ROCK SPRINGS – The committee charged with organizing the Rock Springs Main Street/URA’s traditional chocolate festival will be shaking things up a bit in 2014. The event, renamed the Downtown Rock Springs Chocolate Lovers’ Stroll, is set for Saturday, March 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets will be available starting February 3 and are $15 each. Tickets are available at the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce, Rock Springs Main Street office and online. The event has sold out in the past so those wish to attend are encouraged to get tickets early.
According to event organizers, this year’s event will be held at over ten participating downtown merchants with the delicious chocolate samples found in each location. Chocolate strollers will have the opportunity to visit each merchant along the stop, sample some scrumptious dessert offerings and get to know downtown just a little better.
Wendy Koritnik is the chairperson of this year’s stroll and said that even though the format is changing, budding bakers are still encouraged to enter their creations. “Chocolate desserts from area bakers are the heart of the event, and that will remain the same,” Koritnik added.
There are seven categories this year, Best Brownie, Best Cake, Best Chocolate/Candy, Best Cookie, Sugar Free, Best Everything Else, and People’s Choice. A new category, Sugar Free Desserts, was added this year to accommodate those with dietary issues.
Entries are being accepted now and are due by March 4. Entry forms are available at the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce and Rock Springs Main Street/URA office. Once the Main Street program launches their website (mid-February), forms will also be available online as well. This year’s Chocolate Stroll will feature a Mardi-Gras theme so bakers are encouraged to incorporate the theme in their creations and strollers are encourage to dress the part with beads and masks.
Desserts will be judged by a team of regional judges based on taste, texture, presentation and creative use of chocolate. Presentation judging will be based on the dessert supplied for sampling. Baker’s are also encouraged to be creative in how their desserts are presented to the public.
Helpful hints for those wishing to enter:
- Each entry is required to have a minimum of 150 bite-sized samples to be included in the judging. (For example, in the cake category, we suggest preparing a sheet cake version for the dessert sampling.)
- In the cookie and brownie categories, one regular sized cookie can be divided to provide four individual samples.
- For comparison, samples should be no larger than a ping-pong ball and no smaller than a sugar cube.
- Remember, the more samples you provide, the better your chance is of being the People’s Choice Award winner.
- Desserts that require refrigeration or that contain raw eggs cannot be accepted.
Koritnik added that they are looking for new people to help organize the event and anyone interested can contact the Main Street/URA office at 307-352-1434 or attend the next meeting, January 23 at 5:00 p.m. at the Rock Springs Depot (501 S Main Street).