Date: 
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 11:45

The Eden Project will be celebrating all things chocolaty this Easter for its Chocolate Unwrapped festival, which takes place between Saturday April 5 and Monday April 21.

The event will give visitors the opportunity to make a bespoke chocolate bar, see an exhibition of the history of chocolate since it was brought to Europe by the Spanish conquistadors in the 17th century and meet a variety of chocolate experts, including Martin Chiffers, master chocolatier and former chef at London’s exclusive Savoy hotel. More names will be confirmed soon.

There will also be the chance to take part in the Chocolate Trading Game, a journey through the Rainforest Biome – where Eden’s own crop of cocoa plants grows - to unwrap the history of this “food of the gods”. They can meet historical characters from around the world and learn how important chocolate has been to people over the ages.

There will also be a wide variety of chocolate treats available to buy in the Eden shop to take home.

Kate Francis, Eden’s Production Coordinator, said: “Easter is probably the most chocolaty time of the year and our Chocolate Unwrapped festival celebrates this fascinating, wonderful food.

“As well as inspiring visitors to use chocolate creatively in their cooking and showing them how cocoa plants grow in the Rainforest Biome, we also aim to show people the fascinating history it has. From the conquistadors to chocolate eggs, Chocolate Unwrapped will tell the story of our nation’s favourite sweet treat.”

All Chocolate Unwrapped activities are included in the Eden Project admission price, with the exception of the chocolate bar making workshops which cost 50p per bar. For more information, see www.edenproject.com.