Salon du Chocolat were hosting their annual 'Chocolate Show' at Olympia, London - how could I miss such an opportunity to meet other chocolate-makers and sample high quality chocolate made by top makers from around the world.
What a feast for the senses it was - 3 days of talks, demos, stalls and exhibits - even a Chocolate Fashion Show with garments made using real chocolate! (they had to seen to be believed- check out the detail on the skirt in the picture here!).
All the top names in high quality chocolate were there - from the 'big boys' at Valrhona, through to Paul A Young (pictured here selling his amazing brownies - sold warm straight out of the oven!) right through to the small-batch, craft chocolate producers such as Marou, Duffy, Charlotte Flower, plus others from the world of raw chocolate such as Pablo Spaull from Forever Cacao, Pacari and Lucocoa - and many, many more.
It was 3 full days of inspiration and learning for me - talking to fellow chocolate-makers and sharing in their passion for their product. Watching demos from the likes of Paul A Young and Anish Kapoor - enormous fun to watch such experts at work.
The real highlight for me was, after the results of the International Chocolate Awards World Finals were announced on the Saturday, Sunday brought the opportunity to taste the winning chocolate from all around the world!
I am also so packed full of ideas and thoughts for new flavours, new chocolates, etc - so watch this space folks! The limited edition Christmas Box will be on the website soon and, after that, who knows where my chocolate jorney will lead.
Wishing you all a Happy Chocolatey life