Just as for everything there is a season, for everything there is a festival. Lucky for us, the Hudson Valley locale of Red Hook is once again hosting the Red Hook and Chocolate Festival. Head over to the village and rejoice in the delectable dessert this Saturday, November 7th. There’s something for chocolate lovers and history buffs alike, including a chocolate tasting demo at Taste Budd’s Cafe, live music performances, and a history of the Red Hook Chocolate Factory presented by Historic Red Hook. As you tour the town, be sure to buy one (or more) chocolate bars from local merchants in the hopes of winning a Golden Ticket. Peruse vendors for that perfect gift, chocolate or not. Dance with the wandering Wonka. Eat chocolate. Be merry.
If you’re wondering why Red Hook chose chocolate as its flavor of choice, it’s because in 1888 William H. Baker chose the village as the home of his Chocolate Factory. Though the building no longer produces chocolate-y treats, the delicious history lives on in the streets and chocolate of Red Hook. The Red Hook Area Chamber of Commerce considers the festival “an opportunity for local merchants, residents, and visitors to interact and showcase the best of what Red Hook has to offer.” Sounds delicious.