Salem Main Streets, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, and local retailers, restaurants, and businesses invite you to attend the 16th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival. A decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures, and Valentine’s Day shopping… don’t miss Salem’s sweetest event of the year!
The festival officially kicks off with a Chocolate and Wine Tasting on Friday, February 9th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas, 231 Essex Street. This luscious tasting event features wine and chocolate samplings from premier Salem restaurants, stores, and sweet shops, as well as music by Molly Pinto Madigan. Tickets are $30 a person and can now be purchased over the phone by calling 978-744-0004, online at SalemSoSweet.com, or in person at the Salem Chamber of Commerce, 265 Essex Street, Suite 101. This event is the highlight of the season and sells out quickly!
The Salem Trolley will offer trolley rides around the festival route weather permitting on February 10 & 11 from 12 pm to 4 pm for only $2 an adult (free for children).Starting the morning Saturday, February 10, ice sculptures will begin appearing all around downtown Salem. Last year the festival featured a record-breaking 25 ice sculptures, including the Queen of Hearts, Cinderella’s Carriage, a goat named Bella, and actual ice bars at Rockafellas and the Regatta Pub. Be sure to make plans for a special evening stroll on Saturday, Feb. 10, when the sculptures will be illuminated by the lighting specialists at Retonica! More information about this year’s sculptures will be available online at SalemSoSweet.com after February 1.
Many downtown businesses will offer chocolate samplings and sweet discounts all weekend in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Pick up a “Golden Ticket” for 10% off at participating businesses on Feb. 10 and 11. (Available at participating locations, some restrictions apply, please see Golden Ticket for complete promotion details.) In addition, many of Salem’s finest restaurants and retailers will be offering their own luscious chocolate and love-inspired specials and events.
Salem’s So Sweet is organized by Salem Main Streets and the Salem Chamber of Commerce, and supported by Creative Salem, Destination Salem, Retonica, Scarlet Letter Press, and Rockafellas. Visit salemsosweet.com for more events and details as they become available and follow the event on Facebook for all the latest updates.