Whether you prefer your chocolate dark and mysterious or milky and smooth, if you are in Copenhagen during March the Chocolate Festival is a must.
For two days the old Carlsberg bottling plant TAP1 turns into a chocolate lover’s paradise. As you wander around the hall your nose will be pleasantly assaulted by the delicious, tempting smells of chocolate in all its glorious forms. Stalls will be offering sample trays, as well as selling boxes of every kind of chocolaty treat, from pure unsullied bars to all the flavour infusions you can imagine – there are even savoury chocolates. We are not sure if this is a good idea, but we’re willing to try anything.
If you are interested in the technicalities of chocolate you can head to lectures about amazing subjects like tempering, tasting and trends. You could journey with the cocoa bean from plant to shop and find out just what goes into your favourite chocolate treat. Learn how to cook with chocolate, see top chefs in live kitchen demos, and you can even have a go yourself – why not craft your own personalised Easter egg?
For those of you who are just there to gorge yourself on your favourite treat there are more than 30 different exhibitors, including some who are local, and all will be showing off their best sweet efforts.
TAP1 is in the trendy Vesterbro area of Copenhagen, which is easy to get to and full of great little eateries and bars. If you are looking for something savoury after all the sweetness try Pepe’s restaurant on Valby Langgade. It’s a welcoming, cosy place with a reputation as being a bit of a hidden gem, out in the suburbs of the city.
A great place to head to for a cocktail, before heading out for the evening is Salon 39, on Vodroffsvej. This is a tastefully decorated place with a chilled out vibe and the most helpful bartenders who will expertly guide you through the menu. And you won’t break the bank with their prices, either.