There are few people around the area that don’t love chocolate in some form. Whether indulging in a box of store-bought chocolates or making your way downtown to the local excellence of Lagomarcino’s, chocolate is something familiar to know and love. But when the local delicacies are available, the community will often unite together to savor every moment of the event.
On Saturday, April 6, the Quad Cities Botanical Center will house local chocolate shops and bakeries for the day. Dubbed the “Chocolate Experience,” tasty treats will grace the booths at the event along with other local vendors. Tickets must be purchased in order to secure a specific time slot in the two-hour tasting window, which runs 9AM-11PM, 12PM-2PM and 3PM-5PM. Sampling tickets may be limited to purchase at the door. The time is capped to ensure all vendors are able to give guests a “memorable chocolate experience” and have the ability to restock the supply during the off-hour.
Along with the chocolate sampling, crafts, activities, and the botanical gardens will be available for attendees. In the gardens, a botanical expert will be on hand to answer inquiries and introduce guests to the latest addition — the cacao tree!
All proceeds go to support the local botanical center. Admission prices are $10 for adults and $4 for youth. Prices vary for members of the botanical center. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $6 for youth. The Quad Cities Botanical Center is located at 2525 4th Avenue in Rock Island, Illinois. For more information, please visit their website or call 309-794-0991.