Following its UAE debut last year, the Parisian chocolate exhibition Salon du Chocolat et de la Patisserie will return to Le Gourmet in Galeries Lafayette in May.
Welcoming those who share a passion for chocolate and everything associated with it (even a fashion show with dresses made of confectionery), the exhibition offers visitors a chance to meet pastry chefs and authors, chocolate tasters and chocolate masters, as well as taste and buy sweet treats — think ganache, truffles and ruby chocolate — from dozens of international brands.
A representative told The National that the cacao-inspired fashion show held in Dubai Mall last year will be back and “bigger and better than ever”.
The three-day event is set to commence on May 18.
Elsewhere, home bakers can register for workshops and masterclasses hosted by chefs. In attendance at the pastry show, for instance, will be Carmen Rueda Hernandez, the award-winning pastry chef at 3 Fils and Brix; Wassim Orfali, one of three brothers behind Orfali Bros Bistro, the No 1 restaurant on Mena's 50 Best Restaurants list this year; as well as the pastry chefs from SLS Dubai Hotel, Jumeirah Al Naseem and Le Meridien and Westin Mina Seyahi.
Guests can also head to the chocolate demo arena to mingle with chefs, influencers and food bloggers including Karim Bourgi, who won Mena's Best Pastry Chef Award 2023; female Emirati pastry chef Sahar Al Awadhi of Burj Al Arab fame; Dimitri Esposito, executive pastry chef at Jumeirah Al Qasr; and Abdellah Tougda, part of the Aalst team of chefs and chocolatiers.
Confirmed guests at the fashion show include Russian cake artist Polina Filimonova (of Pauline Cake fame) and Brice Konan-Ferrand, a Valrhona pastry chef trainer from Hong Kong and Charles Azar, president of the Academie Nationale de Cuisine Lebanon-MEA & Gulf.
Established in Paris in 1994, Salon du Chocolat has become a favourite with chocolate enthusiasts, with global exhibitions taking place everywhere from New York to Tokyo, and London to Hong Kong.
In the Middle East, after the success of Salon du Chocolat Beirut, Dubai become the second city to host the event last year.