Chocolate lovers unite for Paradise Chocolate Fest


PARADISE, Calif. - Hundreds upon hundreds of sweets lovers flocked to the Ridge Saturday for the annual Paradise Chocolate Festival.

Of course, the sweet stuff was the main attraction, with the so-called Candy Land the hub of activity.

Inside the wonderland, a chocolate fountain drew a crowd and made a delicious mess. Various local confectioners were also there handing out samples of their goods.

There was plenty else to do other than eat, with live music, arts and crafts booths and a kids zone to help the little ones work off their sugar highs.

The event is more than just a smorgasbord, it's a major fundraiser.

"The best part is that it's raising money for non-profit youth organizations on the Paradise Ridge. 20 organizations are benefiting from this year's chocolate fest," said Debbie LaPlant Moseley, one of the festival's organizers. "People from all over the state coming to the chocolate fest each year, and it supports kids on the Ridge."

The day started with a Chocolate Cuisine Challenge, participants thinking of crafty ways to present and mix chocolate into delicious dishes.

Once the money has all been collected and divided up it'll be presented to the various non-profit children's groups in July.