The perfect event for dessert lovers and Valentine’s Day celebrators, the 9th Annual Tampa Bay Chocolate Festival returns to the Egypt Shriners at 5017 E Washington St., just north of the Hillsborough River near the Dixie neighborhood Farms, Saturday, February 12. .
There will be a variety of food trucks participating in this event – dessert vendors like Hampton Chocolate Factory, Mini Mouthful Donuts and Mad Beach Chocolates will be displayed alongside savory eateries like Masarap Bowls Filipino Food Truck, Jimmy Bodean’s BBQ, Tacos Y El Indio and Hott Mess snacks. There will also be a variety of frozen treats and drinks to choose from, with food trucks specializing in both.
The entire festival runs from 1pm to 9pm, and admission and parking are free.
It will be interesting to see how non-dessert food trucks incorporate chocolate into their menus — it’s a requirement of the Tampa Bay Chocolate Festival that all food vendors stick to a chocolate theme. All savory trucks will serve items from their regular menu, but will feature at least one exclusive chocolate-based creation.
Non-food vendors include Mural Me Studio Plus, Florida Cannabis Supply’s “Toke Trailer” (definitely a good idea at a chocolate festival), Jill’s Custom Candles & Soap, and Tampa Candle Co., among others.
For the full list of Tampa Bay Chocolate Festival vendors, check out @generationentertainmentflorida on Facebook.
And according to this event page, there will also be live entertainment at the festival, although there are no specific lineup details. Be sure to remember where you parked your car, as this event is expected to attract over 5,000 attendees.
Generation Entertainment Florida, the organizers of next weekend’s event, hosted a variety of different foodie events across the bay, including Tampa’s Food Truck Rally, Taste of Asia Fest 2021, and Tampa Bay Grilled Cheese & Brews Fest.