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Satisfy your sweet tooth at the 20th annual Salem So Sweet Festival

Chocolates, ice sculptures, and local shops make this festival a must-see.

The Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival. John Andrews / Creative North Shore

Salem’s annual chocolate and ice sculpture festival returns for its 20th year in 2022. Hosted by Salem Main Streets and the Salem Chamber of Commerce, the festival celebrates sweets, local shops, and glittering ice sculptures, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The festival kicks off this year with a ​​”Trick or Sweet Chocolate and Wine Crawl” on Thursday, Feb. 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees are given a souvenir glass that doubles as their ticket while they visit participating downtown locations, trying sweet treats and beverage tastings.

The ice sculpture installation begins Friday night, and the sculptures sprinkled throughout downtown are illuminated on Saturday night. Salem’s local shops will also hold a “Chocolate Hearts Challenge,” a scavenger hunt-like game where participants scan QR codes in each business for a shot at a prize.

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