Chocolate Festival 2019

29th Harry K Foundation /
Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival

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When: March 9, 2019

Event starts at 11am

Tickets are now only available at the door of 

The Atlantic Grill Restaurant on the Boardwalk

of the Atlantic Sands Hotel

Where: Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center

atlantic sandsA great getaway weekend!

The Harry K Foundation proudly hosts its 29th Annual Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Show at the Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center in beautiful Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Joining them this year as head Celebrity Chef Judge is award winning chef and culinary personality Chef Vincent Tropepe. After judging the chocolate show Chef Tropepe will be autographing copies of his culinary memoir and cookbook "In My Whites" and doing an exclusive meet and greet. 

Celebrity Chef Judge, Chef Vincent Tropepe.

Visit the Official Blog of Chef Vincent Tropepe


A History of the Chocolate Festival

Did you know that the Chocolate Festival was the brainchild of our very own Patty Derrick? It happened like this...

In 1990, Patty was the 1991 Rehoboth Beach Centennial Chairman appointed by the Mayor and was on the board of the Downtown Business Association (now Main Street Rehoboth). Twelve events were planned for the centennial year, one for each month. Just before the 1991 Centennial was to begin, Patty, her husband and two friends were leaving for vacation in Hawaii and Tahoe when the Possum Players cancelled their performance of "A History of Rehoboth Beach" due to a death in the family. A replacement event was needed. Patty put the printing of the Centennial brochures on hold until her return. While in Tahoe, Patty's friend Cindy DelCampo, a self-confessed chocoholic, saw an ad for a Chocolate Festival and dragged Patty along. There were no tickets available but they managed to meet the man in charge and he let them in. Thinking this might be a possible replacement event for the Centennial, they talked to him at length about the logistics of putting on the festival.

When she returned to Rehoboth Beach, Patty took the Chocolate Festival idea back to the committee and it was approved. Knowing she would need numerous volunteers, Patty, being a VIA member, appealed to the VIA. Of course, the VIA members were there to help. The Chocolate Festival was so successful that it has been held annually. The one thing that has been consistent each year is the support of the VIA.

Over the years, the Chocolate Festival has evolved from a contest to a restaurant promotion. All proceeds from this wonderful event will go directly feeding hungry children throughout the state of Delaware through the Harry K Foundation School Food Pantries, Backpack Program and the Baby Pantry.


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The Veterans Outreach Specialist from the VA Hospital Sussex County Community Based Outpatient Clinic will be available to answer questions on Veteran benefits. Visit Website

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