Fu­ture cho­co­late fests can­celled due to ‘bad press’

Western Daily Press - - News -

THE or­gan­is­ers of a ‘Fan­tas­ti­cal Cho­co­late Fes­ti­val’ have can­celled all the events in the rest of their tour blam­ing a ‘bad press’.

On Mon­day, dozens of peo­ple de­manded re­funds fol­low­ing an event at the Pas­sen­ger Shed at Tem­ple Meads in Bris­tol.

They were com­plain­ing that they were left ‘em­bar­rassed’ by the lack of stalls, en­ter­tain­ments and the paucity of a £7.50 goodie bag that con­tained six sweets, three choco­lates, a mug and a chil­dren’s ac­tiv­ity sheet.

The Bris­tol event was the sec­ond in a na­tional tour that was trav­el­ling around the coun­try, set­ting up in ma­jor towns and cities be­fore trav­el­ling to Lon­don in the spring.

The con­tro­versy that fol­lowed the Bris­tol event fol­lowed sim­i­lar out­rage fol­low­ing the first event in Liver­pool in Oc­to­ber – peo­ple who went to that one were so out­raged they started a Face­book group to com­pare ex­pe­ri­ences and share their ef­forts to get a re­fund.

Peo­ple who have al­ready paid for tick­ets to the fes­ti­vals tak­ing place in other places, in­clud­ing Bournemouth, have been given re­funds and told in an email from the com­pany that a ‘bad press’ is to blame.

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