By Maria Gregoriou
We have all heard of a winter wonderland but how about a chocolate winter wonderland? Sound like a land you might want to visit? If so then make a plan to go to Limassol over the three days from Friday.
There will be entertainment with lots of singing, real snow for the kids to roll around in and make snow angels in the tasty Food Village (so remember to wrap them up warm and get them some gloves), DJs spinning their tunes, live music and food.
Watch out when you open your mouth to let some of that chocolate in when you are in the Food Village, because there will be snow fall every 15 minutes.
This may be your chance to enjoy chocolate to the max but it also gives you the chance to help the Friends of the Center for Preventative Paediatrics with your entrance fee. The centre works to detect signs of disease in neonates so these diseases can be dealt with before they can lead to further physical and mental problems.
A number of chocolatiers, chefs and industry experts will be there to demonstrate some of their delicious chocolate recipes and show how chocolate can become art. As demonstrations sometimes make us want to join in and get our hands dirty, there will also be a number of activities available for adults and children to enjoy.
There will also be carriage rides with some characters from Frozen, sing along with the characters on Friday from 4.40pm until 5.10pm and on Saturday from 11.30am until 12.10pm and at 3pm until 4.10pm.
The kids can also enjoy experimenting with snow by making frozen bubbles and creating their own little snow blizzard throughout the day with members of the Archimedes team. Archimedes, in Limassol, is an educational playground where kids can get to know the fun side of science.
Chocolate and entertainment combine with the characters from the 1964 children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. The performance of the story will be staged by the Limassol Theatre Arts School on Friday at 5.40pm and 6.20pm and on Saturday at 5pm and 5.40pm.
And because there is sure to be a little scientist in all children, chocolate will not only be tasted, it will also be experimented with. They will be able to make chocolate volcanoes and see how magical chocolate can really be together with the members of Archimedes.
It is not all about the kids, adults can also enjoy the music played by DJ Claudio, DJ Mr Fox and DJ Vassilis Palamas during the three-day event, drink some mulled wine, malt whisky, eat some chocolate loukoumades, warm nuts, crepes and do some wine tasting courtesy of Vlassides winery. Plus you can really help the Friends of the Center for Preventative Paediatrics by taking part in the seminar led by Chef Dina Nikolaou on Saturday from 10am to 11am. There are only 50 tickets available for €50, and the last day to sign up is today, so book your place by calling 25-818787.
There will also be live music from the Wonderland Jazz Quartet on Friday at 6pm for a two hour session, more music on Saturday again at 6pm with Vicky Anastasiou, Ermis Michail, and on Sunday the band Mood Indigo will perform at 5pm until 7pm.
Chocolate Winter Wonderland
Three days of chocolate, snow, entertainment, food and live music. January 29-31. Old Municipal Market, Limassol. Friday: 4pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11am-10pm. €7/ free for children under 12. Tel: 25-818940