On Centre: Around Philipsburg | Chocolate festival brings sweet treats to Philipsburg

Chocolate. What more is there to say?

The Philipsburg Main Street Program hooks people every year with that one word. Well, one word, and all the dark deliciousness you can handle.

From 1 to 4 p.m. March 1, the annual Chocolate Fest will happen again.

Main Street Manager Dana Shoemaker plans it for the sweet spot right before Ash Wednesday, banking on the idea that everyone loves chocolate, but they love it a lot more right before they give it up for Lent.

This year, the event takes place at 128 N. Second St., where tables will be filled with amazing chocolate goodies made by home cooks and professional chefs alike. There is no fee to enter the chocolate challenge. All you have to do is whip up 100 or so bites of chocolate-y heaven.

For $3, attendees will stroll through the festival, sampling offerings like white chocolate cake puffs, s’mores pops, fresh chocolate cherries, chocolate bottom cupcakes and more than a little fudge.

Bring some extra change to vote for the People’s Choice winner.

Sweet chefs also will be visited by undercover critics who will honor one of them with the Secret Samplers Award.

Other vendors will be on hand to network with the crowd, showing off their businesses while handing out a little goodness. That’s an important aspect for Shoemaker. While the event is a fundraiser, and it is a community event, she never loses sight of her organization’s goal, promoting downtown business in Philipsburg.

So come for the fun, stay for the community, learn about local businesses. Oh, and chocolate.