For the 6th year running, Brussels will be playing host to the Salon du Chocolat from the 22nd to the 24th of February 2019 and celebrating Belgium’s world-famous chocolate in all its forms.
Come on down to Tour & Taxis for a fun and delicious day out. In the 8,000sqm event space, you’ll have the chance to meet more than 130 chocolatiers, pastry chefs, confectioners, designers and cocoa experts! This year, the Salon will be celebrating the theme of taste and naturality: Nature offers something to suit all tastes!
Thanks to a combination of education, tradition and new “Bean-to-Bar” businesses, the origins and benefits of chocolate will be revealed at the Salon to the general public. Peru, Madagascar, the Dominican Republic and other cocoa-producing countries will be giving consumers the opportunity to see and understand the origins of the bean and the land in which it grows. The trend towards healthier products will be also highlighted through the latest chocolate innovations and activities on show. The Salon du Chocolat is here to show you that, now more than ever, it is good to become a chocolate- and cocoa-addict.
This year’s Salon is here to unveil all of the secrets and flavours of the bean!
A DELICIOUS AND INDULGENT OPENING EVENING – FOR A GOOD CAUSE
So what if you could experience the Salon as a special guest and be the first to see the chocolate fashion show – and for a good cause, no less? You can! The Salon du Chocolat will be opening its doors for an opening evening on Thursday the 21st of February to raise money for Télévie. This is a great opportunity for chocolate-lovers to enjoy a wonderful evening out while supporting a good cause: Télévie was founded in 1989 to finance cancer and leukaemia research in adults and children.
In the presence of: Philippe Close, Burgomaster for the City of Brussels and Ambassadors of cocoa-producing countries
Price: 20€ per person, with 6€ going to Télévie
Tickets are available upon reservation only at brussels.salon-duchocolat.com and the visit.brussels and agenda.brussels websites
On the agenda at the Salon
FASHION / THE CHOCOLATE CATWALK
Every day, the Cacao Show Podium: Get an exclusive first look at the 15 exceptional dresses unveiled during the opening evening, and which will be revealed to the public in a fashion show every day at 5pm. Chocolatiers and designers are already teaming up to take on 2019’s theme of Nature, gearing up for a deliciously avant-garde fashion show.
Here are some of the chocolatier and designer tag teams lining up for the 2019 show:
Belvas & Lauranne De Jaegher
Carré Noir (Mélanie Lemmens) & Marie Lovenberg
Chocolaterie Valenza (Dave van Luyck) & Dirk Vervoort
Frederic Blondeel, voted “Chocolatier of the Year 2018” by Gault&Millau & the Peruvian designer Ricardo
Institut Émile Gryzon & Gohar Gabrielyan
Jean-Luc Decluzeau & Angel Sewing
Laurent Gerbaud & Patou Saint Germain
Leonidas (Daniel Stallaert)
Millesime Chocolat & Giovanni Biasolo
Nadia Flecha Guazo (Cho-kolate)
Valentino Chocolatier & Sixtine Anne de Molina
Van Dender & Melissa Martin Ciudad
RECIPES / CHEFS TAKE TO THE STAGE!
Every day, the Cacao Show Podium: Every hour, the Pastry Show Podium will see top chefs and master chocolatiers take to the stage, showcasing their finest chocolate recipes and sharing their tips and tricks with the audience.
CONFERENCES / CHOCOLATE CULTURE
Every day, the Cacao Show Podium: Visitors will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and discover the many facets of chocolate and cocoa during the series of expert conferences. Among the themes discussed this year are: Bean to bar, Pastry, Chef Portraits and Master Classes on chocolate and wine, whisky and rum pairings.
INDULGENT WORKSHOPS & MASTER CLASSES
Masalto, the espresso specialist, will set up a bar right in the heart of the Salon du Chocolat where you can buy coffee (all day long) or take a “Coffee & Chocolate Pairing” master class with full chocolate and coffee tastings (twice per day).
Chocolissimo & Zaabär will be hosting free chocolate/cocoa-focused cooking workshops every day of the Salon.
The Roger Lambion Institute will feature demonstrations on their stand all day long. On the agenda: chocolate moulding, enrobing and showpieces.
BEER & CHOCOLATE
This year, the Salon is proud to pay homage to the pairing of beer and chocolate, the two most iconic products in Belgium’s culinary canon. Come down to the dedicated Duvel beer space to try their pairings of beers and pralines, in partnership with a chocolatier.
SHOWCASING THE NEXT GENERATION
The “Young Talents” space, sponsored by the City of Brussels, is back again this year to shine a spotlight on the brightest new talent from in and around Brussels, such as Eugène Chocolatier and Vanessa Renard Chocolaterie.
THE BEAN TO BAR VILLAGE
The Bean-to-Bar Village is back again this year, featuring companies such as Bean to Bar, Legast Artisan Chocolatier, Mi Joya, Millesime Chocolat and Munsakao. Now more than ever, bean-to-bar is the force driving the industry forward. More and more passionate chocolatiers have taken the plunge and started up their own bean-to-bar companies. This approach combines pleasure and mindfulness, and is fully in line with the current enthusiasm for natural flavours, authenticity and traceability sought by today’s consumers.
ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
Little chocoholics will want to head down to Chocoland for the introduction to chocolate workshops, specially developed for younger hands and palates – in partnership with the Institut Emile Gryzon.
Sign up at the Salon, places are limited. 12 children per workshop, one every hour. Workshops are open to
children from 6 to 12 years old.
In advance – until February 21st at midnight:
Adult Friday: €8.50 – Saturday or Sunday: €10
Children from 3 to 12: €5
Free for children under 3
Senior (from 60) : €8.50
Student (on presentation of proof) : €8.50
Family Pack: 2 adults + 2 children between 3 and 12: €26
Opening Night – Thursday, 21st February 2019 – advance tickets only: €20
From February 22nd:
Adult Friday: €9 – Saturday or Sunday: €11
Children from 3 to 12: €5
Free for children under 3
Senior (from 60 ) : €9
Student (on presentation of proof) : €9
Family Pack: 2 adults + 2 children between 3 and 12: €27 on Friday / €28 on Saturday or Sunday
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