The Best Chocolate Festivals Around The World

A land full of chocolates is not a thing of dreams anymore. Not when you have annual festivals around the globe solely dedicated to the bliss that is chocolate. Go on and turn all your chocolate fantasies into reality. Get packing and visit the best chocolate festivals around the world.

The Chocolate Festival, London

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At this popular chocolate festival, you will be greeted by stalls and stalls worth of chocolaty goodies that range from simple classics to gourmet delights. Apart from eating these treats, you will learn the art of making them through classes conducted by renowned chocolatiers. You can also get yourself a chocolate face mask therapy and attend workshops on making cocoa butter based beauty products. Live music is also a feature of the chocolate festival that you will surely enjoy. Add this chocolate festival to your bucket list for that unforgettable chocolate experience.

 

Dates: December 4-6, 2015

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Chocolart, Germany

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The Germans love chocolate so it is no surprise that they are the hosts of one of the best chocolate festivals in the world. At the Chocolart Festival, visitors get to taste chocolates created by world class chocolatiers from around the globe. The entry to the festival is completely free and the varieties of chocolates are unending; this explains the large crowds always present at the festival. The festival also conducts classes on chocolate making and offers a unique chocolate massage experience.  If you are ready to completely lose yourself to chocolate, make your way to the Chocolart Festival. You won’t regret it.

Dates: December 1- 6, 2015

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Eurochocolate, Italy

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The largest chocolate festival in the world, the Eurochocolate festival takes place in the Italian city of Perugia. The best international brands of chocolates assemble at this festival. The festival boasts of everything chocolate, from cooking classes to sculpting competitions, and street side stalls that offer a continuous supply of free samples. Live music plays throughout the festival to create the perfect mood. On the last day of the festival, the Eurochocolate Awards Ceremony takes place where the best chocolatiers receive awards. Have you booked that plane ticket to Italy already?

Dates: October 16-25, 2015

Choco-late, Belgium

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Belgium loves chocolate and chocolate loves Belgium, and you can witness this historical love story by visiting the Choco-late Festival held in Brugge, Belgium. At the festival, visitors can take a trip through a chocolate museum (yes, that’s right), admire gorgeous chocolate art and sculptures, paint with chocolate (sadly, only for kids) and enjoy a mouthful of delicious, free chocolate samples. If you are the kinds that are not just satisfied with eating chocolates but would also love to drink it, then the chocolate beverage bar at the festival won’t disappoint you. Fall in love with chocolate all over again with a trip to Belgium’s Choco-late festival.

Dates: November 2015

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Las Vegas Chocolate Festival, USA

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Las Vegas also known as ‘Sin City; is that place on earth where life is a full blown party. Add an amazing chocolate festival to the list and there is no reason we can think of for not wanting to visit. The Las Vegas Chocolate Festival brings together the best talents in the sweet treat industry and gives visitors a chance to taste some of their oh-so delicious chocolate creations. To make it all even better there is a wide variety of wines and spirits to try along with the chocolates. Yes, this is everything you have ever been waiting for; don’t miss it for the world!

Dates: April 2016

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The History of Tequila

Tequila, one of the most popular drinks of today’s times comes with a long and rich history that traces back to early Mexico, North America.

Before the times of the Spanish conquest, the native people of Mexico used to ferment the sap of plants called Agave in order to produce a drink called Pulque.  After the invasion, Spanish Conquistadors distilled Pulque to replace the brandy they had run out of. The drink produced was called Mezcal Wine and became North America’s first distilled spirit.

Mezcal Wine eventually evolved to become the Tequila we know today. Both Mezcal and Tequila are made using the heart of the Agave plant called pina. Tequila is a type of Mezcal however it is produced in a different manner.  Tequila is produced using only the Blue Agave plant while Mezcal can be produced using five different types of Agave.  Mezcal is made using pina that is baked over charcoal in a rock lined pit oven, covered with palm fibre mats and earth. Tequila on the other hand is made from pina that is steamed or baked in ovens above the ground.

The name Tequila comes from the small town of Tequila in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. The Blue Agave plant, known as the best variety to produce Tequila, flourishes in this town.

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In 1758, the King of Spain granted a man called Jose Antonio Cuervo the rights to cultivate a section of land with Agave plants, which then led to the first licensed commercial manufacture of Tequila. Today, Jose Antonio Cuervo is a well renowned Tequila brand that is the largest manufacturer and exporter of the drink.

