Long Grove Chocolate Fest – Back for a Bite in 2021


The sweetest festival of the year is back! It’s so good you might think you are in heaven! There is live music, exquisite cuisine, and unbelievable amounts of CHOCOLATE. It’s the For the Love of Chocolate: Long Grove’s Bite-Size Celebration. This May 14-16, families can once again enjoy the excitement of a big city festival in historic downtown Long Grove without the travel headaches of leaving Lake County. Keep reading to learn about the changes and safety precautions put in place for this year’s festival.

Long Grove Chocolate Fest 2021 – A Bite-Sized Celebration

I always eat way too many chocolate-covered strawberries (my favorite!), and last year I branched out and tried chocolate-covered bacon. It didn’t make my list of favorites, but it was fun to try something new. I’m excited to see what’s on the menu this year. This year’s fest will be a little different in order to gather safely, but one thing will remain unchanged ALL THE CHOCOLATE!

The 2021 Bite-Sized Chocolate Fest will include chocolate demos, classes, presentations, experiences, vendors, chocolatiers, and live music. Visitors will learn about the history of chocolate, how it’s grown, sourced, and made. You will also learn how to taste craft chocolate correctly so you can tell your friends you are a professionally trained chocolate taster.

Chocolate Fest, Long Grove
Photo Source Long Grove Chocolate Fest Facebook page

This year’s festival will include a Chocolate Expo Tent, Chocolate Experience Tent, and Chocolate Row of vendors that will feature chocolate makers, chocolatiers, cacao producers, and related vendors selling and sampling their wares while chatting with attendees.

If you are going to Long Grove Chocolate Fest 2021 Bite-Sized Celebration, here are some insider tips:

  1. The 2021 event will require Mandatory Registration. Tickets will be available soon on the Long Grove Festivals website.
  2. Get there early in the day for the free street parking, which is also closest to the festival grounds.
  3. Some sidewalks are brick and a bit bumpy, so if you have little ones in strollers, bring a sturdy one. NOTE: There are no kids activities or entertainers announced on the festival page at the time of publishing.
  4. Vendors will line Robert Parker Coffin Road, which will be closed to traffic. Social distancing will be enforced between tents.
  5. Live music will be scattered throughout historic downtown Long Grove. The main stage will be on Chocolate Row, and the nearby Brother’s Field will become to various entertainers daily.
  6. And last, but certainly not least, bring your camera! There is nowhere else in Lake County with a more beautiful collection of tulips.  There are also old buildings,  fences, stairs, and a covered bridge that make for fantastic photo ops.
Chocolate Fest, Long Grove
Photo Source Long Grove Chocolate Fest Facebook page

Connect with Long Grove to find out more about Chocolate Fest and their other fun festivals, too. Be sure to check out the Long Grove Chocolate Festival Facebook page for an up-to-date listing of entertainment and food vendors.

Long Grove Chocolate Fest 2021 – A Bite-Sized Celebration
Friday, May 14, 5-7:00 p.m. “VIP Chocolate Night”
Saturday, May 15, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Advance Tickets are required, on sale soon!

What’s your favorite chocolate treat to sample at Long Grove Chocolate Fest? Tell us in the comments section below.

Long Grove Chocolate Fest - Back for a Bite in 2021
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