If you’ve made a resolution to cut back on the calories, then you might not want to visit Harvard Square on Jan. 24-26. The Cambridge neighborhood's annual Chocolate Festival is taking the square by storm. But for those who care to indulge, here’s your chance to savor chocolate-inspired appetizers, entrees, desserts, and cocktails at many of the local restaurants and shops, and enjoy special discounts on chocolate-related goods.
Head to Deguglielmo Plaza (27 Brattle St.) on Jan. 25 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. for the Harvard Square chocolate sampling event. Chocolate samples will be available for tasting, while the Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band entertains the crowd. Samples will be distributed by Ben & Jerry’s, BoConcept, Evelyn and Angels, Finale, First Printer, Gopinion, Inc., Hidden Sweets, J.P. Licks, Legal Sea Foods, Lizzy's Ice Cream, Shake Shack, The Sinclair, Sweet, and Toscano.
Other participating restaurants and shops will offer special discounts or menu items (including hot chocolate and cocktails) throughout the festival weekend. And if you visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History, consider viewing the glass flower gallery to see hand-crafted glass models of cacao, along with other edible items like cashew nuts, mango, pineapple, and other plants.
If you’d like to learn more about the Harvard Square Chocolate Festival, visit www.harvardsquare.com.
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