You can get drunk from wine, right?
You can get drunk off whiskey?
You can even feel drunk when you are in love.
But have any of you ever been drunk on chocolate?
Plain. Old. Chocolate.
Not the liquored-up kind.
And it was a buzz I rode all night long.
Last week I went to my first Italian Sagra, or food festival since I moved to southern Italy two years ago.
And it was sublime.
I walked through the main square in Cosenza around 8:00, just as the shops were closing. No one was eating chocolate and try as I did I could not sniff the sweet aroma floating in the air.
I was worried.
Given my previous history with accidentally missing food festivals I vowed not to count my chocolate covered chickens before the proverbial egg had hatched, so I anxiously held my breath and looked for chocolate smeared stains on the passing faces.
Finally. They arrived.
There were over 30 booths representing regions throughout Calabria and offering up cavity-inducing delights such as chocolate-covered figs, dark chocolate and pistachio candy and homemade Sicilian cannoli.
There were demonstrations and displays.
There was pepper-flavored chocolate, chocolate liquor and white chocolate coconut balls.
There were mounds of chocolate just sitting out on the streets … begging to be bought.
There were even these provocative chocolate sticks offered up to patient party-goers.
After about an hour there was a drunk American, staggering in the street and -literally- bumping into people in her chocolate-induced frenzy.
And she had fun.
This year was the 6th annual Festa del Cioccolato held in downtown Cosenza along the Corso Mazzini. This three-day event includes live musical entertainment, chocolate sculpting events, a DJ and live interviews with local chocolateurs.
So, if anyone is interested, La Festa del Cioccolato is held every year at the end of October-right smack in the middle of downtown Cosenza. So come along with me next year … I’m gonna need a DD.
What are your favorite food fests, either in Italy or your home country? Are there any food fests you attend every year-rain or shine? Do share!