Long Grove Chocolate Fest begins with a twist: entertainment

  • Arielle Soussan, who is from California and is visiting a friend who resides in Vernon Hills, enjoys a marshmallow and a strawberry dipped in chocolate during Long Grove Chocolate Fest Friday.

    Arielle Soussan, who is from California and is visiting a friend who resides in Vernon Hills, enjoys a marshmallow and a strawberry dipped in chocolate during Long Grove Chocolate Fest Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Weronika Zon of Gourmet Goodies wraps items for customers during the Long Grove Chocolate Fest Friday.

    Weronika Zon of Gourmet Goodies wraps items for customers during the Long Grove Chocolate Fest Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Chocolate-covered pretzels were being sold by Gourmet Goodies during the Long Grove Chocolate Fest Friday.

    Chocolate-covered pretzels were being sold by Gourmet Goodies during the Long Grove Chocolate Fest Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Samantha Grippo, 3, of Arlington Heights pauses while standing on top of a stone during the Long Grove Chocolate Fest Friday.

    Samantha Grippo, 3, of Arlington Heights pauses while standing on top of a stone during the Long Grove Chocolate Fest Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 5/15/2015 4:17 PM

Long Grove's first big summer festival, Chocolate Fest, launched Friday with a new twist: entertainment that extends into the night.

The village has booked bigger name musical acts for evening performances to bolster the festival. Sixteen Candles is performing at 8 p.m. Saturday and American English at 5 p.m. Sunday.

 

The festival will continue to offer chocolate treats galore, along with its more traditional family entertainment and kids games during the day. The chocolate treats include custom-brewed chocolate beer, chocolate-scented candles, chocolate mint tea bags, hot chocolate and frozen hot chocolate, chocolate martinis, chocolate-flavored drinks, chocolate-dipped strawberries and cider doughnuts.

The festival continues from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 (12 and under, free); $8 after 6 p.m. Saturday.

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