The Annual Chocolate Festival in Turin, Italy
Located in northern Italy, capital of the Piedmont region, and located mainly on the left bank of the Po River, Turin (Torino), Italy, is often called the “cradle of Italian liberty.” It is known as the home of the Shroud of Turin, the headquarters of automobile manufacturers FIAT, Lancia, and Alfa Romeo, and the annual Chocolate Festival!
Turin makes nearly 60 percent of Italy’s chocolate, is considered to be the birthplace of solid chocolate, and is the home of more chocolatiers than Belgium and France combined.
Also known as CioccolaTO, the event takes place each year just before Easter in the Piazza Vittorio Veneto square. The Chocolate Festival in Turin will be March 2-11, 2012, this year.
It includes cultural events and (the best part) sampling an enormous variety of chocolate from nearly 100 vendors. These vendors don’t just buy a stand. Their chocolate must pass strict scrutiny before they are allowed to participate. Only the best chocolate is available during the Chocolate Festival.
When you visit, don’t feel guilty while indulging in the “food of the gods.” After all, the benefits of moderate chocolate consumption are well documented. They are rich in healthful flavonoids, so chocolate can aid cardiovascular fitness, reduce blood pressure, and decrease levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol. And during the Chocolate Festival in Turin, just ignore the part about “moderate” chocolate consumption!
Now watch this video. It’s in Italian; but it’s loaded with Torino chocolate. It would even make Willy Wonka envious! Bon appetit!
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