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In 1858, a man named Don Cenobio Sauza visited the town of Tequila and was completely entranced by the place. He worked at the Cuervo distillery where he learned about the production behind Tequila. He also gained expertise in Agave farming. With this knowledge, he bought his own distillery and established Sauza Tequila; till date one of Jose Cuervo’s greatest competitors. Tequila made its way to the USA for the first time as an export from Sauza Tequila.

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Tequila did not attain importance until post 1821, when Mexico gained independence and Spanish products were hard to get. Next the Mexican revolution took place which brought about a huge wave of patriotism towards Mexican made products including Tequila.

In the USA, a prohibition was set on Tequila but this only increased the popularity of the drink, and as a result the drink was smuggled across the border. Demand for the product increased again in USA during World War II as a result of scarce supply of spirits from Europe.

With the increasing demand for the drink, the production also increased. This got the government involved in the form of setting up rules for the production of the product. In 1944, the Mexican government set strict standards that demanded any product called ‘Tequila’ be only produced in the state of Jalisco using Agave grown there. Also to maintain the highest quality of Tequila, it was made compulsory that Tequila be made using no less than 51% Agave Tequiliana Weber, variety Azul.

The rest as they say is history.

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Harman Kardon Speakers now available at Bengaluru Duty Free!

Impeccable audio quality and innovative design come together at Bengaluru Duty Free in the form of Harman Kardon speakers. Crafted using years of research and development, these speakers offer only clear, unadulterated sound, and their unique, sophisticated design make them a treat for the eyes as well.

Harman Kardon Esquire Mini

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A portable and wireless speaker specifically designed to suit the lifestyle of professionals always on the move. The speaker boasts of superb sound quality, which is a result of dual, high performance drivers and improved bass port design. Only the highest standard of materials is used to craft this masterpiece that exudes a classy yet urban look. Bluetooth enabled, the Esquire Mini can stream audio from your Bluetooth devices. It also has dual microphone, built-in echo and noise cancellation technology that allow it to be used as a conference phone system. With an 8-hour, Li-ion rechargeable battery, you can be guaranteed great performance for long periods of time. See it here.

The Harman Kardon Esquire Mini speaker is available in three colours: Black, White and Brown.

Harman Kardon Aura

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A speaker that is truly one of a kind, the Harman Kardon Aura celebrates sound in all its glory, while also taking aesthetics to a whole new level.  The speaker is designed with 6 X 1.5” high- and mid-range drivers and a 4.5” subwoofer that creates a 360 degree sound experience, transporting the listener to a place that can only be described as sound haven. Premium quality materials are used to develop this stunning product which has a transparent enclosure that gives you a direct view of the subwoofer and vibrant LED lights. The Harman Kardon Aura comes with built-in Bluetooth which allows you to stream audio from your Bluetooth enabled devices. It has an AirPlay feature that wirelessly streams audio from your iOS devices and iTunes application. It is also a DLNA certified device that allows audio streaming through your home network. Take a look at it here.

The Harman Kardon Aura speaker is available in two colours: Black and White.

Harman Kardon Go + Play

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We bring you the audio dock of your dreams with the Harman Kardon Go+Play. This gorgeous loudspeaker dock is the perfect partner for your iPhone or iPod. Just plug them in and let the party begin. Built with dual high frequency, advanced midrange transducers and high excursion, low frequency drivers, the Harman Kardon Go+ Play delivers mind-blowing sound clarity and superior bass. You can also stream music wirelessly on the dock with Harman TrueStream that allows you to connect any of your Bluetooth enabled devices to the dock. The loudspeaker dock is also highly portable. Carry it wherever you want using its super stylish, stainless steel handle. See it on our website here.

The Harman Kardon Go+ Play is available in a single colour: Black

Harman Kardon Onyx

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The device for all your devices. That’s right. The Harman Kardon Onyx can stream audio from all your smart devices, making music accessible from a wide range of outlets –  Bluetooth and NFC enabled devices, Apple devices (using AirPlay) and  Android and Windows environments (using DLNA).  The Onyx is built with four powered speakers and dual passive radiators that create a powerful sound which surrounds you from every angle. Its unique shape, stainless steel handle, aluminium finish passive radiator and pure leather also rank it high in terms of aesthetic value. Take a look at it here.

The Harman Kardon Onyx is available in two colours: Black and White.

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