"Building our Community Through the Arts"

In Love & Chocolate…

If You Love Chocolate

Then We Have The Event For You

In Love & Chocolate: A Fundraiser for Spooner House and the Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund is taking place on Sunday, February 8 from 1:00-4:00pm. For $25 per person or $40 per couple, patrons will be able to sample chocolate creations from the best of Connecticut’s confectioners, sip on champagne, listen to live music and more. It’s a chocolate tasting party like you’ve never seen!  It’s all to benefit two great causes.  Tickets are available online!

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What’s going on here?

In Love And Chocolate is an annual fundraising event held by The Mary A Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund and Spooner House. It is a chocolate fiesta just in time for Valentine’s Day!

How does it work?

Patrons pay an entry fee to attend, and may browse and sample freely from all the chocolate delicacies offered by our many exhibitors. Restaurants, candy companies, pastry shops and bakeries are just a few examples of the various types of exhibitors we will have at the event. There is a champagne toast for attendees over the age of 21, live music, and refreshments to round out the afternoon.

Can I purchase chocolate items at the event?

No, but you may take as many free samples as you can eat! We do not allow our exhibitors to sell their wares at the event. However you may make reservations or get promotional materials so that you may patronize any of our exhibitors’ businesses after the event. It’s a great way to get ideas for Valentine’s day!

Where do the proceeds go?

The funds raised will be split evenly between Spooner House (a local charity that supports families and individuals in distress) and The MAS Turtle Shell Fund (Furthering creative arts education throughout our community). Both are federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.

Is there convenient parking?

We will have plenty of parking available both at the hotel and across the street with shuttles to bring you to and from your car.

Who will be there?

The list of exhibitors and sponsors who will be at In Love and Chocolate is available on our Exhibitors page

How can I become an exhibitor?

Click this link to download a PDF version of our exhibitor application. Instructions are on the form.

I have food allergies! Can you provide me with samples that don’t have nuts/soy/gluten/etc?

Unfortunately due to the wide variety of chocolate “stuff” we will have at our event we cannot guarantee that any of our exhibitors’ offerings will be allergen-free. We encourage you to inquire with exhibitors as to the contents of any of their chocolate samples.