Chocolate lovers were in for a special treat at Roy Thomson Hall on Friday, with a gala dedicated to their favourite sweet. The event, called "Cocoa Cabaret" kicked off the celebrations for the annual Toronto Chocolate Festival.
To put the gala's size into perspective, more than 150 feet of chocolate filled stations were on stand to feed the senses. At every turn, there was something for everyone, whether guests favoured something sweet or savoury. Some of Ontario's finest chefs, chocolatiers and pastry chefs were on stand to serve guests an array of sweet and savoury foods infused with, (you guessed it), chocolate.
Now in its seventh year, the Toronto Chocolate Festival is a city wide event, devoted to the decadence and splendour of all things chocolate. It is in town until Nov. 4, and several of its attractions feature charity fundraisers, including a breast and prostate cancer initiatives fund.
Recently, the chocolate ball, one of the festival's main events, was featured on Food Network's "Sugar Stars," and also appeared on W network's "Undercover Boss Canada." Chocolate festivals are common in other parts of the world, and with another making big strides in the country, Toronto finally has a similar feat to call its own.