An annual celebration of all things chocolate returns to Kendall Young Library on Sunday.
Local bakers, cooks and sweet lovers are preparing for the second annual Festival of Chocolate at the Library from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Library officials invite the public to come to the library, enjoy a variety of chocolate brownies, cupcakes, bars, cookies, candy and much more. Reference Librarian Ketta Lubberstedt-Arjes said the Library is expecting about 30 entries for the Festival this year.
"That means the Library will have over 1,000 pieces of chocolate here, which is pretty cool," Lubberstedt-Arjes said.
The Festival of Chocolate also serves as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Kendall Young Library. The Friends are a volunteer group that help fund Library events. They also promote and volunteer at Library events. Community members who are currently members of the Friends can get into the Festival for $5. Admission for non-members is $6. Children under age 10 can get in for $2.
Festival attendees can also sign up for membership to the Friends of the Library at the Library on Sunday. The cost for an annual membership is $5 and a lifetime membership is $50. Library Director Angie Martin-Schwarze said membership to the Friends of the Library will also grant community members early access to their semi-annual book sales.
The Friends announced on Thursday that they will be donating a door prize for Festival-goers. Visitors can win a bottle of chocolate balsamic vinegar that will be given away after a drawing.
A group of nine judges will determine which dishes receive awards at the event. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. to bakers in each category. Attendees will also vote for a people's choice dish. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Borer family.
The Library is also encouraging everyone, including those who do not attend the Festival itself, to purchase plates of leftover chocolates at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Each plate will contain a variety of chocolates hosted at the Festival and will cost $5 each. Lubberstedt-Arjes said that if the Library does not sell all of the "to go" plates on Sunday, they will be available for purchase on Monday as well.