Local Honey keeps Lake Champlain Chocolates Buzzing
Free Honey and Chocolate Taste Education Workshop
Burlington, VT- Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC) is hosting a free honey and chocolate tasting from 12-4pm at their 750 Pine Street Factory Store & Café on Saturday, January 28. The event features Bill Mares and Scott Wilson of the Vermont Beekeepers Association (VBA). They will talk about how they collect the honey, the variety and sources of honey including the special characteristics of Vermont honey, and VBA’s work with over 1,200 local beekeepers to sustain Vermont’s honey industry.
In addition, Slow Food Vermont will offer a honey tasting focusing on the “taste of place.” The tasting will inform participants how to taste and evaluate the varieties of honey and include a discussion about how the local landscape gives Vermont’s honey a complex and unique flavor. Attendees will sample honey in its many forms including liquid, comb, creamed and whipped and a chance to taste pollen, another product of the hive.
“We’re excited to collaborate with LCC to bring the angle of taste education to this event — it is so important to learn the vocabulary of taste to start to understand our local food landscape,” said Mara Welton, Executive Director of Slow Food Vermont.
Gary Coffey, Director of Retail at LCC, will have samples of gourmet chocolates and chocolate caramels made with pure Vermont honey, featuring Honey Caramel Chocolates, Organic Chocolate Truffles made with honey and figs, and their ever-popular Caramel 5 Star Bar. There is no need to register for the tasting.
“This hands-on event gives participants a chance to taste, learn and explore different varieties of honey and discover how the taste of Vermont’s honey gives our chocolates and caramels a distinctive and delicious flavor,” says Gary Coffey, Director of Retail.
All three LCC retail stores — 750 Pine Street and 64 Church Street in Burlington, and on Route 100 in Waterbury — will be offering sweet deals on gourmet Vermont chocolates from January 22 to 29. In addition, the three stores’ cafes will be serving cappuccinos, lattes, ice cream, gourmet coffee and teas, cold beverages, and milk shakes.
Lake Champlain Chocolates offers sweet indulgences that capture the essence of Vermont, the tradition of making fine chocolate, and the pride that goes into each bite. Preservative-free and kosher-certified, Lake Champlain Chocolates are crafted in small batches from the finest quality chocolate and select natural ingredients including local Vermont cream, cultured butter, maple syrup, and honey. Lake Champlain Chocolates are available online at www.LakeChamplainChocolates.com, toll-free at 1-800-465-5909, as corporate gifts and wedding favors, at three company-owned retail stores in Vermont, and nationwide at specialty food and gift stores and upscale hotels and inns.