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Chocolate Madness Festival—has anyone been?

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This year it's Tuesday April 30th in the South End.

Did anyone go to this last year? If so, was it fun? I am always on the fence about food festivals, because they are always expensive and I fear that it will be one of those things where it's totally swamped and I'll my spend my entire time waiting in line for paltry samples. Do other people have this fear or experience with them?

Anyway, any advice on this would be much appreciated, thanks!

http://www.prochoicemass.org/events/c...

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  1. My advice would be to skip this and instead go to Taza Chocolate's Cinco de Mayo Block Party.

    The rub is that Taza's event isn't explictly chocolate-themed. The benefit is that Taza's chocolate is actually good.

    http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/s...

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    1. re: FinnFPM

      Perhaps you didn't care to read the link before commenting, but Taza will be at the Chocolate Madness festival, and it's a benefit unlike Taza's block party.

      Xerxes, I went a few years ago and it was good, but I dislike the Cyclorama for events since they tend to be very crowded.

      1. re: ChocolateMilkshake

        OP called the event "expensive" so if you're really that interested in pointing out that this is a benefit, I'd suggest you direct that angst towards them instead of me.

        1. re: FinnFPM

          You implied that this chocolate event would be inferior because Taza wouldn't be there. The angst of not reading before posting is all yours.

        2. re: ChocolateMilkshake

          Thanks for the advice.

        3. re: FinnFPM

          I hadn't heard of Taza's block party but that does sound fun, thanks for letting me know.

        4. I go each year- mostly to support the organization, a little bit because of the chocolates.

          I haven't found this event to be particularly overcrowded. I've never waited more than a few minutes (5, max?) for a sample of anything, and I am happy to pass a particularly busy booth and come back later.

          The chocolate samples are a decent range. I always walk away feeling like I had a few really good really interesting items, a few really good but relatively pedestrian samples, and a few that I was glad to have tried but wouldn't go back for a second.

          To me, this is an event that is a great one if you think about it as part donation, part food. If the food is the only appeal, I'd probably skip it. You're unlikely to come away completely wowed by the samples -- it's a benefit, not a showcase of the best and most interesting chocolate desserts one could have.

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          1. re: JP RS

            This was extremely helpful, thanks.

          2. I've gone in the past, when it was at the Longwood. I'm not a huge chocolate fan, but there was always lots of good chocolate, and it has definitely been fun. I looked at this year's participants, and there seem to be some really good places - it will be interesting to see what Hungry Mother does, and Petsi Pies is always a winner.

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            1. re: Bluebell

              Great, thanks!