(Chocolate) Showtime !

I announced the exciting sweet news back in November of last year, when I began working with the Salon du Chocolat team in Paris to bring the world’s largest event dedicated to chocolate to Switzerland for the first time.  And now, the big moment is nearly upon us !  Chocolatiers, pastry chefs and industry professionals are all fine tuning the details of their chocolate assortments, boxes, bunnies, recipes, conferences and more.  And as promised, a little preview of who and what you’ll see at the show this coming weekend, from March 30th to April 1st.

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Chocolate players, big and small, from the German speaking part of Switzerland will be there, including Läderach, Akesson’s, Idilio Origins and Beschle; as well as a handful from Romandie, from Philippe Pascoët and Du Rhône Chocolatier, to Villars, Camille Bloch and Maison Cailler.

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Zürich locals will be happy to see their favorite Luxemburgerli from Confiserie Sprüngli and the new line of chocolate bars from Confiserie Honold.  Some of the city’s smaller and newer shops will also be hopping over to the Messe in Oerlikon to give you a taste – Les Gourmandises de Miyuko and La Boîte à Nougat, to name just a few.  Then there’s Müller Chocolatier from Schaffhausen (that we’re lucky enough to have here at Zürich’s Sihlcity), Nobile Cioccolato launching their new packaging, and Merz, who I am sure will be bringing a few of his signature Nusstorten from Chur. And the list goes on…

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If you’ve been to the Salon du Chocolat in Paris, you’ll recognize a few French chocolatiers as well, who will be joining us for a Swiss début.  Don’t miss Maison Boissier’s beautiful blue packaging and Christophe Roussel’s explosion of bright colors – sure to be both on the walls and the macarons.  And speaking of the latter, 150 year old Ladurée will be there with new macaron flavors, “Made in Switzerland” in the new factory in Gruyère that opened earlier this year.

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Thursday night, March 29th is the long-awaited inaugural soirée, the big opening reserved for the press and all participants of the show.  Don’t worry about missing this event and its highlight – an actual chocolate fashion show (!), as all of the chocolate dresses will be on display during the show for you to see.  There will also be chocolate sculptures by Philip Moser of XocoPhil and Urs Regli of Culinary Food Art. As well as live chocolate sculpting all weekend long by special guest chocolatier and Meilleur Ouvrier de France, Joël-Pierre Chatagnon, who will be carving his huge blocks of chocolate for all to see (that’s him above, middle right).

And there’s still so much more for you to discover at the show itself ! But one more sweet preview that I am especially excited about: the two event spaces, Chocodémo and Chocosphère, that I filled with fascinating people to share their crafts directly with you – chocolatiers and pastry chefs making recipes before your eyes and for your bellies; and experts sharing their knowledge for you to listen, learn and taste. (Check out the hourly schedules of recipes and seminars; no registering necessary.)  More than plenty for all the senses, for all ages and all taste buds !

I can’t wait to read about your visits to the show and hear what you thought !  So, who will I see at the Salon with chocolate-stained fingers ?  Be sure to say HELLO !

Salon du Chocolat in Zürich

Messe Zürich, Hall 3
Wallisellenstrasse 49, Oerlikon
Friday, March 30th to Sunday, April 1st
Friday: 10am to 8pm, Saturday: 10am to 7pm, Sunday: 10am to 6pm
Adults: CHF 15, children (6 to 12 years old): CHF 8, children under 6: free

33 Responses to “(Chocolate) Showtime !”

  1. Rosa says:

    So exciting! I wish I could go…



  2. Sarah says:

    Great Post – Great Pictures as ALWAYS!

    If I want to visit one of the Seminar’s – do I need to register?

    already looking forward to this sweet event next weekend!

  3. Emma says:

    Was thinking about you recently and all your preparations for this. I wish you the best, break a chocolate-y leg !

  4. Kerrin says:

    Rosa, wish you could too ! Next year…

    Sarah, thanks so much ! And excellent question. (I’ll add a word above in the post, thanks !). Nope, no registering necessary. Entry to the show gives you full access to everything, including all demos and conferences (room capacity the only factor). Hope you enjoy !

    Emma, thaaaaaanks ! =)

  5. Stéphanie says:

    I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time, meet non the less wonderful people, my thoughts will fly to Zurich every now and then next week 😉

  6. Yael says:

    Love your post! Great pictures, great fun!!

  7. kelleyn says:

    I am drooling!

  8. Silvia says:

    Oh yes, I wrote it in my diary!
    I’m totally looking forward to that.

  9. mayssam @ Will Travel for Food says:

    So wish I could be there!! Sounds like such a delicious salon!

  10. Kerrin says:

    Stéphanie, merciiii ma belle ! 🙂

    Yael, thanks so much, hope you’ll be able to make it to the show !

    kelleyn, haha !

    Silvia, fantastic ! Hope I get the chance to meet you there.

    mayssam, mais oui, ça aurait été génial de t’avoir au Salon ! Mais pas de souci, l’année prochaine alors ?!

  11. Sam Sidney says:

    I can’t believe it is already here! Wish I could be there.
    As we say at Passover, next year in Zurich!

    So proud of you Kerr Berr!
    Love you… all the best.
    I knew 2012 was going to be your year!


  12. Birgit says:

    Congrats! I have this on my agenda for quite a while now. Looking forward to visit! The list of exhibitors sounds promising! The program as well…

  13. Yeye says:

    Hello Kugelhopf! This is so exciting that you are actually involved and organizing the Salon du Chocolat in Zurich. I’ll definitely be there, and really can’t wait to see the salon, and maybe see you as well. I think I’ll have troubles this week to fall asleep due to over-excitement!

