Chocolate is the answer to all of life's questions. Hence, the Chocolate Lovers Festival this weekend!

Created as a motivational tool to encourage community participation and cooperation, Fairfax, Virginia's annual Chocolate Lovers Festival is a chocolate lover's dream come true.

WHEN: Feb. 1–3
WHERE: Old Town City of Fairfax 

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Event Schedule:

Taste of Chocolate | Old Town Hall | Friday–Sunday

Join other chocolate connoisseurs for hundreds of the finest chocolate sensations and confectioners. Samples will include cakes, candies, brownies, fudge, ice cream, and other delicious concoctions -- plenty of items to choose from! Admission to "Taste of Chocolate" is free, but in order to taste, you must purchase Pogs, which cost $1 each and can be traded for merchandise. Purchase them at the Old Town Hall with a credit card or cash!

Chocolate Lovers Festival

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Chocolate Challenge | Old Town Hall | Saturday–Sunday

Amateur and professional bakers alike will be bringing their very best chocolate creations for judging, and there's still time for you to be one of the judges!  Click here for the Chocolate Challenge's information and rules and regulations.

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Liquid Chocolate | Big, heated tent | Friday (6–8 p.m.), Saturday (1–6 p.m.)

Head on over to the big tent for a variety of chocolate beverages, including:

Chocolate Lovers Festival

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Fairfax City's Golden Ticket | Feb. 1–10

Just like Willy Wonka, search through chocolate bars galore to find the Golden Ticket! The tickets will be scattered throughout downtown Fairfax and in local bars, so get to searching! Chocolate bars will be available for purchase for $2 each.

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Silent Auction | 10426 Main Street | Friday–Sunday

Join in on the silent auction to win a great prize. Check them out here!

Know Before You Go: 

Be sure to check out the festival's official website and their Facebook page. 

Are you excited for the Chocolate Lovers Festival? What are you looking forward to seeing/tasting the most? Let us know in the comments below!

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