Writing shorter but more frequent entries turns out to be more difficult than what I thought. Saturday I visited the Salon du Chocolat that is basically a trade fair for the international chocolate industry. I’ve read about it on Miyuko’s page but I didn’t really had the intention of going. First of all I’m everything but a chocolate friend and second I’m not that into fairs. Not the most ideal conditions for a fair where everything is about chocolate.. Anyway, when I woke up on Saturday I felt like giving it a try and went.
It was still too early when I arrived there but there where already many people waiting to go inside. The air was filled with the sweet scent of chocolate and other sweets but since I had just eaten a roast beef sandwich there was no chocolate scent that could weaken me. That is, until I encountered the huge, chocolate covered strawberries…
As I wrote above, I’m not that into chocolate but when there are fruits involved, especially strawberries, chocolate can be quite extraordinarily delicious. I still can’t eat too much of it though, since it makes me feel sick really fast.
The Salon du Chocolat took place in Paris for the first time in 1994, and has since branched out to 20 cities around the world. The Salon offers chocolate tastings and the possibility to watch chocolatiers at work. I felt a little like Charlie in the chocolate factory with all the diligently working chocolatiers around me. Many of them were female, at least on that day, and I was quite impressed by their skills.
I couldn’t really believe this is chocolate but when she explained her technique it made sense. Basically she doesn’t paint directly onto the chocolate’s surface but uses food color mixed with other ingredients to paint the inside of plastic molds in which she finally pours liquid chocolate.
I love Boissier’s violettes cristallisées! They’re sugar coated violets but they were sold out on the first day so I had to go with the rose petals. What I also like about Boissier is that they use flowers and fruits to give chocolate an additional exciting flavour and colour.
It was very interesting and amusing seeing the effect of chocolate on people. I’ve never seen such a peaceful and harmonious bunch of people. There were many Asians and people from the Romandy (the French-speaking part of Switzerland) and the atmosphere was all laid-back.
Although everyone was offering delicious looking chocolates and macarons on platters I wasn’t too eager to try all of them. It was too funny looking at the euphoric eyes of people when trying all the goodies!
I’ve never tried Ladurée’s macarons but I have to say that they really are as good as everyone says. I had one with sour cherries!
The dresses above are made of chocolate or have chocolate details on the fabric. On the opening evening there was a fashion show so some of the dresses were a little damaged but they looked fascinating nevertheless.
To follow nekochan to Willy Wonka’s factory, read on!
That’s it for now ladies! I had expected the fair to be much bigger but all in all it was a great experience and I’m happy I’ve been there.