So, confession time… I am a certified chocoholic. Always have been and I don’t see that ever changing.

And as someone who has long eaten dessert before the entrée – lets face it, life is too short not to treat your taste buds to the sweet stuff first – being able to enjoy last year’s inaugural Chocolate Fest in Jonesborough was nothing short of a dream come true.

Think about it. Sweet treats everywhere you look, all through downtown Jonesborough. And, it also happens around Valentine’s Day, which also makes it a perfect outing for you and your significant other to enjoy together. OK, so Chocolate Fest is actually Feb. 11 this year but who says you can’t celebrate the holiday over the course of four wonderful, chocolate-filled days?

Last year, I can tell you with absolutely no embarrassment whatsoever, that I made my way through Jonesborough and didn’t miss a single stop during Chocolate Fest.  And yes, if you remember, it was pretty cold and snowy but that didn’t stop me or about 1,500 other chocolate lovers who invaded the downtown area.

Of course, it was a no-brainer to visit The Lollipop Shop (that store just screams chocolate. But there was chocolate everywhere, and not just where you’d usually look for it either. I found some great chocolate chip cookies at Shellz (grabbed myself a stunning scarf too), the Chester Inn Museum had some wonderful treats and so did Treasure Connections (I also found a great little antique stool there).

A bunch of downtown merchants inside the International Storytelling Center also had plenty of tasty offerings and I tried each and every one. Loved every bite!

This year’s Chocolate Festival, which will run from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., has been circled on my calendar since last year’s event.  And trust me, I’ve had my ticket’s for quite a while – no way I’m missing out on all those sweet confections!

More than twenty different businesses in downtown Jonesborough will be offering special chocolate-themed treats like chocolate covered strawberries (my personal favorite), chocolate covered oreos, hot fudge cake, and more. If it’s chocolate you’re craving, Jonesborough is the ONLY place to be on Feb. 11.

I’ve heard there will be a chocolate chip pancake eating contest and an outdoor s’mores station. Oh, and golden tickets are back! I wasn’t lucky enough to score one last year but my fingers are crossed that I find one this year and have a shot at winning some cash and cool gifts from local businesses.

Tasting tickets will be sold this year in packets of 10 for $11.50 and 15 for $16.50 – such a small price to pay for all that chocolate! You can get them Online now or you can pick them up on Feb. 11, starting at 9 a.m., at the International Storytelling Festival.  Better hurry though – there’s a limited number of tickets!

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