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With 116 active members, the endeavor reflects upon Hamilton Rotary Club’s mission statement, “We are neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good.”
Alisa Miller, co-chair of the event, said the Hamilton Rotary Chocolate Festival will feature vendors with chocolates for tasting, live music from Double Tap, raffle items, along with two special cash bars — a Kentucky Bourbon Tasting Bar and a Fine Wine and Craft Beer Bar.
Double Tap is an acoustic duo featuring Mike Hicks and Amber Leeds.
“Last year was the first time that Hamilton Rotary had tried this kind of an event, and it was extremely successful,” said Miller, who is co-chairing the event with Karen Underwood-Kramer.
The affordable, family-friendly event will have a Valentine’s theme. With each admission ticket, attendees will receive 10 chocolate tastings, such as a mini chocolate-covered strawberry cupcake and chocolate-covered candies to fresh fruit dipped in chocolate. About 300 attendees supported the event last year.
“Guests loved the event, and the feedback we heard was this is something that’s so different from a typical fundraiser,” Miller said. “Everybody loves chocolate. Especially, when you pair it with bourbon, wine and beer.”
Vendors will include Basil 1791, Courtyard Marriott Hamilton, Edible Arrangements West Chester, Richard’s Pizza, The Almond Sisters Bakery, Mimi’s Donuts & Bakery, Baking Diva Cupcakes, The Coach House, Henry’s Candy Company and Hyde’s Restaurant.
“The Rotary Club of Hamilton is an amazing service club that does a lot for the community, and this is another way for us to be able to raise funds, support a good cause and everybody is able to have a good time,” Miller said.
HOW TO GO
What: Hamilton Rotary Chocolate Festival
When: Friday, Feb. 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Courtyard Marriott Hamilton, 1 Riverfront Plaza.
Cost: $15 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.hamiltonohiorotary.com or from members of the Chocolate Festival Committee. Additionally, there will be two cash bars available — a Kentucky Bourbon Tasting Bar and a Fine Wine and Craft Beer Bar.
More info: www.hamiltonohiorotary.com or call (513) 967-7799.