“We’ll have fresh ground coffee truffles. We’ll have blueberries covered in dark chocolate. And we have diamond-shaped chocolates so shiny, they look like jewels.”
To listen to Gatineau chocolatier Roch Fournier lovingly describe the delights he’s bringing to the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival’s brand new feature, Choco-CHIC, you’d think every last one of them was his favourite.
“No, no,” he laughs. “I love Peruvian chocolate. It’s very fruity, it’s very long on the mouth.”
It will feature at A World of Chocolate, just one of the stations at Choco-CHIC, a new add-on experience at this year’s festival.
Not content to compare chocolates from around the world? Roch is fine with that.
He’s installing a six-foot chocolate fountain that bubbles 80lbs of liquid delicousness.
There’s an all-you-can-gorge truffle bar – literally a bar – with 20 flavours, from raspberry to salted caramel.
Then there’s the choco snack station (think ‘healthy’ options, with cranberries and sunflower seeds) along with a hot chocolate station, serving six to eight heady flavours.
Fondue lovers are not left out, either: Roch is premiering the world’s first fondue-in-a-bag, that heats chocolate in less than a minute.
The Ottawa Wine and Food Festival runs from November 3 to 5 at the EY Centre.