South Yorkshire’s sweetest festival arrives this autumn

Satisfy your inner chocoholic this October with South Yorkshire’s first festival dedicated to all things chocolate.

Organised by youth homelessness charity, Roundabout, the event will be held at Sheffield’s historic Kelham Island Museum on Sunday 24th October from 10am until 4pm.

Promising to be an experience like no other, attendees can expect to get lost in luxury and be immersed into the world of chocolate, with over 50 stalls plus live music and workshops.

On the day you will find everything from brownies to doughnuts and even chocolate flavoured rum. But there will also be a range of non-edible gifts for those with less of a sweet tooth.

The event will bring together the region’s best bakers, crafters and chocolatiers with a large focus on artisan, ethically sourced bean-to-bar products.

One of the stall holders will be John Cowlings who owns Derbyshire-based Cacoa Elora. John imports his cocoa beans from places like Uganda, Venezuela, Indonesia, and Nicaragua which give each of his products its own unique taste. He has been making chocolate since 2014, doing everything by hand, from drying out the beans, to seeking out the imperfections, roasting them and then loosening the shells, at his Alfreton base.

The Yorkshire Chocolate Festival will support Roundabout’s work to reduce youth homelessness in South Yorkshire. Since 1977, the charity has been providing shelter, support and life skills to young people aged 16 to 25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness due to family breakdowns. They currently work with more than 250 young people every day in Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster.

Roundabout’s event fundraiser, Emily Bush, said: “We are super excited to launch South Yorkshire’s first ever chocolate festival. We were looking for a new event which would appeal to a wide audience and support local business while raising income and awareness for Roundabout and the work we do supporting young people who find themselves facing homelessness.

After a year with so many events cancelled, we hope this will interest a range of people who will all help in supporting young people who benefit from Roundabout’s wrap around support.”

Tickets are £4.00 for adults, £3.00 for concessions, £2.00 for children, or £10.00 for a family ticket (two adults and up to four children) plus a £1.00 booking fee.

For more details or to book, visit www.roundabouthomeless.org/event/yorkshire-chocolate-festival