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Salon du Chocolat, the most delicious festival in Paris

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Salon du Chocolat
Europe   This 2018 edition promises to be an exploration of chocolate in all its flavours

From 31st October to 4th November, the Salon du Chocolat promises a delicious and festive programme in the heart of Paris at Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center.

For five days in late October and early November, the Salon du Chocolat transforms the Porte de Versailles in Paris’ 15th arrondissement into a massive exposition dedicated to all things chocolate.

With over 500 participants from 60 countries, including over 200 renowned chefs and pastry chefs, the Salon du Chocolat is the must-see event for all chocolate lovers. The 20 000 sq.m. of exhibition and show space makes it the largest showcase of chocolate from the 5 continents.

The competition welcomes participation from two new countries this year: the North African region represented by Morocco and the Middle East represented by the United Arab Emirates.

Following the withdrawal of the Canadian candidate for health reasons, 20 candidates will compete alongside each other, with representatives from the other usual participating countries such as France, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Japan, the USA, Latin America, Russia, China and many more. Australia will also be taking part again this year.

The jury, made up of professional chefs representing the 20 countries, will be chaired by Frank Haasnoot (winner of the 2011 edition of the World Chocolate Masters), well-known pastry chef Cédric Grolet, voted world’s best pastry chef by World's 50 Best and Naomi Mizuno (winner of the 2007 edition of the World Chocolate Masters).

The challenge? To take home the prestigious World Chocolate Master 2018 title. The competition theme, “Futropolis”, will challenge finalists to imagine the future of chocolate gastronomy between now and 2025.

Chefs and pastry chefs from around the world take to the stage for live demos and to discussions, as well as share recipes and tricks of the trade, while lectures and more in-depth workshops will appeal to chocolate lovers and connoisseurs looking to deepen their knowledge on subjects such as the “bean to bar” trend of single-origin cocoa beans that’s been making waves in recent years among artisanal producers.

You are a passionate foodie? Come at the L’Atelier des Sens area for free pastry and chocolate workshops every day during the Salon.

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