(Posted by Mary Jane Maharry, Community Contributor) Community Contributor Mary Jane Maharry The Village of Homewood proudly hosts the 14th annual Homewood Chocolate Fest on Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s festival features baking demonstrations,children’s activities, science demonstration, vendor booths and a variety of sweets, desserts and gourmet baked goods. Back by popular demand is the annual Chocolate Bake-Off Contest for professional and amateur bakers as they compete for title of “Home Sweet Homewood’s Master Pastry Chef”. This free event is located in the H-F Park District Auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Road. For additional information visitwww.HomeSweetHomewood.com or call 708-798-3000. “Hands down, this is the sweetest festival Homewood hosts” said mayor Rich Hofeld. “The community really comes together for chocolate. It’s always exciting to see and sample all the amateur and professional bakers’ treats as they compete for the Master Pastry Chef award.” 2016 Homewood Chocolate Festival features cooking demonstrations by La Voute Bistro + Bar. Included in the demonstrations are how to make chocolate macarons and chocolate mousse. The future Homewood Science Center is also participating with a demonstration on the science behind chocolate. In addition, kids get the opportunity to decorate a complimentary take-home cooking apron at any time during the festival. Another popular event at the Homewood Chocolate Fest is the Chocolate Bake-Off Contest for both amateur and professional bakers. The Bake-Off, hosted by The Community Relations Commission, is a spirited contest for bakers and confectioners to compete for recognition as “Home Sweet Homewood’s Master Pastry Chef”. A panel of judges sample each entry and select three winners. Once the winners are recognized, the public samples each entry in exchange for a small donation to benefit an area service group. The public tasting begins at 12:45 p.m. and the winner is announced at 1:30 p.m. The deadline for Bake-Off applications is Monday, February 15.
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