The 17th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival will be held the weekend before Valentine’s Day, February 8 – 10, 2019. A decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures, and Valentine’s Day shopping…don’t miss Salem’s sweetest event of the year!
Starting the morning of Saturday, February 9, more than 20 ice sculptures will begin appearing all around downtown Salem. Some of this year’s sculptures will include Mary Poppins, a dove, a butterfly, a sailboat, the Tin Man, and Cupid. Be sure to make plans for a special evening stroll on Saturday, Feb. 9, for the Ice Sculpture Illumination by Retonica between the hours of 5 and 9 pm.
The Salem Trolley offers trolley rides around the festival route weather permitting on February 9 & 10 from 12 pm to 4 pm for only $2 an adult (free for children).
Many downtown businesses will offer chocolate samplings and sweet discounts all weekend in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Check to see who is participating in the “Golden Ticket” – make a full-price purchase at one participating downtown business and get 10% off your purchase at the next participating business! Offer is good Feb. 9 and 10 only, some restrictions may apply. In addition, many of Salem’s finest restaurants and retailers will be offering their own luscious chocolate and love-inspired specials and events.
More information about the ice sculptures and specific Golden Ticket promotions is available online at salemsosweet.com. Golden Tickets and brochures will be available at participating businesses around town.
The official festival kick-off, a Chocolate and Wine Tasting at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas, on Friday, February 8 is sold out. Tickets for this luscious tasting event, which features wine and chocolate samplings from premier Salem restaurants, stores, and sweet shops, and live music by Molly Pinto Madigan, go on sale in early January each year.
Salem’s So Sweet is organized by Salem Main Streets and the Salem Chamber of Commerce, and supported by Destination Salem, Creative Collective, Retonica, Scarlet Letter Press, St. Jean’s Credit Union, and Rockafellas. Visit salemsosweet.com for more events and details as they become available, and follow the event on Facebook for the latest updates, facebook.com/salemsosweet.