Cosenza’s divine chocolate festival: 2017

October, 2017

What more can a devout chocoholic dream of, but a four-day feast of everything imaginable, in chocolate? Cosenza’s divine chocolate festival, dedicated to the Food of the Gods, delivers just that – sublime mouth-watering chocolate creations!

Coros Mazzini, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Having experienced Cosenza’s delightful chocolate festival (Festa del Cioccolato) in 2016 and only a stone’s throw from our apartment, I am adamant not to miss this chocolate extravaganza this year.

In fact, I’ve decided to make this my yearly ritual for the rest of my days, whilst here in Italy…

In 2016, over 180,000 people attended the festival. Figures for 2017 are not out yet.

A free-entry festival is almost unheard of these days but thankfully, this festival is still free, although some of the chocolate on offer can be a little expensive. But who cares, as it’s only once a year.

The map of Cosenza city in this post displays Corso Mazzini, which is about a two-kilometre pedestrian strip. At a guess and to give you an idea of the size, I would say that this year’s chocolate festival spanned over one kilometre of this street.

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Entrance sign that only lasted hours before being taken down

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Official advertising

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Think this translates to: smell chocolate cherries

Apologies

Although I’m a little late with this post, I promise that this post contains many photos of mouth-melting ingenious chocolate creations made by master chocolatiers from across Italy and Calabria.

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Bailey’s Cremoso

This festival also draws students still learning the ancient art of chocolate making. I hope this art never dies or is never superseded by anything in the future.

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

A myriad of delights

Having created hand-made chocolates for Christmas gifts many years’ ago on a yearly basis, I know and can appreciate that skill and patience are required, when making chocolate delights.

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Amazingly light mouse!

If you don’t have both when tempering chocolate, then a disaster is imminent…and many disasters have I had!

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Chocolate Ravioli

I’ve never created anything as fancy as these chocolate football boots and wouldn’t know where to start. I wonder if a mould is used or whether they are hand-sculptured?

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

For the football fans

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Intricate chocolate sculptures

A sweet feast

Cosenza hosts this sweet feast during the last weekend of October, typically, the 26-29th of every year and has been a ritual for fifteen years.

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Oreo creations

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Cremoso

During this weekend of luxury indulgence that sweeps the city like no other frenzy I’ve seen here, Corso Mazzini explodes with chocolate lovers from around the region, visiting, and vying for a taste of this sweet addiction.

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Delicious Cremoso varieties: rum, peanut, Pistachio, Bailey’s, and more

Is chocolate addictive? Is chocolate a bad addiction? Everything in moderation, right? Well, no, not at this festival…nothing is in moderation.

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Clever sculptures

You can’t but help smell the thick chocolate-filled air whilst wandering the Corso and you certainly can’t turn your back on any of the stalls without a quick look, taste, or purchase.

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Too good to eat!

Apart from many creations that you can purchase to eat along the Corso or take home for later (if anything lasts the journey home), some stalls include demonstrations.

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

More deliciousness

Stop by and be mesmerised by how to make delicious crunchy peanut Torrone, a hot chocolate pasta dish, chocolate covered nougat, and many other traditional recipes.

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Wish I’d taken a video of this Master at work – peanut Torrone

The first EuroChocolate festival was held back in 1993, in central Italy’s Perugia and I’m not sure if Cosenza’s Chocolate Festival grew out of this event.

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Tools of the trade in chocolate

Although the selections are too numerous to list and photograph, I’ve included a few in this post. You can buy chocolate liqueurs, chocolate sausage, amazing truffles in all variations, intricate sculptured shoes, Chili chocolate, famous Sicilian Canoli filled with various fillings, but to name a few.

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Divine

For the duration of the festival, a DJ in a little stall belts out tunes, there’s live music, musical clowns, interviews with chocolatiers, and of course, several demonstrations. Why not learn how your sublime creations are made?

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Chocolate meatless Kebab

I would love to see a demonstration on how the intricate shoe sculptures are made by chocolate artisans.

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Gorgeous art!

One favourite from the Istituto d’Istruzione Superiore “Mancini” (Via dell’ Autostazione) is the wonderful chocolate mousse and for €1, who can complain?

Waiting for next year’s excellent Festa del Cioccolato

If you’re making your way down to southern Italy at the end of October of any year, you must try and make this date, at least once. Why not join in the chocolate party?

To keep abreast of this festival for next year, you can visit the event’s Facebook page.

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Cool Nikon camera at the back

Don’t forget, as with other food festivals, there are stalls that allow free tastings of chocolate sensations – just be warned, the sugar hit is long-lasting!

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Italian Fudge?

Would you like to indulge in this festival? Are there other chocolate festivals in Italy or around the world worth a mention here? I may be close to one or two. Let me know as I’d love to hear about anything chocolate…

Visit Nilla’s Photography for more images. More posts on Italy at Image Earth Travel.

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Indeed “Gelato is happiness condensed”

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Nothing to do with the chocolate festival – just liked this window

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Sicilian peanut Torrone Master

Chocolate festival, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Amazing Pistachio Torrone (Nougat)

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14 thoughts on “Cosenza’s divine chocolate festival: 2017

  1. I never understood the chocolate craving women until I got (too early) in menopause. I know now that has to do with decreasing melamine (among others). Now I am also addicted to it, so I think it would be wise to skip festivals like this, hahaha

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    • Ha, ha I’ve always loved chocolate, regardless the phase of life. Lucky for me that I can’t pig out on it as it makes me feel sick after a small amount. There’s nothing stopping me buying and giving it away as a gift, or eating little bits at each sitting! 😉

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  2. Oh My, I do like chocolate now and again but I’m not a huge fan, but this festival is fantastic and I could see myself buying lots! I never knew it could be sculpted in many different ways. Those shoes are fabulous and way too good to eat! I had just thought that and I saw your caption LOL and I think I said outloud “oh my god” when I got to the kebab! Fantastic! 🙂

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    • I have to admit, I’m and addict but have to control the urges. Although not as much as Italians as there’s chocolate in almost everything here – even breakfast cereals.

      The sculptures are amazing and works of art in themselves – another reason why I like to go, as each year there’s something new. The shoes are this year’s creations as I’ve not seen anything like those anywhere before. The Kebab is very cool and pure chocolate!

      My photos aren’t great this year as I have a new Nikon compaq camera that I don’t think is as good as my Luminex I bought in Bolivia back in 2011. I should have taken my beast (camera) instead, next time. 🙂

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    • Thanks Gill but not as good as last year’s as I took most of those with The Beast. I used a new Nikon compaq camera for this year’s shots and I’m not happy with the shots. My almost 7-year old Lumix from Bolivia is a much better camera. 😦 x

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  3. Woooooooooooooow! This is heaven for any chocolate lovers (like me :P). I went to Chocolate Festival in London about a year ago and it was great. I love every single photo in this post. Staring at chocolate pictures and thinking how delicious it is should be my new hobby :P. Great post, thanks for sharing it 😀

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