By Kathy L. Collins

The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is proud to present its 4th Annual The Festival of Chocolate beginning on Saturday, January 18 and running through Monday, January 20. MOSI is located at 4801 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa.

The Festival of Chocolate will showcase the area’s best chocolate and confection companies who will be on hand selling tasty treats of everything chocolate from truffles, cakes and cupcakes to cookies, brownies and ice creams. There will also be savory items such as chocolate BBQ sauce and meat rubs.

Award winning pastry chefs and chocolatiers will host interactive demonstrations, share techniques and tricks of the trade. On Sunday, January 19, you will not want to miss a live cake decorating competition which will give breathtaking artistic creations a tasty twist. Chocolate lovers of all ages will love making chocolate lip balm, chocolate roses and sandy candy. The more adventurous can try their hand at creating armpit fudge.

The Festival of Chocolate will feature the Cocoa Couture Fashion Show on Saturday, January 18. This will feature chocolate wrapper fashion for the couture crowd.

According to MOSI, “The Festival of Chocolate is Florida’s largest all chocolate-themed event and has been seen in Southern Living magazine and on ABC’s The Chew.”  In addition, MOSI and The Festival of Chocolate are the current Guinness World Record Holders for the world’s largest cup of hot chocolate.

Entrance into The Festival of Chocolate is included when you purchase MOSI admission. Adults are $21.95 and children are $17.95. MOSI members receive discounted entry pricing at $10 and member children 12 and under can attend for free. Advance purchase tickets are available.

MOSI is a non-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge and understanding of science, industry and technology. MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States and is home to the only IMAX Dome center in the nation.

For more information on MOSI’s The Festival of Chocolate and to purchase advance tickets, please visit


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