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Sep 26 2020

Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival - Virtual

This event will be virtual this year.

The sidewalks along Shattuck Ave. in the Gourmet Ghetto in North Berkeley are the target of artists young and old, professional and greenhorn during the 22nd CHOCOLATE & CHALK ART FESTIVAL.

MAKE ART! With no fees to artists, areas of sidewalk are assigned for you to create your own fanciful chalk drawings. Same-day art registration takes place 10AM-5PM in event booths where colorful artist's chalk is available for $10.

A CHALK ART CONTEST for the best drawing will be judged after 4PM. Cash prizes are $150, $100, $50 and runners-up get a $25 gift certificate from Books Inc. Winners will be notified by Wednesday after the event.

EAT CHOCOLATE! Purchase tasting tickets ($1/ea. or 20/$20) at 1495 or 1607 Shattuck Ave. on the day of the event or in advance online.

The to-go menu features over 30 items including chocolate rum gelato, English toffee, a chocolate rose des sables, dark chocolate truffles, Oreo shakes, bittersweet chocolate pudding, cupcakes, or savory menu items such as chocolate-covered pancetta or a chocolate molé taco. For those over 21, there is coffee Campfire stout and for vegans there are cookies, brownies and gelato, too. You might even relax with a hand massage with chocolate-scented cream.

SUPER FUN! Festival booths fill the blocks between Rose and Vine Streets. Enjoy beer or wine while you listen to music or watch circus artists.

This is a family-friendly, free event. For a good time, take BART to Downtown Berkeley and stroll north six blocks.