Don't miss historic downtown Salem's sweetest event of the year. Attend the 12th annual Salem’s So Sweet, Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival. A decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures and Valentine’s Day shopping.
The Annual Salem's So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival is sponsored by the Salem Chamber of Commerce and Salem Main Streets. Join them and local retailers, businesses and restaurants as they celebrate the wonder of chocolate.
The festival officially kicks off with a Chocolate and Wine Tasting, on Friday, February 7th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas, 227 Essex Street. This luscious tasting event features wine and chocolate samples from premier Salem restaurants, stores and sweet shops. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance starting January 16th. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 978-744-0004, online at SalemSoSweet.eventbrite.com, or in person at the Salem Chamber of Commerce, 265 Essex Street, Suite 101. This event is the highlight of the season and sells out quickly!
This year there will be more than 14 large ice sculptures, chocolate samples and great discounts around downtown Salem the weekend of February 8-9. Weather-permitting, sculptures will be on display until at least February 16th! The beautiful ice sculptures will be installed downtown Salem beginning February 8, with themes including a seahorse, a rubber ducky, a sailboat, a film projector, and more!
The Salem Trolley will be offering trolley rides around the festival route weather permitting on February 8 & 9 for a minimal fee.
Many downtown businesses will offer discounts and special offerings during the festival. With more than 60 places to eat downtown, Salem is the perfect place to have a romantic dinner or casual lunch. In celebration of the chocolate festival, many of Salem's finest restaurants will feature special chocolate offerings on their menus, including desserts, cocktails, and inventive sauces. Participating Salem retailers will offer in-store promotions, innovative displays and items geared toward chocolate and Valentine's Day, ranging from a chocolate fondue fountain to discounts on diamond jewelry. Specific store and restaurant offerings will be available on brochures distributed throughout the downtown or online at SalemMainStreets.org.
Golden Tickets will be available in downtown Salem, and shoppers will have the chance to win the Salem's So Sweet Gift Basket (browsers are encouraged, too! No purchase necessary.). Golden Tickets will be available at participating locations, and will come with instructions for how to complete your Golden Ticket and be entered to win a prize.
Salem's So Sweet is produced by Salem Main Streets and the Salem Chamber of Commerce.