Less than three weeks before Valentine’s Day, shop for amazing sweets for your sweetie from some of the region’s best chocolatiers as The Maritime Aquarium is taken over on Sun., Jan. 27 by Chocolate World Expo.
The Expo, one of the largest consumer-oriented chocolate events in the United States, will feature about 45 vendors who will offer tastings and sales of their products. They’ll be set up throughout the Aquarium’s galleries.
Expo producer Marvin Baum said Chocolate World Expo is for people who are serious about chocolate, not for folks looking to load up on candy commonly available in most grocery aisles.
“Vendors at the Expo typically offer small tasting-sized portions of their products, which are to be consumed right away,” Baum said. “Think of the chocolate tastings in the way you might think of a wine tasting at a winery: 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 directly at the show for yourself or to give as gifts.”
Expo/Aquarium visitors will find traditional chocolates, but also unique offerings like chocolate-covered bacon and – appropriate for the Aquarium – one vendor’s “chocolate shark bites.”
But Chocolate World Expo isn’t entirely about chocolate. Vendors also will present baked goods, specialty foods and even fine soaps and bath products.
All of The Maritime Aquarium exhibits will be open on Jan. 27 – and will stay open two hours longer than normal: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Your Chocolate World Expo admission includes Aquarium admission. IMAX® movies available as an additional ticket, as always.