Chocolatefest was created over 25 years ago by the Kidney Foundation Chapter in Knoxville, TN. For as long as most of us can remember, it was held at Knoxville Center Mall. Jennifer Johnsey, the owner of Night Moon Productions was a judge at Chocolatefest for 8 years during part of her time as Midday Radio Personality for B97.5.
We believe the story is that once the local chapter became a national chapter, they stopped holding Chocolatefest. One of the former board members really wanted to bring it back and asked Jennifer if she would help so she did!
It is no secret that long lines have been a part of Chocolatefest for years. We rebranded the event and launched it with a new "feel". As with any major event, we have had some growing pains.
In our 5th year now, we are ready to present a new strategy to help prevent the long lines and make Chocolatefest more enjoyable for the whole family.
For the first time we are offering timed ticketing. We are only selling a certain number of tickets each hour. Ticket holders will enter the Chocolate Tasting area at their designated time and get to enjoy the delicious chocolate made by area bakeries, caterers, chocolatiers and restaurants. Before and after their designated time, they will be able to enjoy the festival.
Chocolatefest Knoxville will offer East Tennesseean's a day of sweets and shopping just in time for Valentine's Day!
Admission is $5.00 per person to come in and enjoy the festival. Tasting Passes to taste the chocolate samples are $20.00 per person and include general admission.
We will offer timed ticketing for 2018 to decrease the amount of time you spend in line for chocolate so you can enjoy the festival! We will sell 200 Tasting Passes for 10am, 11am, Noon, 1pm & 2pm. Arrive early and walk around the festival until it is time for you to check-in and enter the Chocolate Tasting area.
You also have the option to purchase a $50 ticket for our VIP area where the chocolate will be brought to you while you kick back and enjoy the entertainment!
New for 2018! Chocolate & Comedy with Leanne Morgan and SomeAntics! Friday, January 26, 2018 from 6:30pm-9:00pm. Tickets are $50.00 for VIP and $15.00 for General Admission.
There will also be shopping, a cake design show, a chocolART display, the Lollipop Kids Land, a silent auction and more!
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