All things chocolate will be available Saturday during an afternoon of fun that also raises money for a variety of causes.
This is the tenth year for the Chocolate Festival at First Presbyterian Church in Independence. The event is from 1 to 4 p.m. at Westminster Hall at 417 W. Lexington Ave., (the corner of Lexington and Pleasant).
Emily Johnson is one of the organizers. Her Sunday school class heard about the idea of a chocolate festival and visited one in Maryville.
“And we decided our neck of the woods needed one,” she said.
For a donation, attendees get a plate of three chocolate delicacies, a trip to the chocolate fountain and a beverage. Also, with Valentine’s Day coming up next week, a wide of range of homemade chocolate items are sold for 40 cents an ounce. There is a silent auction, some hand-crafted items will be for sale, and the Prairie Dulcimer Club plays throughout the festival.
It’s a lot of chocolate.
“We have been making fudge and chocolate bars, and now we’re starting to make cookies,” Johnson said Tuesday.
Half of the money raised supports a mission trip for the church’s youth. The rest goes to Procter Elementary, a quilting group that makes quilts for the Drumm Farm Center for Children, and a group that provides showers and meals to the homeless.