Photos: Annual Chocolate Festival a sweet treat

From left: Mary McCarthy, Juniper Enzano, Madison McBride, Whitney Schroeder enjoy the party on Friday night. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. The rich, luscious aroma hits you even before your eyes can gather in the deep brown bounty before you.

Featherstone Center for the Arts once again this year provided a concert of cocoa confectionaries at its annual Chocolate Festival.

Aficionados kicked off the event on Friday evening, Oct. 7, with a chic chocolate preview party, getting an advance taste of chocolate bread pudding with cherry ganache, chocolate macaroons, and chocolate truffles.

On Saturday and Sunday afternoon, a steady stream of visitors sampled chocolate-covered apricots, hand-dipped chocolates, chocolate mousse, chocolate cake, and the ever popular chocolate fountain.

Can there be a more fitting symbol of guilty gluttony than a continuous river of warm chocolate? Good thing the Featherstone fundraiser is only once a year, at least for our waistlines, if not for our palates.