The Hamilton Rotary Club will present the Rotary Chocolate Festival from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, at the Courtyard Marriott Hamilton. CONTRIBUTED

‘Everybody loves chocolate’: This extremely tasty Hamilton festival is back for a second year

Fundraiser supports programs and events for children and teens at Rotary Park

The Hamilton Rotary Club will present the second annual Rotary Chocolate Festival from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, at the Courtyard Marriott Hamilton. The event will bring specialty vendors together with chocolate lovers for an evening of chocolate tasting with an opportunity to sample 10 desserts. Tickets are $15 per person, and advance ticket purchase is required.

Proceeds from the event will benefit programs and events for children and teens at Rotary Park.

Rotary Park, a pocket park with picnic tables and areas for outdoor recreation and games, is located at 106 North 2nd Street.

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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.

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