Get cozy with Long Grove Cocoa Crawl Feb. 2

 
Submitted by Jody Grimaldi
Posted1/28/2019 8:08 AM
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  • Ethel Berger prepares hot chocolate at Long Grove Coffee Co. during last year's Long Grove Cocoa Crawl.

      Ethel Berger prepares hot chocolate at Long Grove Coffee Co. during last year's Long Grove Cocoa Crawl. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer, 2018

Crawl out of winter hibernation and stroll around Historic Downtown Long Grove and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa, or two or three on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association is bringing back last year's breakout new hit event -- the Cocoa Crawl where up to two dozen merchants team up to create this fun-filled, family-friendly day.

"We were pleasantly surprised when thousands turned out for the first Cocoa Crawl a year ago," says Laurie Wilhoit, marketing and communications manager with the Long Grove Visitor's Center. "This year we're anticipating more participants, more cocoa, and even more fun."

The Cocoa Crawl celebrates the winter season and the retail scene in Long Grove. Guests who attend the free event from noon to 4 p.m. will start at the Visitor's Center, where they'll pick up a map of participating stores and restaurants, then visit as many spots as they like for complimentary cocoa sampling. All Cocoa Crawl stops around town will be serving cocoa or chocolate-inspired drinks and treats, including such items as hot chocolate bark, hot chocolate popcorn and hot chocolate Krispies.

Participating businesses include:

The Back Porch

Bella Donna Boutiques

Broken Earth Winery

Buffalo Creek Brewing

Chatterbox

Country House

Covered Bridge Creamery

Creative Hands Gift Shop

Emporium of Antiques

Epilogue

Long Grove Coffee Co.

Long Grove Confectionery

Apple Haus

Ma & Pa's Candy

Morkes Chocolates of Long Grove

The Olive Tap

Olivia's Boutique

Paddy's on the Square/ Irish Boutique

Redefined Salon

Scout & Forge

Signature Popcorn

Village Tavern of Long Grove

Viking Treasures

Within Reach

Before calling it a day, Cocoa Crawlers are encouraged to come back to the Visitor's Center to vote on their favorite cocoa treat and be entered into a raffle for prizes donated by participants. The Visitor's Center is at 308 Old McHenry Road, for details, visit longgrove.org/festivals/cocoa-crawl.

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