The Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival is back on December 3. Come out and enjoy chocolate, holiday shopping, and more!From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, the Annapolis Arts District and The Inner West Street organization of Annapolis will once again be holding the town’s annual Chocolate Binge Festival. Now in its third year, the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival features entertainment, lots of chocolate and Christmas and holiday shopping. Once you've indulged in all of the chocolate and shopping, watch as the West Street Holiday Light Canopy is lit up in a beautiful display. There is no cost to attend. However, the event organizers do suggest making a $5 donation -- this gets patrons a free cup of hot chocolate (while supplies last), and it benefits the Annapolis Arts District. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="5763,5764"] Over two dozen vendors will be giving out free samples of chocolate of all types, including brownies, pies, gingerbread houses, caramels, chocolate truffles, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, fudge and more. Have a chocolate brunch at Rams Head Tavern of Annapolis, or enjoy wine and chocolate tastings in the afternoon at Luna Blu. Reynolds Tavern will be screening the romantic comedy/drama Chocolat, which stars Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche. [caption id="attachment_5760" align="aligncenter" width="720"] courtesy of AllEvents.in[/caption]
Roast marshmallows and make s’mores in West Street’s fire pit with the Annapolis Fire Department. And for the youngsters, Santa will be on-site to meet and collect toys and clothing items for disadvantaged youth and families, and there will also be a moon-bounce and a snowball run. [caption id="attachment_5765" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] courtesy of Capital Gazette[/caption] The Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival also features live music and entertainment all afternoon. Music at the Art Farm stage will start at 12 p.m. The guitar and cello “Nerd Rock” duo Black Rhinoceros will be kicking things off, with the Johnson Male Chorus following as they perform gospel and holiday numbers. Then the Bayfield Brass Quintet will perform music from the Harlem Renaissance (1920s to 1940s). On the Visitor's Center stage, rock groups from the local Priddy Music Academy will perform from noon until 5 p.m., leading up to a countdown to the Holiday Light Canopy lighting. If you arrive early enough, the parking garage is free to park in, but there should be more than enough space in the Whitmore and Gouts Court parking garages on Calvert Street if you are running a bit late. For more info, visit the Annapolis Chocolate Binge’s website. Will we see you there? Have you gone to the festival before? Let us know in the comments below. And don't forget to share your pictures of the festival with us HERE.