This was the first time that Sarlat have organised a Chocolate Festival, thanks to the Rotary Club and what a success it was. Masterpieces on the theme of Sarlat created by ten Master Chocolatiers were placed onto a long table for people to admire and to choose which they thought was the best one. Your name, and phone number is placed onto a small card with the number of your chosen masterpiece. The judges then pick the winner, then they pick out one of the cards with the winning number on it, I am keeping my fingers crossed because the winner takes home the chocolate masterpiece.
The Tourist Office next to the Chocolate exhibition, where there was a display of chocolates, moulds and cookery books.
Each Master Chocolatiers presented a piece of unique work of art just for the Festival. It was terribly difficult to pick just one, but I thought that the one on the left of the picture depicted Sarlat the best.
Paul picked the one on the right of the picture which is a pond with lilies, frogs etc all made from chocolate, gorgeous.
I also liked the one on the left, so you can see how difficult it was to choose.
The duck on top of the eggs brought laughter to everyone and how they got the duck to balance like that I do not know.
At the top of the staircase stands of treats welcomed everyone, where Master Chocolatiers from all over the Perigord gave away samples and sold smaller examples of the art of chocolate to take home. I adore chocolate so we had to walk around the stands quite a few times before I could pick what I wanted to take home.
This is just a small example of what you could buy.
“Minions” and Easter treats.
There were also workshops were you could learn how to make your own masterpiece, and a stand for crepes filled with, what else but, chocolate and other chocolate delicacies.
So in short well worth a visit and let’s hope that this is the first of an annual event in Sarlat.