Here’s something sweet to celebrate: the return of the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival.

 

Created by the Inner West Street Association (the same team behind the popular First Sunday Arts Festival), the Chocolate Binge Festival takes over the first block of West Street on December 5, in a family-friendly celebration of all things cocoa. This will be the 7th year for the event, which was canceled last year due to Covid.

 

The canopy of lights over West Street at night during the Chocolate Binge Festival
Come for the chocolate and stay for the canopy of lights over West Street!
Image courtesy of Visit Annapolis.

 

The festival brings in 20+ specialty vendors from all over the region, including Baltimore’s Charm City Chocolates, Heritage Chocolates from Leonardtown, DC’s The Capital Candy Jar, and local favorites including Blue Crab Cupcakes, Lisa’s Cake Pops and Annapolis Chocolate Bar. “I enjoy the fact that you can get quality specialty chocolates and small-batch chocolates that are GMO-free,” says Erik Evans, executive director. “It is rare to find a place that offers this wide of a selection of specialty chocolate items.”

 

An assortment of chocolate truffles
Chocolates of all shapes and sizes will be on hand from local and regional chocolatiers and bakeries.
Image courtesy of Downtown Annapolis Partnership.

 

He’s not kidding. You’ll find chocolates in all styles, including truffles, fudge, brownies, barks, and more, packaged to be gifted or unwrapped and eaten onsite. In addition to the chocolatiers, look for live music, wine tasting, kids’ activities, and artisans selling jewelry, crafts and more. The event runs from noon to 5 pm, but “bring your camera to photograph the holiday light canopy after sunset,” advises Evans.

 

Hot cocoa truck in an old airstream trailer at the Chocolate Binge Festival
Everyone's favorite, hot cocoa with the PoPo!
Image courtesy of Visit Annapolis.

 

Tickets are limited, so purchase in advance at annapolischocolatebingefestival.com. The cost is $5 per adult, with children under 12 free is accompanying an adult.