Bel Air’s Chocolate Festival arrives Saturday

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    The Bel Air Downtown Alliance‘s 7th Annual Chocolate Festival runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday March 1 at the Bel Air Reckord Armory, 37 N. Main St. (As long as it doesn’t snow, in which case it will be moved to March 8 — although I’m not sure why snow would prevent us from eating chocolate indoors, but then I’m from Milwaukee.) BANV & family went last year and discovered Broom’s Bloom chocolate ice cream. We spent the rest of the year heading over to their dairy farm on Rte. 543 for ice cream and live music on the weekends. We were also introduced to Bomboy’s Home Made Candy in Havre de Grace. This year, they’re planning to bring a chocolate fountain to the festival, according to a Baltimore Sun story on the event. From the story, it sounds like Moore’s Candies will be featuring a chocolate egg and bunny decorating contest. And Wockenfuss, which opened a store at 20 Fulford Ave. in Bel Air just a few weeks ago, will make its debut at the festival. Tickets to the festival are $5 a person and they buy each guest five taste samples. Go early if you want to make sure to get a good choice of tastes.

    In honor of the chocolate festival, I ran the highly unscientific but rather mouth-watering “Which local candy maker has the best chocolate?” poll in this blog’s sidebar this week. After four days of voting, Bomboy’s and Wockenfuss are tied for first place with eight votes each. Maybe one of them will pull ahead after Saturday’s festival. Voting closes on Sunday night.