Monday, May 21, 2012
Berkeley Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival
(Rain Date June 9)
Gourmet Ghetto North Shattuck Ave
BERKELEY CHOCOLATE & CHALK ART FESTIVAL
Chalk Art Contest!
The sidewalks along North Shattuck Ave. in the Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley are the target of artists young and old, professional and greenhorn during the 16th annual CHOCOLATE & CHALK ART FESTIVAL on Saturday, June 2 (rain date June 9).
No fees to artists. Areas of sidewalk will be assigned to participants to create your own fanciful chalk drawings. CHALK ART CONTEST for the best drawing will be judged after 4 p.m. First prize: $250 cash and runners-up get a gift certificate from Philz Coffee. Winners will be notified by Monday after. Same-day registration takes place 10AM-5PM in event booths located at 1495 and 1673 Shattuck Ave. where special artist's chalk is available for $10.
To EAT CHOCOLATE, purchase a packet of tickets (20 for $20) at event booths located at 1400, 1495 and 1673 Shattuck Ave. The to-go menu features picante habañero chocolate chunks gelato, Nutella crepes, adult brownies, or savory chocolate ricotta pizza, Caribbean chocolate soup, chicken molé and lots more.
Spend your tickets on these delights available in the local businesses then savor your chocolate as you stroll along the sidewalks, viewing the chalk artwork. Or enter your tickets in a raffle for a real chocolate-colored diamond ring at M. Lowe & Co, or for a real pocket camera that looks just like chocolate at ArtVisions Portraiture.
Vote for your favorite chocolate menu item by ‘liking’ it on the Chocolate and Chalk Art page on Facebook no later than Monday, June 4 at 5PM. Businesses with the most ‘liked’ menu items get bragging rights for a year.
Vendors with chocolate, chocolate-related items, and hand made arts and crafts fill the blocks between Rose and Vine Streets. A special children’s area at 1673 Shattuck Avenue has pony rides, inflatable bounce houses, jugglers, face painters and many more surprises.
Family-friendly free event produced by Another Bullwinkel Show 510-548-5335 and sponsored by the North Shattuck Association, City of Berkeley, Fiat, Art Kapour Realty, Comcast, KFOG, Berkeleyside.com, East Bay Express, East Bay Loop and YELP.
Photo: Cupcakes by Love at First Bite