  14. Kerrin says:

    Sam, HAHA, next year in Zürich – classic ! Thank you so so so much, and yay to 2012 ! xo back atcha.

    Birgit, thank you ! So glad you’ve had the show on your radar. Hope you enjoy !

    Yeye, an exciting event to be a part of indeed. Thank you ! You better rest up for the show though ! 😉

  15. valentina says:

    Oh Kerrin, so jealous!!; o ) I can’t wait to read about the event later on. I cannot even imagine what an event like this is like. I guess I’ll have to check for myself. MAybe next year. Hugs and to a very successful Salon!!!

  16. KugelDad says:

    Emma is too funny – break a chocolate-y leg 🙂 Luvit! The exciting program and exhibition aside, your photography alone makes me want to revisit the show. Mom and I loved the Salon du Chocolat in New York, by far the most fattening exhibition I’ve ever attended. Seeing the all-chocolate fashions alone is worth it. But all those tastings…… Lots of good luck honey. And as Sam said, hopefully, next year in Zurich. We’re all so proud of our KugelKerrin.

  17. Kimberly Krueger says:

    Hi Kerrin! I’m looking forward to seeing it all! Any chance to find you at a particular spot? Or just all over? Hope to see you there!

  18. mom says:

    Wishing you and the Salon du Chocolat a wonderful and successful show! Yes, I do remember my first Salon du Chocolat in Paris. This was an extraordinary fun filled show that expanded my waistline. I just know that with with you being part of this talented team the show will be a huge success. All that will have missed it this year it will be on their list for next. Wishing you great success….lots of chocolate kisses coming your way!

  19. Kerrin says:

    valentina, oh you would love an event like this ! Hopefully you’ll be able to visit the Salon here next year… or hey, why not check out the one in Bahia in July – the first Salon du Chocolat in Brazil (in preparation right now) !

    KugelDad, what can I say ? [grinning]

    Kimberly, yay, so glad you’ll be there. Hmm, excellent question. Where will I be ? Probably all over the place, as you said. 😉 At the Chocodémo and Chocosphère areas or at the press desk perhaps. Hope to see you !

    mom, three times a charm ! Paris, New York,… next stop, Zürich !

  20. Kiki says:

    oh Kerrin; NOW you’re talking!!! Thought of you lately and wondered how things were shaping along – and look, you did it!!! Good girl 😉
    I so wish I could pop over and come – we’re nearly there and you must be so totally excited!
    But as so many others said it before: Maybe next year?! I think I might be able to find an excuse a reason to plan a visit to my home town in March 2013?!
    Hurry, girl, break that choco-leg as Emma said and take some French choc(olate) kisses with you from your salivating
    Kiki 🙂

  21. Kiki says:

    the words ‘an excuse’ should have been ‘striked through’…. maybe didn’t find the right code, sorry

  22. Emma says:

    Praise from the KugelDad!! Thanks sir 🙂

  23. Dimitri says:

    Chocolate galore! I cannot wait to get me eyes (and hands) on some of it!

    Meanwhile, answer the daily question on our Facebook page and win a pair of tickets to the Salon du Chocolat! Five lucky winners will be announced Wednesday night…

  24. Kerrin says:

    Kiki, March 2013, you’ve got yourself a sweet rdv here in Züri ! Thanks so much for the positive words, totally excited indeed !

    Emma, everyone has been loving your “chocolate-y leg” comment ! 🙂

    Dimitri, fun questions/polls on your Facebook page ! Can’t wait to see who those lucky winners will be… See you at the Salon !

  25. Ilana says:

    unbelievable work you’re doing! you should be so proud! (i am!) and new flavors from la duree?!?! i’m getting on a plane now! 😉

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  27. Thanh @ eat, little bird says:

    Hi Kerrin! What a wonderful job you did!! We went to the event yesterday and absolutely loved it! I liked that the event was not too big, not too small, not too crowded. The selection of stalls on offer was just excellent and we walked away with quite a few shopping bags of exquisite chocolates! I really hope the event will return to Zurich next year 🙂

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  29. amanda says:

    Hi, Kerrin! Just wanted to stop by and congratulate you on a job well done! Too bad I couldn’t be there to see to partake in all the chocolate-y fun!

  30. Lemon says:

    How exciting you work with the salon du chocolat de Paris! And how fascinating you helped to bring it to Zurich. I’m sure it was an amazing event. I love your photos.

  31. Jenni. says:

    Looks great, I also went to the Salon du Chocolat and saw the Chocolate Masters in Paris at the end of last year! Great photos!

  32. bao-kim says:

    Dear Kerrin,

    Congratulations on your success with bringing Salon Du Chocolat to Zurich!!! I learned about the Salon du Chocolat from reading your blog several years ago. My husband and I did get a chance to go in 2011, what a wonderful experience. We are planning to go again this year to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I really want to purchase the tickets with the Salon du Chocolat prints and with colors so I can put it our scrap book for souvenirs. The tickets we bought in 2011 were plain ugly black/white receipt type. Could you please advise me on how or where I could buy the prettier tickets? I tried contacting the Salon, but I was forwarded to the ticket office and they say their office do not offer any colored tickets and for me to contact the organizer. I dont know where else to turn, then I remembered “YOU”. Please, please help guide to the right channels so I can get the “nicer” tickets for our album. It would mean so much because it would be for our 30th wedding anniversary.

    Thank you so much Kerrin, I look forward to hear your advice,


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