The Chocolate Fair (Salon du Chocolat) takes place every year in late October/early November in Paris. Chocolatiers, pastry chefs, confectioners and professionals from the chocolate industry, as well as producing countries, great chefs, designers and cocoa experts get together to show the public all the riches of the famous bean. A total of over 700 exhibitors are in attendance for the duration of the fair.
For visitors, it's a chance to discover the latest innovations and taste creations by pastry chefs as well as the best cocoa beans from all over the world. Children's pastry-making workshops take place every day from 11 am to 7 pm, and there are tasting sessions and cookery demonstrations hosted by top chefs. In the bookshop area, the authors of recipe books can meet the public for signings. The highlights of the fair are still the fashion parade with dresses made of chocolate, and the chocolate awards that are given to the best chocolatiers of the year.