FOCHey everyone.  Travis back with a reminder about the Festival of Chocolate, being held at MOSI Jan. 15-17, and it's also Florida’s Largest All-Chocolate Shopping, Educational and Interactive Experience.  Here's the "scoop" -

MOSI will host Tampa’s first-ever Festival of Chocolate, Saturday, January 15 until Monday, January 17.  The Festival of Chocolate is Florida’s largest all-chocolate themed event! 

The event features the area's best chocolate and confection companies selling tastes and treats of everything chocolate from truffles, cakes and cupcakes to cookies, brownies and ice creams.  There will even be chocolate body products! For the littlest chocoholics, Kids-4-Chocolate is the perfect place for kids to create edible masterpieces and learn about the journey that the cacao bean takes from the bean into their favorite chocolate bar.

Award-winning pastry chefs and chocolatiers will host interactive demonstrations, sharing techniques and tricks of the trade, and a live chocolate showpiece competition will give breathtaking artistic sculptures a tasty twist. 
Guests will have their chance to vote on the best cake creation in Tampa and learn some chocolate-ology while taking a one-of-a-kind tour through a unique chocolate-themed museum.  Guests will also be amazed by the science of chocolate and have a chance to try their luck and chocolate knowledge in Brownie Bingo...just don't eat the playing pieces! 

Entrance into The Festival of Chocolate is complementary with your MOSI admission. Each adult advance purchase ticket will receive three dollars in chocolate coins to spend in The Festival of Chocolate. MOSI Members receive discounted entry pricing at only $10 a ticket and member children can attend for FREE. 

It's taking place Saturday, January 15 – Monday, January 17, 2011 (9am–6pm on Saturday and Sunday; 9am–5pm on Monday).  For more information, call (813) 987-6000 or visit

And get ready to enjoy some chocolate!  Stay tuned here for more updates about this and other great Tampa Bay area events and other great things to do in Tampa Bay.