So much cho­co­late; so lit­tle time!

Cho­co­late Fes­ti­val at CDM on Satur­day

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Cho­co­late lovers of all ages may want to drop by the Cre­ative Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum on Satur­day af­ter­noon, Sept. 15, when the sev­enth an­nual Cho­co­late Fes­ti­val is held.

The Cho­co­late Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates cho­co­late’s his­tory, science and ap­peal. This year’s event will fo­cus on the roots of cho­co­late and the cul­tural ties be­tween cho­co­late pro­duc­tion and Gu­atemala.

Be­tween noon and 4 p.m. on Satur­day, the mu­seum will have sev­eral sta­tions for hands- on ac­tiv­i­ties. Chil­dren can make their own co­coa but­ter lo­tion, sam­ple dif­fer­ent types of cho­co­late, take part in kitchen lessons us­ing cho­co­late as the main in­gre­di­ent and dis­cover, through a sim­u­lated en­vi­ron­ment, how cho­co­late pods are picked, fer­mented, dried, roasted and blended to make dif­fer­ent forms of cho­co­late.

In ad­di­tion, a Gu­atemalan folk­lore dance team will per­form.

“Cho­co­late is a univer­sal joy for chil­dren and adults. What bet­ter way to en­joy cho­co­late than through an event com­pletely de­voted to its lore and deca­dence?” asks Liza Blair, CDM arts man­ager.

All Cho­co­late Fes­ti­val ac­tiv­i­ties are in­cluded with reg­u­lar ad­mis­sion to the mu­seum.

› Also on Satur­day be­tween noon and 4 p.m., the mu­seum will hold its Teddy Bear Clinic. The clinic is de­signed to take the fear out of a hospi­tal visit for lit­tle ones. Led by Child Life Spe­cial­ists from Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal at Er­langer, it al­lows chil­dren to play they are doc­tors and nurses as they take their bear (the pa­tient) through the nec­es­sary steps to com­plete an op­er­a­tion.

When chil­dren sign in, they will re­ceive their sur- gi­cal cos­tumes, bears and name their bears. They will see a triage pro­ce­dure, take vi­tals and as­sess their pa­tients. Then they will learn op­er­a­tion prep, surgery pro­ce­dures and pa­tient re­cov­ery be­fore turn­ing their bears back in to the mu­seum staff.

“This event plays a very im­por­tant role in de­mys­ti­fy­ing in-hospi­tal pro­ce­dures for chil­dren and their par­ents,” says Jayne Grif­fin, CDM di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 423-648-6054.


Chil­dren at Satur­day’s Cho­co­late Fes­ti­val will learn how cho­co­late is made and take part in kitchen lessons us­ing cho­co­late.

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