Today, we’re thinking of a typical October in Perugia when we’ll all be out in the streets, saying hello to friends and family, taking in the music & free samples of the Eurochocolate Festival, and breathing in the smell of roasted chestnuts! This year, Eurochocolate has been canceled, but here at Umbra we’re already looking forward to next year’s event.
What are we looking forward to the most?
Each year, massive bricks of chocolate are provided, and sculptors climb on small platforms daily to carve those marble-like bricks into cocoa-inspired masterpieces! I should also mention they tend to fill small bags with chocolate shavings, gifting them out to passersby. Don’t worry, this event is sponsored by Fairtrade Italia to ensure quality & equality.
The Nespresso Tent
Most years, Nespresso has a tent just outside the Umbra Institute with a dozen coffee machines being tested for the public. What’s better than sampling the different flavors for free as you try to decide which will best match your morning palate?
Usually, the festival provides a little scavenger hunt card for a low price that inspires you to explore, looking for specific items that let you sample sweet souvenirs at no added cost!
Endless Chocolate Vendors
Ferrero Rocher, Perugina, Lindt, and many more. The festival’s website says it would have been expecting 130 exhibitors for 2020’s 27th edition. These vendors offer chocolate that is often carved into all sorts of shapes and sizes, in a diverse array of flavors and colors, ready for any occasion.
Need I say more?
The only thing missing from the festival is Perugia’s fountain being converted into a massive fondue fountain. That may only be a sweet-lover’s chocolate dream…but are our dreams really that far from reality?
Visit the official Eurochocolate website to learn more about the Eurochocolate Festival.
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