Chocolate set to flow

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Trinity University hosts the Chocolate Festival for students, faculty and staff.

By Tiffany Anne Bermea

If chocolate is the key to your heart on Valentine’s Day, a festival that provides free samples of the sweet concoction may be the right place to warm up for the holiday this year.

The chocolate festival, hosted by the Student Programming Board at Trinity, is one of the school’s most popular events, according to the university website.

The festival will be from 2:30-5 p.m. Friday on the Memorial Coates Esplanade at Trinity is free to the Trinity community, including students, faculty and staff.

Esther Kim, coordinator for student programs, said, “We have student organizations participating, and 16 competing in the competition, including Filipino Student Association, Tiger Stand Band, Zeta Chi, Indian Student Association, Women in Computing, Alpha Epsilon Delta and a handful more.”

These organizations will serve free chocolates at the festival. They will include chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate fondue, various chocolate cakes, brownies, white chocolate cheesecake, peppermint bark and cookies.

“It is funded through the Student Programming Board each year, but the chocolate is made and ordered through Aramark on campus,” Kim said.

The university will host competitions such as chocolate bake-offs, including a contest to find who can bake chocolate with the most exciting recipe.

The other competitions include presentation, taste and creativity.

Kim said, “First place winner will receive a $100 gift card, second place will receive a $50 gift card and third place winner will receive a $25 gift card.”

There will also be music by comedic songwriter John Raymond Fisher.

“We chose him because we thought he was a great and funny entertainer,” Kim said.

The Chocolate Festival is part of spring traditions at Trinity.

For more information, contact Esther Kim, coordinator for student programs, at or 210-999-7547.


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