By Aaron Dickey, Assistant Copy Editor
Cake, truffles, candy and chocolate, is this Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory? No quite the opposite. Do you wish you could be surrounded by chocolate all the time? This could be the chance you were waiting for. For the second year, UNO is hosting the Great Omaha Chocolate Festival on Sun. Sept 30 from 12-5 p.m. at the UNO Field House.
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), the grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action is hosting this years event. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.
“The 2011 festival drew a crowd of 2,200 chocolate enthusiasts,” festival co-chair Joanie Jacobson said.
With even more vendors and some exciting new events, this year’s festival promises to be even bigger. If big crowds and plenty of chocolate is not enough to go, then how about some of the great prices set up for this event: $5 per adult (age 11 and older) includes five samples, $3 per child ( ages 2-10) includes three samples. There’s no charge for children under two-years-old, and extra samples can be purchased for $1 each. The events they have planned, such as hands-on chocolate activities for kids by The Cordial Cherry, baking demonstrations by culinary students from Iowa Western Community College and a meeting with Dave Wingret from The Big O 101.9 FM Radio Station, will rock the socks off anyone who attends. More than forty vendors will be on site to satiate your appetite for chocolate.
Vendors scheduled to be at The Great Omaha Chocolate Festival include; Jones Bros. Cupcakes, Three Dog Bakery & Spaw, Upstream Brewing Company at Legacy and Velata, Pur Java Coffee, Bakers Candies, who will be unveiling three new flavors from their World Renowned Chocolate Meltaways and many more, so come on down and have a great time eating chocolate and meeting your local chocolatiers.
“There was never a question — we wanted to come back to UNO,” Jacobson said. “The Field house was the perfect venue. UNO professionals were great to work with, and involving the college community was a perk. We welcome UNO students and faculty to The Great Omaha Chocolate Festival. It’s affordable, delicious and fun! “
Proceeds from Sunday’s event will benefit the National Council of Jewish Women’s (NCJW). Upcoming community service projects include Mini-Grants for Teachers, Reading Pups, WCA, Adopt-A-School and RAFT. For more information and to order your tickets in advance go to, OmahaChocolateFestival.com. So come out, eat some great chocolate, have some fun and support a great cause.