On Centre: Philipsburg | Crazed with a craving? Chocolate Fest delivers

The chocolate is coming.

The Philipsburg Main Street Program’s annual Chocolate Fest will take over the senior center at the Philipsburg Towers on Front Street on Saturday from 1-4 p.m.

Last month, I talked about Main Street Manager Dana Shoemaker’s appeal for entries. Since then, the cast of cooks has grown to more than 20, from as far away as Clearfield and State College. Old and young, male and female, professional and amateur, even groups of college students and Boy Scouts.

The list of dishes reads like a chocoholic’s dream dessert menu. S’mores cake. Chocolate cherry cake balls. Chocolate fudge. Triple chocolate cheesecake. Mexican hot chocolate cake with dulce de leche buttercream. Buckeye brownies. Death by chocolate cake. Chocolate peanut butter shooters.

All of those and more will be on the table and available for tasting. All it takes to snack your way through them is $3 for admission, $1 for senior citizens. But bring a little extra. Not only will local Girl Scouts be taking orders for cookies and local businesses participating with chocolate makeovers and more, but the festival’s People’s Choice prize will be awarded to the dish that raises the most donations to the Main Street Program. A second best of show award will be awarded by independent, impartial judges.

The Chocolate Fest always has been timed with care. Close to Valentine’s Day to take advantage of all those endorphins that make falling in love and eating good chocolate so similar. But just before Ash Wednesday, to give your sweet tooth a last hurrah before abstaining from goodies during Lent, for those who choose to give up chocolate for 40 days.

So come to Philipsburg on Saturday and give your inner chocoholic a chance to run wild.