A Craven Chocolate Explosion! is coming to Eastern North Carolina this October!

Do you love Chocolate? If the answer is yes, then the place for you to be this October 11th – 14th is the newly renovated New Bern Riverfront Convention Center in Historic Downtown New Bern for the first annual Craven Chocolate Explosion! for a Premier Chocolate Experience. The event is hosted by The Family History Society of Eastern North Carolina.

The event idea grew out of a love for all things chocolate. It will be a fun, chocolate-filled time with exhibitors, tastings, classes, demonstrations, kids’ activities, costumed characters, door prizes, best-in-show chocolate contests, the Chocolatini Preview Party, and more! An Admission Ticket is $5 and includes five individual tasting tickets to sample the wonderful creations from the exhibitors who will have all kinds of delectable chocolate treats available to sample and to purchase. Children age 12 and under are admitted free and may use their parent’s tasting tickets if they will share them! Additional tasting tickets will be available.

With an Admission Ticket, each Chocoholic will receive a wristband that is good for the day for “in and out privileges” during the Craven Chocolate Explosion event to go and enjoy all the wonderful MumFest activities that will take place during the weekend such as the beautiful SeaFair Mega-Yacht which will be anchored behind the Convention Center.

For the first Craven Chocolate Explosion!, $2 of the $5 Admission Ticket proceeds will be donated to assist the Dolde Family in acquiring a Guardian Angel Service Dog for their two year old daughter Bella, who was recently diagnosed with Type-1 Juvenile Diabetes. Type-1 Diabetics can have sweets in moderation. The trained labrador retriever will be able to detect when Bella’s blood sugar is too low or high and alert her parents. This is especially helpful during the night as she has to be awakened several times to monitor her blood sugar. The trained service dog will allow her to lead a more normal life. To learn more about Bella and this worthwhile cause, please visit our website.

The organization is excited to partner with OurState Magazine and to promote the event with a Craven Chocolate Explosion! Trip Sweepstakes valued at $1,000 which includes three-night accommodations for two at the DoubleTree by Hilton New Bern-Riverfront; gift certificates for The Chelsea, Gary’s Down East Seafood, Morgan’s Tavern & Grill, and the Harvey Mansion restaurants; Craven Chocolate Explosion! Admission Tickets and the Chocolatini Preview Party; a tour for two of SeaFair, a $40 Million, 228 foot mega-yacht, a featured MumFest attraction; an autographed copy of the Craven Chocolate cookbook by Mary Smaw; a Bear Town Bears’ Commemorative Calendar; a Welcome To New Bern Gift Basket from the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, and a beautiful Chocolate Pearl Necklace from Hearne’s Fine Jewelry of New Bern.

To be a Chocolate Volunteer for a few hours during the event, contact Kathie Ballenger Brinkley, Chocolate Volunteer Coordinator, at 252-637-3548 or send an email. To be an Exhibitor, contact David French, Event Co-Director, at 252-349-0405 or send an email. To be a Demonstrator, contact Mary Smaw, Event Co-Director, at 252-349-0405 at or send an email.

The Family History Society of Eastern North Carolina was founded as a North Carolina non-profit in 2010 to promote learning about the rich cultural heritage of all of the Families of Eastern North Carolina from the Early Times to the Present. The group has presented three ENC Family History Fairs, hosted and co-hosted numerous free history programs, produced the Bear Town Bears’ Commemorative Calendar, and is coordinating the development of Heritage Park in downtown New Bern to celebrate the Families of ENC.

The organizers are excited to host the Craven Chocolate Explosion!, A Premier Chocolate Experience, and look forward to seeing you in October as we celebrate all things Chocolate and raise awareness about Type-1 Juvenile Diabetes.

Submitted by: Mary Smaw, Craven Chocolate Explosion!

About New Bern Now
Editor-in-Chief, Wendy Card, founded New Bern Now in April 2009. There were a number of reasons she developed the website. While stationed in Washington DC, she had 30 days to transfer to Naval Hospital Cherry Point and didn’t know much about the area. She was frustrated because there wasn’t a central location on the Internet for information about New Bern. Wendy retired from the Navy in Oct 2007. When our economy dived, she was trying to find her way in life and decided to give back to the community by creating a website that provided a “One Stop, Information Shop” to help people find out what’s happening in our community along with creating a free business listing to help business owners who couldn’t afford to advertise.

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