A Craven Chocolate Explosion is Happening in North Carolina this October to Raise Funds for "A Dog For Bella" and to Increase Awareness about Type-1 Juvenile Diabetes

Calling all Chocoholics. The first annual Craven Chocolate Explosion, A Premier Chocolate Experience, will celebrate all things chocolate, raise funds for "A Dog For Bella", and increase awareness about Type-1 Juvenile Diabetes this October 11th - 14th. Hosting the event, in historic downtown New Bern, North Carolina during MumFest weekend, is The Family History Society of Eastern North Carolina. To learn more about this fun, chocolate-filled event, visit CravenChocolateExplosion.org

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Enjoy a fun, chocolate-filled time, raise funds for "A Dog For Bella", and increase awareness about Type-1 Juvenile Diabetes in historic, downtown New Bern, North Carolina during MumFest weekend.

Craven Chocolate Explosion! Official Poster

Enjoy Delicious Chocolate, Have Fun, and Support a Worthwhile Cause!

New Bern, NC (PRWEB) September 04, 2012

Do you love Chocolate? If the answer is yes, then the place for you to be this October 11th - 14th is the newly renovated New Bern Riverfront Convention Center in historic downtown New Bern during MumFest weekend for the first annual Craven Chocolate Explosion, A Premier Chocolate Experience. The event is hosted by The Family History Society of Eastern North Carolina during Craven County's 300th Anniversary Year.

The idea grew out of a love for all things chocolate. It will be a fun, chocolate-filled event with exhibitors, tastings, classes, demonstrations, kids’ activities, costumed characters, door prizes, best-in-show chocolate contests, the Chocolatini Preview Party, and more.

A Craven Chocolate Explosion Admission Ticket is $5 and includes five individual tasting tickets to sample the wonderful creations from the exhibitors who will have all kinds of delicious chocolate treats available for sampling and for purchase. Children age 12 and under are admitted free and may use their parent's tasting tickets, if they will share them. Additional tasting tickets will be available for purchase inside the ballroom.

With a Craven Chocolate Explosion Admission Ticket, each Chocoholic will receive a wristband that is good for the day for “in and out privileges” during the Craven Chocolate Explosion event so they may go and enjoy the many wonderful MumFest activities that will take place during the weekend. A special MumFest attraction is the beautiful SeaFair Mega-Yacht which will be anchored behind the Convention Center that will feature an array of fine art "from both established and emerging artists" and will be open for paid ticketed tours. MumFest "is enjoyed by more than 80,000 festival-goers every fall.”

For the first Craven Chocolate Explosion, $2 of the $5 Admission Ticket proceeds will be donated, to assist the Dolde Family of Farmville in Pitt County, North Carolina, in acquiring a Guardian Angel Service Dog for their two year old daughter Bella, who was recently diagnosed with Type-1 Juvenile Diabetes.

Type-1 Diabetics may have sweets in moderation. The trained Labrador Retriever will be able to detect when Bella's blood sugar is too low or high and alert her parents. This is especially helpful during the night as she has to be awakened several times to monitor her blood sugar. The trained service dog will allow her to lead a more normal life. To learn more about Bella and this worthwhile cause, please visit A Dog For Bella page on our website.

The organization is excited to partner with the award-winning "Our State" Magazine and OurState.com to promote the event with a Craven Chocolate Explosion Trip Sweepstakes valued at $1,000 which includes:

  • Admission Tickets for two for the Craven Chocolate Explosion and the Chocolatini Preview Party;
  • Three-night accommodations for two at the DoubleTree by Hilton New Bern-Riverfront;
  • Gift certificates for The Chelsea, Gary's Down East Seafood, Morgan's Tavern & Grill, and the Harvey Mansion restaurants;
  • A tour for two of SeaFair, a $40 Million, 228 foot mega-yacht, a special MumFest attraction;
  • An autographed copy of the "Craven Chocolate" Cookbook compiled by Mary Smaw;
  • A Bear Town Bears' Commemorative Calendar;
  • A Welcome To New Bern-Craven County Gift Basket from the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, and
  • A beautiful Chocolate Pearl Necklace from Hearne's Fine Jewelry of New Bern.

Please visit CravenChocolateExplosion.org for more information about the event including being a Volunteer, an Exhibitor, or a Demonstrator.

The Family History Society of Eastern North Carolina was founded as a North Carolina non-profit in 2010 to promote learning about the rich cultural heritage of all of the Families of Eastern North Carolina from the Early Times to the Present. The group has presented three ENC Family History Fairs, hosted and co-hosted numerous free history programs, produced the Bear Town Bears’ Commemorative Calendar, and is co-ordinating the development of Heritage Park in downtown New Bern to celebrate the Families of ENC. Learn more about the group at ENCFamilies.org.

The organizers are delighted to host the Craven Chocolate Explosion, A Premier Chocolate Experience, and look forward to seeing everyone this October as we celebrate all things Chocolate, raise funds for "A Dog For Bella", and increase awareness about Type-1 Juvenile Diabetes.


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Enjoy Chocolate, Raise Funds for "A Dog For Bella", and Increase Awareness about Type-1 Juvenile Diabetes. "A Dog For Bella" • "Until There's A Cure. There's A Dog."

Learn More About Bella and this Worthwhile Cause.


Win fabulous chocolate prizes, accommodations, restaurant gift certificates, a Chocolate Pearl Necklace, a Craven Chocolate cookbook, and More! Enter the OurState.com Craven Chocolate Explosion Trip Sweepstakes.

Win fabulous chocolate prizes, accommodations, restaurant gift certificates, a Chocolate Pearl Necklace, a Craven Chocolate cookbook, and More!


In its second printing, the "Craven Chocolate" Cookbook has over 300, Delicious, Chocolate Recipes.  Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and are given in loving memory of Mrs. Grace Dalrymple who loved Chocolate. "Craven Chocolate" Cookbook compiled by Mary Smaw • Order your copy via our website.

In its second printing, the "Craven Chocolate" Cookbook has over 300, Delicious, Chocolate Recipes. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and are given in loving memory of Mrs. Grace Dalrymple who loved Chocolate.