National Chocolate Week

Multi award winning Chocolatier Julia Wenlock is preparing for a busy week by hosting a number of events as part of National Chocolate Week which begins on 14 October.

Julia will be launching Chocolate Week by holding her second Pop Up Chocolate Cafe at Alfie and Billy’s on Wyle Cop on Sunday 13th October from 11am till 3pm. The last Pop Up Cafe raised over £600 for local charity Shropshire RCC Carers Appeal.

“The last pop up cafe was really popular, lots of new and old customers supported the event and enjoyed a delicious array of cakes, puddings and pastries. I am really looking forward to holding the next event” explained Julia.

Julia will also be hosting a special screening of Chocolat to be shown at the Lion Hotel on Thursday 17 October. Ticket holders will be welcomed by a selection of delicious chocolates to sample as well as being able to buy delicious chocolates and popcorn to watch the film with. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Julia’s shop in Shrewsbury’s Indoor Market as well as online.

Chocolate Week will come to an end with Julia representing Shropshire at the Salon du Chocolat exhibition at London’s Olympia. The event will see a selection of the World’s best Chocolatiers previewing their products to the general public.

“I’m extremely excited to be having a stand at Olympia, it’s the first time Salon du Chocolat has taken place in the UK and it is highly regarded as one of the best Chocolate exhibitions to be held around the world” said Julia.

Julia will be speaking in the Tasting Theatre on Sunday at 11am, and giving daily children’s workshops at the exhibition. Julia who received a nomination from the European Semi Finals of the International Chocolate Awards in April will find out the results of the finals at Olympia

Julia has teamed up with local fashion designer Hannah Wilkins Webb to create a chocolate dress to take part at the Gala of Salon du Chocolat on Friday 19th. The fashion show incorporates material and chocolate to create stunning one off piece, it is one of the highlights of the event and dresses go on display for the rest of the weekend.

“I have seen many pictures and videos from previous Salon exhibitions, the dresses always look stunning and it just shows how versatile chocolate can be. I have really enjoyed working with Hannah, who has created a stunning Steam Punk design which will be adorned with chocolate cogs, cameo’s, keys, locks and watches made by me for the fashion show.”


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