Sunday, March 21, 2010

Festival du Chocolat

On Saturday we rode the train to Versoix to attend the chocolate festival. There was a lot of chocolate crammed into a fairly small tent. For someone wanting to sample one of everything the festival was a little overwhelming. 100 CHF doesn't buy as much chocolate as one might think!

I love empty eggshells filled with chocolate (have seen these in the States at Cost Plus), so got a couple of these for the kids.

It seemed like every other person was buying these little chocolate cakes from Philippe Pascoet, so I naturally needed to try them too. They were quite good, but I wish I had not bought them because I'm certain they could be made easily enough at home. I also got a small box of his chocolates. So far I've only eaten one, the thé chocolate (jasmine tea). It was fabulous. I think tea is one of my favorite flavorings for chocolates. I'm glad he has a place in Geneva, because I will definitely be going once or twice before we leave in July!! If for nothing else than a box of filled with only the thé flavor!

Just a random little girl sampling some chocolates. We took the kids in for about five minutes before deciding it would be best if they waited outside with Pat while I took photos and acquired chocolate. There were way too many people-it was shoulder to shoulder inside the tent.

These macarons from Sebastien Brocard were for sure the best macarons I've ever had. Take that with a grain of salt though because haven't actually sampled very many macarons. Every time I've had them, even from nice patisseries, they don't taste very good. Or often, like anything. But they're so pretty, I keep trying them occasionally. Thank goodness for perseverance! These macarons were delicious. I'm not sure what flavor the black were, but I liked them a lot. There was also a tea flavor (early grey, I think) that was very nice. My favorite were the caramel with salted butter filling.

Rowan and Niamh each got a chocolate duck from C. Boillat (no website).

Niamh confirmed my suspicions that she is quite possibly the messiest eater ever.

Muriel even got her very own little chocolate bunny.

More photos are up on Flickr, as usual!


  1. Huummm chocolate it's seems delicious (Sebastien broccard is very good job)
    ... Like my macaron day with Pierre Hermé... Just there :

  2. I think you're right about Niamh:), still, how cute is that?

  3. All I can say is YUM! YUM! YUM! I would love to go to a chocolate festival...headed to Belgium in a couple of weeks and in my mind that is like going to an extended chocolate festival:) Those little ducks are the most adorable things ever...well, except perhaps for those chocolate covered cheeks!