The Not-So-Chocolate Festival

I am sitting at home, with my breakfast in front of me.  It’s my inspiration for today’s post, actually.  Chocolate coffee in my brown mug that has “chocolate” spelled on the front of it (a gift from my niece) and four fudge stripe cookies.  True story.  Not a breakfast of champions by any means but if I’m going to tell you about the Chocolate Festival, I need chocolate.  Excuse me, this cookie needs eating.

*nomnomnom*

So my gal Abby had this great idea (not being facetious, it really is a great idea) to try to see more of our home state this year.  She’s researched wineries and town festivals and bourbon tours – all things that are easy on the pocketbook and within two hours of Louisville.  Like I said, a great idea.  So when she mentioned a day trip with the ladies and chocolate in the same sentence, I was game.  A little worried, mind you, that we were traveling to Maysville and I had no flippin idea where Maysville was but it was game on.  She had said chocolate.

The Chocolate Festival had things I expected and things I did not.  I expected vendor booths, small town Main Street, friendly people that liked to talk.  I didn’t expect to walk through so many antique and thrift shops, to hear the history of furniture and buildings in the town, or there to be a tremendous lack of chocolate.  The Chocolate Festival did not have chocolate, people.  OK, well maybe five booths out of 30 had sweets (and two of those were cake balls, not the hard stuff).  You could buy hair bows galore, wind chimes, handmade kitchen towels, used cast iron skillets.  Hell, you could even buy a carousel horse.  But the thing the festival (if we can call it a festival) is named after was scarce.  I think someone forgot to send the memo.

Let’s be honest here.  All I wanted was a chocolate fountain.  A fountain of melted, sweet, rich brown chocolate to put my face in.  It didn’t happen.  *sad face*  We of course made the best of it – just spending time with the ladies satisfied me.  But a chocolate fountain would have made it even better.  I guess that’s small town Kentucky for ya.

day with the gals

day with the gals

day with the gals

day with the gals

day with the gals

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day with the gals

Sweet ride, huh? Wait until you see the rims on this thing.

day with the gals

Did someone order a classic with a side of honky tonk? To be honest, I think it gives it more personality.

We did have a good time.  But we still decided to redeem our road trip for chocolate on the way home.

Just a quick stop in Newport, Kentucky…

day with the gals

I’ll let you guess which one was Abby’s.

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April 21, 2011 - 9:57 am

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - I’d be pissed if I headed to random small town for a Chocolate Fest only to be greeted with not chocolate. At least you got some fantabulous photos…and a hoffbrau out of the day : )

April 21, 2011 - 10:13 am

Amy - Sounds like a “bait and switch” to me.
Love those shots of the old buildings, but that car is redonk. I’m a sucker for classic cars (thanks to my dad) and slapping big ole’ honkin wheels on one is just wrong!

April 21, 2011 - 10:21 am

Winnie - So funny because I went to a “chocolate” festival in Wisconsin a few years ago and they had no chocolate either! It was just like a fair with rides. Weird.

April 21, 2011 - 11:13 am

Joe, your brother - >>… I had flippin idea where Maysville was but it was game on.

You out a word.

Love the car picture. Email if you have more. Caden will like it.

April 21, 2011 - 11:18 am

Brooke - Haha – you know, I read and reread and I always miss a word. Thanks for the heads up, bro.
I do have a couple more. Let me resize them and I’ll put them on his Facebook.

April 21, 2011 - 1:39 pm

abby - you forgot to mention that newport ky was not exactly on the way home from maysville. or that we didn’t actually see maysville except as we passed over it on the way to ohio! I love the pics, but can’t believe you don’t have one of us and our sweet shirts!!!!

i’m thinking bbq festival in june and music festival in july/august???

April 27, 2011 - 7:09 am

Todd - I didn’t know Maysville had a chocolate festival. Nice. You should check out the barbecue festival in Owensboro sometime or drive on down to Tennessee for the RC Cola and Moon-Pie Festival and partake of a slab of the world’s largest Moon-Pie. Now, that’s good eatin’.

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