Events to Love
Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival
Unionville High School
750 Unionville Rd., Kennett Square /KennettChocolate.org
Chocolate lovers are a special breed, willing to go to great lengths to satisfy their passion. So it’s no surprise that this annual, often sold-out fundraiser for the United Way of Southern Chester County has continued to grow, attracting fans of chocolate in all its forms for a family-friendly day of sampling hundreds of chocolate treats—cakes, candies, cookies, cupcakes and brownies, oh my! Held in January 2020 (stay tuned for plans for 2021), there were treats prepared by professional, amateur and student bakers. Join in for more fun with smaller Evenings of Wine and Chocolate fundraisers at private homes and a year-long Year of Living Chocolate raffle with winners getting a different chocolate treat every month!
Sweet Charity/ CCCF
26 W. Market St., West Chester
610-696-8211 / Chescocf.org
“Giving never tasted so good” is the perfect tagline for this dessert-centric fundraiser for Chester County Community Foundation. For years this annual event—one of our favorites—assembled the best bakers and dessert chefs—Master’s Baker, General Warren, Cakes & Candies By Maryellen—to wow sweets-lovers and do-gooders at a meet and mingle. Although the late-March 2020 event was cancelled, plan on a two-part, month-long 2021 program called Food for Thought. Weekly Zoom panels on food safety, food security and more combine with desserts. Join the dessert tasting trail planned for the last week of March visiting local spots offering specialty treats to support good causes as you nosh.
Taste of Phoenixville
Every January since 2003, about 600 people shook off the chill of winter and gathered for a feast and to support the work of Good Samaritan Services. Recently in Franklin Commons, earlier at the Foundry and the Phoenixville Country Club, the event featured live music, dancing, live and silent auctions, spirits from local breweries, vineyards and distilleries plus food prepared by the Phoenixville’s finest restaurants. This year, the fundraiser will be take-out, on Sunday through Thursday, January 17 through 21, featuring a restaurants each night: Great American Pub, Bistro on Bridge, Molly Maguire’s, Stonehouse Grille and Uncle B’s. Appetizer and cocktail carryout packs, too! A tasty way to show your support for those in need.
West Chester Open-Air Market
After years of envying Media’s Dining Under the Stars on warm Wednesday evenings and Kennett’s expanding Dining on State Street, West Chester made some lemonade with pandemic lemons and created an Open-Air Market along four blocks of Gay Street. Both restaurants and local shops brought dining and business out into streets temporarily shut down to traffic. The experiment was so successful, it was extended to the end of November. And we’re rooting for the popular plan to return as soon as weather (and PennDOT) permits!
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