I hope we picked a winner!

Sarlat was inundated with Master Chocolatiers last weekend, they were showing their skills at the Chocolate Festival which had been organised, for the second year, by the Rotary Club. If you love chocolate as I do, last weekend was amazing.

Your senses are first aroused by the Masterpiece creations which were displayed on a long tables near the entrance. They are each numbered and you pick the one you think is best, which I found extremely difficult, once you have made your choice you write the number onto a card along with your contact details. If you have picked the same as the judges your entry is placed in a draw for a hamper of chocolate.

This is the one that I picked, keeping fingers crossed that it is a winner.
 

I also liked the golden eggs, and,,, and,,, and…
 

Paul picked number seven in the middle of the picture, in front of the Rotary Club sign.
 
One room was used for chocolate demonstrations where classes were held to teach a little of the art of working with chocolate. There were also films about growing cocoa for chocolate.
 

Two other rooms housed what was for me, the main event…
 

Rows upon rows of chocolate creations for sale from the Master Chocolatiers of the Perigord.
 

Chocolate cartoon characters, Wow yummy
 

This was my favourite, a chocolate Peruvian mask which was made from the rich dark chocolate from Peru. Unfortunately it was tucked away behind a pile of chocolate pieces in a corner of a display cabinet, hence the poor lighting!
 
 

Events:-

Sunday 19th Daglan Spring Festival in and around the Place de la Liberté http://www.daglan.fr/fete-du-printemps/. At 11:00 there will be the official inauguration of the Stèle de la Paix, (magnificent carved tree), alongside the church. The Café de la Fleur will be holding a mini market.

Morning of Wednesday 22nd Daglan Children’s Carnival http://www.daglan.fr/carnal-des-enfantscarnaval-ecole-2017/.
 

 

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Now for something yummy.

The Newly decorated and renamed Pâtisserie Massoulier (ex Roland Mertz ) is to be found at 33 Rue de la République in Sarlat. It is the kind of shop that you just have to stop and take pictures, the window display is always a cake lovers artistry and everything they sell is so delicious I could buy the lot but my waist band and my bank account would not allow it.
 

Pâtisserie MassoulierSo yummy

 

dscn2343Rows and rows of hand made chocolates for every occasion
 

dscn2342Sorry I think that I got a little side tracked, here is a little of the new décor, furniture and fittings.
 

dscn2340Just about to eat breakfast. Besides wonderful gateau they also serve excellent coffee, a wide variety of teas, real hot chocolate, fresh squeezed orange juice and of course, delicious pastries.
 
 

Wow… This is my time of year

Sarlat Chocolate FestivalChocolate Festival in Sarlat on 11 and 12th March, at the Ancien Evêché, next to the tourist office on Place du Payrou.
 
 

Sarlat Chocolate Festival

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.
 
Chocolate Festival The Tourist Office next to the Chocolate exhibition, where there was a display of chocolates, moulds and cookery books.
 
DSCN1153Each 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.
 
DSCN1155Paul picked the one on the right of the picture which is a pond with lilies, frogs etc all made from chocolate, gorgeous.
 
DSCN1156I also liked the one on the left, so you can see how difficult it was to choose.
 
DSCN1157The 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.
 
DSCN1164This is just a small example of what you could buy.
 
DSCN1162So cute
 
DSCN1165“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.