Chocolate lovers suffering from cabin fever due to this week’s snow rejoice!

There is a festival going on this Saturday afternoon allowing you to satsify your chocolate needs, as well as being an opportunity for one to stockpile delectable treats in time for Valentine’s Day.

First Presbyterian Church of Independence is having its sixth annual Chocolate Festival today from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The event will be held at Westminster Hall, right across the corner from the church at 100 North Pleasant St. in Independence. Admission is free and you can bring as many as you want, including the little ones. Daycare will be provided by two former elementary educators.

Anything chocolaty you can imagine will be available. Hundreds of pounds of chocolate have been blended into countless (and delicious) creations made by several First Presbyterian Church members and volunteers. From triple chocolate cookies to chocolate-covered fruit, an entire chocolate smorgasbord will be at your disposal to purchase in bulk for 40 cents per ounce. Just put on a glove for sanitation purposes, carry a plate, peruse the row of chocolaty goodness and choose treats of your liking. Once you have made your selections, weigh your plate and purchase by the ounce.

The Chocolate Festival will also be having a silent auction with items ranging from cooking wear to jewelry from Independence’s own Elizabeth Henry shop available to bid. A bazaar featuring quilts by the local sewing group “Sew & Sow” and other gifts will be offered for purchase as well.

After your bids, purchases or sweet decisions have been made, you can relax at a table and enjoy live musical entertainment. Complimentary refreshments such as beverages and, of course, chocolate treats will be provided, too.

Half of all proceeds from the festival – whether through chocolate, auction or bazaar sales – will help benefit church’s Senior High Trip to Estes Park, Colo. The other half will go toward Cherith Brook in Kansas City, a residential community providing resources for the homeless; Proctor, Korte and Benton Elementary schools of Independence; and Sew & Sow quiltmakers.