Have an affair with chocolate

Sara Van Cleve
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Sweethearts and chocolate lovers alike will engage in a delicious affair Saturday, Feb. 9.

The Arvada Festivals Commission and the Historic Olde Town Arvada Association are hosting the 12 th annual Arvada Chocolate Affair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. This year’s theme is “Romancing the Chocolate.”

“It used to be where merchants gave chocolates to patrons,” said Brenda Berg, administrative and special events coordinator for the city of Arvada. “Now it’s evolved into a festival of chocolate fun and they give out samplings.”

The event features a chocolate tasting, a treasure hunt, a chocolate cookie contest, free children’s entertainment and a raffle to benefit Ralston House.

Tickets for the chocolate tasting are $5 for six taste tickets and will be sold on-site at the tasting locations, DiCicco’s, 5660 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., and Bread Winners Catering, 7311 Grandview Ave.

Half of the proceeds raised through tasting tickets will go to HOTA and the other half to Ralston House, a child advocacy and resource center for children who have been abused. Last year’s event raised more than $2,000 for the organization.

The Chocolate Treasure Hunt leads teams of participants around Olde Town searching for chocolate clues at various merchants in an effort to win a chocolate gift basket. The treasure hunt is from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Chocolate Cookie Contest gives bakers of all ages a chance to show off their cookie-making prowess.

Participants bring their pre-made cookies to the contest where judges, including District 1 City Councilwoman Rachel Zenzinger, will choose first, second and third place winners for best decorated cookie and best chocolate chip cookie in several age categories.

For information on how to enter, call 303-898-7400.

The Ralston House will also be on hand to host a raffle for a custom-made doll house modeled after the Ralston House. All proceeds from the raffle go to Ralston House.

“You can taste all different kinds of chocolate and support a great nonprofit,” Berg said. “And buy some sweets for your sweetheart.”

Residents can also buy a heart for their loved one.

HOTA will create a big red heart with a message or name for your loved one and then display the hearts around Olde Town. Hearts are $25 each.

“The heart component and Valentine’s Day provides a different ambiance for the indoor and outdoor event,” said Arvada Communications Manager Wendy Forbes.

For more information about A Chocolate Affair, or to purchase a heart, visit www.HistoricArvada.org, call 303-420-6100 or visits Paw `n’ Play, 7403 Grandview Ave.