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Annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival

Posted by boston.com  January 17, 2014 10:00 AM

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Salem Main Streets, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, and local retailers, restaurants and businesses invite you to attend the 12th 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!
 
The festival officially kicks off with a Chocolate and Wine Tasting, on Friday, February 7th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas, 227 Essex Street.  This luscious tasting event features wine and chocolate samplings from premier Salem restaurants, stores and sweet shops.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance starting January 16th. 

Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 978-744-0004, online at www.salemsosweet.eventbrite.com, or in person at the Salem Chamber of Commerce, 265 Essex Street, Suite 101.  This event is the highlight of the season and sells out quickly!
 
This year there will be more than 14 large ice sculptures, chocolate samplings and great discounts around downtown Salem the weekend of February 8-9, with some continuing until February 16th in celebration of Valentine’s Day!  The beautiful ice sculptures will grace downtown Salem starting February 8, with themes including a seahorse, a rubber ducky, a sailboat, a film projector, and more!
 
The Salem Trolley will be offering trolley rides around the festival route weather permitting on February 8 & 9 for a minimal fee.  More information about trolley routes, times, and price will be available closer to the festival.
 
Many downtown businesses will offer discounts and special offerings during the festival.  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 festival, 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 discounts on diamond jewelry.  Specific store and restaurant offerings will be available on brochures distributed throughout the downtown or online at www.salemmainstreets.org.
 
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 at a participating location and have it validated at participating businesses (no purchase necessary) to enter to win a Salem's So Sweet gift basket which features many fine items from area retailers.
 
Visit the Salem Main Streets website for more events and details about the festival as they become available:  www.salemmainstreets.org -  or follow our Facebook page for all the latest updates https://www.facebook.com/salemsosweet.

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