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Chocolate lovers, indulge and make wishes come true

February 5th, 2012 11:21 pm by staff report

Chocolate lovers can indulge in a variety of delicious chocolate desserts and benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee during Chocolate Festival 2012, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, at MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center.

The event will be held in conjunction with the WKPT Radio/Holston Valley Broadcasting 50 Plus Expo. Courtesy of WKPT, Chocolate Festival ticket holders can enter the 50 Plus Expo for free.

Chocolate Festival will offer bite-size samples of chocolate desserts from more than 25 local restaurants and businesses. Featured will be lava cakes from Domino’s; chocolate-covered strawberries and gourmet caramel apples from Amanda Hope — Grann’s Gourmet Apples; ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries, L.P. and Marble Slab; chocolate salsa and chips from Salsarita’s; doughnuts from Krispy Kreme; and hot fudge ice cream cake from Shoney’s.

Attendees to Chocolate Festival also can shop at the silent auction for an array of gifts including rounds of golf with green fees, carts and lunches at the Johnson City Country Club; two nights’ stay in the deluxe jacuzzi suite at Comfort Suites; and a “Night of Indulgence” from the Carnegie Hotel, which includes a night’s stay, couples’ massage and dinner at Wellington’s.

Other silent auction items include designer handbags and sunglasses, gift baskets and gift certificates from festival exhibitors and other businesses and restaurants.

Tickets are $15 in advance and may be purchased online at, or at First Tennessee Bank locations, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, Kingsport Town Center, Salsarita’s in Kingsport, Sam's Club Optical Department in Johnson City and Shoney's in Johnson City, Kingsport or Bristol. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $20.

All proceeds from the ticket sales and silent auction will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 65 chapters in the United States and its territories.

With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 188,000 wishes in the United States since its inception.

For more information about Chocolate Festival 2012 and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, call Wendy Belanger at 989-9474 or visit

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