Hershey Restaurants Roll Out Savory Food And Good Beer

Chocolate Kiss streetlight on Chocolate Avenue...

Chocolate Kiss streetlight on Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  Great publicity for Hershey, Pennsylvania from the Philadelphia Inquirer!

A giant Hershey bar brushed past me, waved, and stepped onto the escalator – and I’ll admit I did a double take.  It was morning.  Hadn’t had my coffee.  And the prospect of breakfasting with a cast of human-sized Kit Kat bars and York Peppermint Patties at the Hershey Lodge was only just coming into focus.

Of course there were walking Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups here: Central Pennsylvania’s cocoa capital, a playland of amusement rides, endless sweets, and candy-themed attractions that run straight through the holidays, is where every kid’s chocolate fantasies can almost come to life.

The possibility, though, that there might now be something just as wonderful for the grown-ups to eat and drink around Hershey – Craft beer!  Artisanal charcuterie! Genuine country cooking! – would be my most enduring double take from this family trip.

Never would I have guessed such a thing possible from our last visit eight years ago, when we found little more than a soulless gallery of national chains.

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Hershey Chocolatefest This Weekend! A Chocoholics Paradise!

Welcome sign on the east end of Chocolate Aven...

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Imagine a chocolate festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  That took some serious thought, LOL!

On January 15th and 16th, Chocolatefest will take place at the Hershey Lodge located at Chocolate Avenue and University Drive in Hershey.  Festivities start at 6 p.m. on Saturday and continue on Sunday morning, starting at 11 a.m.  Doug Allen, from WGAL TV in Lancaster, will host the events.

A ChocolateBall will begin the festivities at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening.  The theme is Jamaica.  The black-tie affair includes a reception, silent auctions, a raffle, dancing and music by Class Act featuring Rita.  The cost is $100.00, per person.

On Sunday morning things continue with a reception of champagne, wine, hors d’oeuvres and a cake competition at 11 a.m.  The reception is $50.00.  The reception will be followed by two tasting sessions of confectionary samples from local restaurants, retailers, hotels and caterers.  The first session will start at 1 p.m., followed by a second session at 3:15 p.m.  Both sessions will last 1 hour and 45 minutes.  Tickets are $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door. (Tickets are limited)  Children ages 5 – 12 are $5.00 (there will be children’s activities

What is the best part of Chocolatefest?  It is a fundraiser for Keystone Human Services, a family of nonprofit organizations which provides comprehensive community-based services for children, young people, adults and families in the areas of intellectual disabilities (mental retardation), autism, mental health, early intervention and children and family services.  You can learn more about this organization by clicking here http://www.keystonehumanservices.org/

Tickets can be purchased by calling 717-232-7509 or directly from Boscov’s, The Hershey Lodge, Giant Food Stores and Metro Bank.