Chocolate Meltdown in Oxford. Any questions?

Tasty fundraiser to benefit two arts organizations.

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How to go

What: Chocolate Meltdown

When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14

Where: Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave., Oxford

Cost: Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.chocolatemeltdown.com, at the Oxford Community Arts Center and at the Miami University Art Museum for $7 (plus online ticketing fees, if purchased online.) Tickets will also be sold for $10 at the door. Ages 12 and younger will be admitted free, when accompanied by a paying adult (purchase of tasting coupons at the event are required). Children’s chocolate activities in the designated area will not require coupons. Each admission ticket includes five tasting coupons that may be used at the vendor booths. Additional coupons may be purchased at the event for $1 each, or 6 tickets for $5.

More info: www.chocolatemeltdown.com

All things chocolate will be celebrated at Chocolate Meltdown, a fun, delicious way to support two local arts organizations — Oxford Community Arts Center and the Miami University Art Museum.

The annual fundraising event will return to Oxford Community Arts Center on Saturday, Jan. 14.

“We’ve had great success with the event. It’s the perfect time of the year. People are looking for fun and unique things to do indoors. Guests enjoy coming to Oxford and the Oxford Community Arts Center. It’s a family-friendly event, and guests come throughout the day to taste the different chocolates,” said Sherri Krazl, co-chair, Chocolate Meltdown.

Chocolate Meltdown will feature vendors with chocolates for tasting, an amateur baking contest, children’s activities, silent and live auctions, educational materials about chocolate and an art exhibit.

With each admission ticket, attendees will receive five tasting coupons to visit the vendors for free tasting samples. Additional tickets may be purchased for a dollar each or six tickets for five dollars, and monies raised will be used to help promote the arts.

Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free to the event. There will be free children’s activities, such as cupcake decorating, and pretzel dipping in chocolate (without tasting coupons). However, if children participate in the tasting areas, coupons are required.

Visual artists will also participate. Monies raised will go to Miami University Art Museum and the Oxford Community Arts Center to support programming.

“Chocolate Meltdown” will feature a wide array of specialty chocolate items, baked-goods, chocolate-covered coffee beans and more. Over a dozen vendors will participate, including Bake Me Home, Chocolates Latour, Maverick Chocolate Co., Kilwins, Graeter’s, Butler County Historical Society and more.

Over 400 guests attended the event in 2016.