Sunday, February 20, 2011

Chocolate Fantasy 2011

Chocolate Fantasy is held at the Jenkins Estate every year on the Friday before Valentines Day.

The whole place is beautiful and the Cooper Mountain winery
is just a hop, skip, and a jump up the road.

[On that note, there's a lot of wineries in this neck of the woods that are just a hop, skip, and a jump away.
That's one of the nice things about the Portland area,
there are so many nifty local places to visit and there are a phenomenal range of options to choose from

One of these days, I will go and wander around the Jenkins garden when I have some spare time, I always seem to only be up there when it's wintery.
Cest la vie.

Don't get me wrong though, I like the winter season there too, when the fog's rolling through the trees and the heavy mist
(not quite rain but just teetering on the rim of it)
clings to you and everything else but only when you are inside,
do you realize that you are soaked.

Now, on to the picture action.
Our booth is located in the stables which is a gorgeous building and if I could afford to, I would live here-just because I love the idea of all of the stalls being micro rooms.
That and it has such a comfortable, relaxed feel to the place. Though I am still trying to figure out how they fit horses in here, seems awfully snug for such big creatures.

Here's our booth
Ladybug Chocolates has been our regular neighbor for several years.
Their smoked salt chocolate covered caramels are delicious.
[We always do some serious trading with them: Their caramels for our cupcakes, our chocolate chip cookies for their chocolate covered Twinkies. It's a win win for all of us]
New kids on the block
with some really tasty toffee and brittle.
For a lot of people Valentines day tends to be a crazed frenzy to track down that perfect something to give your significant other.

The nice thing about the Chocolate Fantasy is that people are there to enjoy the chocolate.
Sure, there will be some purchases made but it's also about having a good time,
discovering some new things, and taking a breather from the usual craziness out there.

[There's more than just chocolate at this event,
upstairs is the Rose City Pepperheads with their Mango Madness jam.
I have three jars of it in my cupboard right now]

These flowers are always blooming when we are up there for the show.

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