MOSI’s Festival of Chocolate Brings the Sweetest Fashion Trends to Tampa

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Food, fashion and science collide at MOSI on April 18 and 19 for the Festival of Chocolate, the ultimate all-chocolate event.

On April 18, fashion and food collide on MOSI’s Yumway at the Festival of Chocolate. New to this year’s event, the Jr. Cocoa Couture Fashion Show will allow designers ages 7 – 17 to showcase their very own chocolate-inspired designs. The Festival of Chocolate will roll out the red carpet at 3 p.m. for young, aspiring designers to share their creativity, talent and love of all-things chocolate. This year’s Jr. Cocoa Couture Fashion show will be a sweet opportunity to highlight young, local talent in the fashion world.

Cocoa Couture, sponsored by Macy’s, the most highly anticipated event of the festival, features creations from designers 18 and up. Macy’s will display select pieces in department stores after their Yumway debut.

The Festival of Chocolate is the ultimate all-chocolate shopping, interactive and educational event. The Festival of Chocolate has been recognized as one of the top 10 chocolate festivals in the country. This year’s event is themed “Growing up Chocolate” in honor of the new, spring festival date and will highlight the area's best chocolate and confection companies selling tastes and treats of everything chocolate from truffles, cakes and cupcakes to cookies, brownies and ice creams. Chocolate savory items, including chocolate BBQ sauce and meat rubs, will return for those looking for an alternative to the super sweet. Guests can also sample liquid chocolate with chocolate beers, wines and floats.

Guests will also learn more about the scientific side of chocolate in hands-on demonstrations and workshops with the S.T.E.A.M.punks. Freeze delicious ingredients with liquid nitrogen to create instant ice cream, measure trajectory with marshmallow catapults, and calculate your age in chocolate with a unique formula. Demonstrations will also teach guests how chocolate is created from the bean to the bar, the differences between dark, milk, and white chocolate and even a chocolate-themed couples’ chemistry quiz.

Entrance into The Festival of Chocolate is included with the purchase of MOSI admission (Adults: $22.95; Children 3-12: $18.95). Each adult ticket purchased in advance will receive two dollars in chocolate coins to spend at The Festival of Chocolate. MOSI Members receive discounted pricing to The Festival of Chocolate at only $10 per ticket for adults, and member children 12 and under can attend for free. Members can buy tickets in advance by calling 813-987-6000 or by visiting mosi.org. Nonmember advanced tickets are available at tampa.festivalofchocolate.com.

About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, art and math (S.T.E.A.M.) and is home to the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre, the only IMAX dome theater in the state of Florida. MOSI's core ideology is to make a difference in people's lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds. MOSI gives away more than $3 million in free memberships each year, $250,000 in free tickets annually, and approximately 400 scholarships each year for children to attend MOSI Summer Science Camps. Additionally, MOSI’s education staff works closely with area teachers offering free training and support for area science educators. With a total size of more than 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States. Learn through play inside Kids In Charge! the largest Children’s Science Center in the nation or The Amazing You—a 13,000-square-foot exhibition on health and wellness. Conquer your fears on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course and Zip Line. Budding inventors can engineer anything imaginable and hold it in the palm of their hand in MOSI’s technology playground and inventor’s studio, Idea Zone; and aspiring astronauts can travel to the moon to operate a lunar colony in Mission: Moonbase, funded in part by NASA. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums. For more information on MOSI, visit http://www.mosi.org.

About The Festival of Chocolate
Former Walt Disney World Producer and owner of Indigo Creative Productions, Aileen Mand, partnered with third-generation Chocolatier Edgar Schaked to create The Festival of Chocolate-the ultimate interactive, educational chocolate experience. Marrying her specialty in unique, large-scale public events including Coca Cola’s Olympic City, Political Conventions and Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week with his expertise and outreach in the Chocolate Industry, they have traveled The Festival of Chocolate to Tampa, Orlando, West Palm Beach and are expanding the successful event into other cities.

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