It’s a sweet chocolate-flavored destination that awaits all lovers of the Food of the Gods in Perugia: with the arrival of spring, the second edition of Eurochocolate Spring, the International Chocolate Festival, will in fact be held in the picturesque setting of Umbria’s capital from March 24 to April 2.
An International Chocolate Festival
Inspired by Easter and its mouth-watering delicacies, Ovvio is the claim of the new format created to discover Perugia at Egg Step at the historic Giardini del Frontone and beyond.
The rich program of the upcoming edition sees among the main attractions the 15 maxi eggs hand-painted by Perugia master Francesco Quintaliani for the V°V Quintov project that can be admired during the event.
Lots of good chocolate and unmissable themed activities are preparing to welcome faithful choco-lovers: from the ever-present Chocolate Show with as many as 45 exhibitors of the best chocolate products, to the full calendar of tastings, cooking shows, and workshops, to the cozy Oval Bar by Domiziani where to stop for a sweet relaxing break. This area will feature exclusive egg-shaped tables made by Domiziani, an Umbrian company that has been a leader in working with lava stone for more than 30 years.
On Stage at Eurochocolate 2023
Turning to the details of the program, every day, the cozy Choco Lab will await gourmands for sweet close encounters under the expert guidance of Master Confectioners and Chocolatiers. A large section of the appointments is this year endorsed by the Umbria Region, which at the Umbria Taste Arena will offer unmissable pairings in which Umbrian agricultural and food excellence meets chocolate.
Every day, Dolcissima Umbria will delight the public with the live preparation of delicious chocolate pralines made with wine, potatoes, spelt, or truffles, in the company of Maître Chocolatier Nicola Maramigi, who the public can also find at 2 p.m. with The Curious Eggs, grappling with the creation of original Easter delights.
In addition, daily appointments by voglioCioccolato, which offers “It’s not the usual fondant,” a guided tasting to discover the varieties of cocoa, while Assosommelier presents Vino&Cioccolato, a tasting of chocolate paired with Umbrian wines.
Also among the protagonists of the Umbria Taste Arena is the expertise of Mastro Cianuri, who on weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) will delight the public with The Secrets of Chocolate Ice Cream, the sophistication of ChocoCocktails signed Botanica Concept Bar and the refinement of Il Design da mangiare proposed by Maître Chocolatier Nicola Maramigi.
The Choco Lab, in collaboration with ICAM and FBM, present four unmissable special events: the first in the company of Roberto Portanova and his egg painting workshop on Saturday, March 25, while on Sunday, March 26, taste architect Davide Merigo will surprise the audience with the live show “The First Time You Never Forget.” Protagonists of the second weekend will be the “Chocolate Adventure,” led by Chiara Chiasso and Giovanni Indino, and “The Vegan Chocolate Experience,” curated by Maestro Emanuele di Biase.
Also on the Choco Lab stage will be the not-to-be-missed Grappa & Chocolate tastings signed ANAG, the Watch and Learn with Stella workshops from I dolci di Stella, and The Prehistory of Chocolate starring Modica Igp Chocolate narrated by Federico di Rosa.
In the Beauty of Perugia
In addition, to invite all chocaholics to discover the beautiful Historic Center of the City returns, the unmissable Caccia al Tesovo will also be held. Specially designed to make the most of the main points of interest of the Acropolis, it includes five itineraries to discover the as many historical districts of the city: Porta Sole, Porta San Pietro, Porta Eburnea, Porta Santa Susanna and Porta Sant’Angelo. Simple and articulated at the same time, this special treasure hunt offers an opportunity to discover the main attractions of the city.
To close, in the central Piazza Matteotti, a cozy space will host from March 22 until April 10 (Easter Monday), the live production of Eggofatto chocolate eggs, allowing the customization of surprises that visitors can have placed inside each egg.