance novelists.
Here's a lineup of authors and the times they will be in attendance and workshop subjects.


Candy heart Directions and Parking
  • Important Street Closure Information
    Event Hours: Friday 5 – 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday noon – 5 p.m.,
    • 58th Drive is closed from Palmaire to Myrtle Avenue
    • 58th Avenue is closed from Glendale Avenue to Myrtle Avenue
    • Glenn Drive is closed from 58th Drive to 57th Drive
    • Palmaire is closed from 59th Avenue to 58th Avenue  

  • Preferred parking at the two downtown garages is accessible
    from 59th Ave & Glenn Drive, which is one street north of Glendale Avenue.
    See directions below
    .


    Event and Parking Garage Directions for Chocolate Affaire
  • Directions to Historic Downtown Glendale
    From Downtown Phoenix or East Valley

    Take I-17 and exit at Glendale Avenue
    Proceed west approximately 5 miles
    Event site is between 57th Drive and 59th Avenue and Glendale and Myrtle avenues
    We suggest using the preferred parking garages (directions below), but there is street parking available in the area around the event site.

  • Directions to Historic Downtown Glendale
    From Areas West of Glendale

    Take I-10 east bound to the 59th Avenue exit
    Proceed north approximately 5 miles to Glendale Avenue
    Event site is between 59th Avenue and 57th Drive and Glendale Avenue and Myrtle Avenue
    We suggest using the preferred parking garages (directions below) but there is street parking available in the area around the event site.


    OR
  • Take the 101 westbound to the 59th Avenue exit
    Proceed south approximately 9 miles to Glenn Drive or Glendale Avenue
    Event site is between 59th Avenue and 57th Drive and Glendale Avenue and Myrtle Avenue
    We suggest using the preferred parking garages (directions below) but there is street parking available in the area around the event site.


    OR
  • Take the western loop of the 101 eastbound at the Glendale Avenue exit
    Proceed east approximately 3 miles to 59th Avenue
    Event site is between 59th Avenue and 57th Drive and Glendale Avenue and Myrtle Avenue
    We suggest using the preferred parking garages (directions below) but there is street parking available in the area around the event site.


  • Directions to Preferred Parking Garages in Historic Downtown Glendale
    From Downtown Phoenix or East Valley
  • Take I-17 and exit at Glendale Avenue
    Proceed west approximately 5 miles to 59th Avenue
    Turn right at 59th Avenue and proceed one block north to Glenn Drive
    Turn right onto Glenn Drive
    The City Hall preferred parking garage is 50 yards east immediately on your right
    The Bank of America preferred parking garage is 75 yards east and then 100 yards north
    Glenn Drive is just north of Glendale Avenue. If you get to Myrtle, you’ve gone a half-block too far to the north
    Parking in these garages is $10 and you are just steps away from the event activities
    .

  • Directions to Preferred Parking Garages in Historic Downtown Glendale
    From Areas West of Glendale

    Take I-10 east bound to the 59th Avenue exit
    Proceed north to Glendale Avenue
    One block north of Glendale is Glenn Drive
    Turn right onto Glenn Drive
    The City Hall preferred parking garage is 50 yards east immediately on your right
    The Bank of America preferred parking garage is 75 yards east and then 100 yards north
    Glenn Drive is just north of Glendale Avenue If you get to Myrtle, you’ve gone a half-block too far to the north
    Parking in these garages is $10 and you are just steps away from the event activities.


    OR
  • Take the 101 westbound to the 59th Avenue exit
    Proceed south to Glenn Drive
    Turn left onto Glenn Drive
    (Glenn Drive is one block north of Glendale so if you reach Glendale you’ve gone one block too far south)
    The City Hall preferred parking garage is 50 yards east immediately on your right
    The Bank of America preferred parking garage is 75 yards east and then 100 yards north
    Parking in these garages is $10 and you are just steps away from the event activities.
    Glenn Drive is just north of Glendale Ave. If you get to Myrtle, you’ve gone a half-block too far to the north.

 

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