The following was submitted by Salem Main Streets:
More than fifteen large ice sculptures, chocolate samplings and great discounts February 10 - 14, 2012 in downtown Salem in celebration of Valentine's Day! Beautiful ice sculptures will grace downtown Salem starting February 11 as part of the 10th annual Salem's So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival. Ice Sculpture Themes include a dragon, Marilyn Monroe, the SSU Viking, TinTin and Snowy, a crystal snowflake, a one room school house and the Salem Witch. Many downtown businesses will offer discounts and free chocolate during the weekend as well.
The festival officially kicks off with a Chocolate and Wine Tasting, on Friday, February 10 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, at Hamilton Hall, 9 Chestnut Street. This luscious tasting event features wine and chocolate samplings from premier Salem restaurants, stores and sweet shops. The Chocolate and Wine Tasting is sponsored by the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance at the Salem Chamber of Commerce starting January 13, 265 Essex Street.
The Salem Trolley will be offering trolley rides around the festival route weather permitting on February 11 & 12 from 12 to 4 for Adults $1, children are free. Pick up locations include the Salem Visitor Center, Pickering Wharf and Washington Street near Eastern Bank.
With over 60 places to eat, downtown Salem is the perfect place to have a romantic dinner or casual lunch. In celebration of the chocolate weekend, many of Salem's finest restaurants will feature special chocolate offerings on their menus, including desserts, cocktails, and inventive sauces. Participating Salem retailers will offer in-store promotions, innovative displays and items geared toward chocolate and Valentine's Day ranging from a chocolate fondue fountain to Valentine inspired dog treats. Once again, Golden Tickets will be available in downtown Salem for a chance to win the Salem's So Sweet Gift Basket. Pick up your Golden Ticket and have it validated at participating businesses (no purchase necessary) then enter to win a Salem's So Sweet gift basket which features many fine items from area retailers.
There are numerous special events during the festival. The Salem Theatre Company is offering a discount on their hit performance: The Real Thing. The National Park Service Visitor Center will have a historic display on ice and chocolate.
Salem Main Streets, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, and local retailers, restaurants and businesses invite you to attend the 10th annual Salem's So Sweet, Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival. A decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures and Valentine's Day shopping - don't miss Salem's sweetest event of the year! For more information and details about the festival contact (978)-744-0004 or visit the website www.salemmainstreets.org or www.salem-chamber.org.