The festive season is a time of indulgence, and St. Stephens Episcopal Church, in Colusa, will host its annual Chocolate Festival at Noon to 3 PM on Sunday, Dec. 3.
“It’s going to be fabulous, and delicious,” said Arlene Arnold, event coordinator.
Arnold said chocolate will be aplenty. Chocolate cakes, yule logs, éclairs, fudge, divinity, creme pies, and award winning English toffee will be available to guests.
“There is nearly 16-feet of chocolate,” Arnold said gleefully. “It’s gorgeous.”
All of the chocolate goodies are provided by area bakeries and church members, said Arnold.
“There will also be a hot chocolate station,” said Arnold. “The kids and adults will love it.”
Tickets for the Chocolate Festival are $10 for five chocolate items to eat at the event, or to take home. Tickets are available at the door.
In addition to chocolate and more chocolate, entertainment will be provided on the proclaimed “county’s only” working pipe organ, and the Colusa High School Carnegie Quartet will also perform.
“We will have fresh, decorated wreaths from Oregon available for sale,” said Arnold.
Looking to do some early Christmas shopping? Look no further than the Chocolate Festival’s silent auction.
“We have some great items available in the silent auction,” said Arnold.
The three-hour event provides a great opportunity to indulge in the holiday season while giving back to the community.
“All monies raised are distributed to feed those in need,” said Arnold.
After returning from a chocolate festival in Gualala, CA, parish member Donna Critchfield brought the idea back to the church.
“In the first years of the event, we would put the money in a special account at Chung Sun Market,” said Arnold. “The county Food Closet would then order items needed at wholesale cost.”
Monies raised from the event will be distributed to the Colusa County Food Basket project, A Hand Up, the county Food Closet, and the Christian Ministerial Association. ■