Kennett Square, PA, February 10, 2014: Lack of power and icy roads were no match for intrepid area cooks at the Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival held February 9th. Chefs without electricity rallied to the cause traveling to the kitchens of mothers, daughters and sons to get their chocolate truffles and fudge brownies made. More than 200 entries were judged Sunday morning before 1800 people arrived at Kennett High School to take a break from winter.
The Festival, now in its second year, raised much-needed funds for United Way of Southern Chester County. Professionals, amateurs and students competed in various categories with judges selecting the top chocolate desserts through blind taste tests. Items were judged on taste, texture and appearance. Richard Leff, Kennett Township Supervisor, was a judge of student entries. Remarked Leff, “Last year I worked the Festival in the trenches and this year I was promoted to judge. What a treat. Who knows what the students had to do given the snow and power outages, but somehow they persevered to get the job done.” He added, “Students were creative and had put great effort into their submissions. We were thrilled with the quality. What a great event to build community and support United Way.” Kennett High School students took many top prizes.
The Festival had strong entries from area restaurants, bakeries and caterers with The Gables at Chadds Ford winning four prizes. First-place amateur winners collected behind-the-scenes kitchen tours and gift certificates at the Hotel DuPont, Victory Brewing, The Gables at Chadds Ford, Pescatore’s Restaurant, and Two Stones Pub in Kennett Square. “We couldn’t do this Festival without the support of our community,” said Carrie Freeman, CEO of United Way of Southern Chester County. “Thanks to our wonderful amateur and professional bakers and our local sponsors, the Festival raised over $16,000 for our Community Impact Fund that supports 32 programs.”
By 4:00 p.m. the last customers had left carrying plates piled high with chocolate caramel brownies, fudge cake, peanut butter chocolate bars and more to take home for the following day. “I love this event,” said Matt Fetick, Kennett Square mayor, chocolate judge, and one of many satisfied attendees. “It was a fun day raising money for the United Way. The chocolate was awesome and it was really hard to determine the winners. They were all great.”