June 23, 2018
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Hundreds throng Greenville for annual chocolate festival

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

GREENVILLE, Maine — People came from as far away as New Jersey for the sinfully decadent chocolate.

More than 350 people waited patiently in line Sunday to sample 35 chocolate creations made by local cooks for the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce’s annual chocolate festival.

“Within the first 45 minutes we had over 200 people,” organizer Susan Hamer said Monday. “There was just wave after wave after wave of people.” Despite the crowd, there was no pushing and shoving in an attempt to be first, and people were happy to sample the delicacies, she said.

A total of 310 adults and 75 children were served at the Chamber’s only fundraising event.

“We made close to $6,500, and last year we made $4,700, so there was a $1,700 increase, which is unbelievable in one year,” Hamer said. “That’s a huge difference for an area like Greenville.”

A silent and Chinese auction featuring items donated by local merchants held during the event raised $2,300 of the total, she said.

Hamer said some participants from Connecticut and New Jersey told organizers they timed their vacations to the region to coincide with the chocolate festival. In Maine, participants came from as far away as Brewer.

The cooks, some Chamber members, donate their time and ingredients to serve as many as 200 people.

Early Sunday morning, Hamer and the festival committee started organizing the samples, which included chocolate cups filled with warm chocolate, chocolate cream puffs and chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. The committee is very careful to keep the nut-free confections separate from the nut-filled confections for those who have allergies, Hamer said.

“It is a very time-intensive fundraiser,” Hamer said.

Hamer’s husband, Robert, the Chamber’s executive director, said Monday he was pleased with the festival’s success since the proceeds are used to market the Moosehead Lake region. “I was amazed at how many people turned out,” he said.



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