Main Street Martinsburg’s annual Chocolate Festival and Book Faire was held on Saturday, April 23rd in downtown Martinsburg. I was in attendance with three teenage girls in tow, so I was concerned there would be nothing that would be of interest to them and anticipated wails of “I’m booooorrrrrreeeeddd” early in the afternoon. I’m happy to say, I heard no such thing.
We began our adventure at the 1902 building (on the northeast corner of Queen and Martin) where we paid our $5/person entry fee and were given a map of the “Chocolate Walk” and told that, for the price of admission, each person was entitled to sample two cupcakes offered up for the cupcake contest. I decided on a chocolate and lavender cupcake, which was delicious! All varieties were chocolate of some sort (it was the Chocolate Fest after all), and ranged from S’mores to chocolate cupcakes topped with fruit to German Chocolate. The Grand Prize winner was the Downtown Fudgie Brown Cupcake by Rebekah Brown.
From there we wandered south on Queen Street, stopping in at the various shops which offered a chocolate tasting and hosted an author. We were offered delicious chocolate potato candy at Antique(ish). Inside Mel’s Smells/Yes M.A.M, one could get a chocolate pedicure or speak with author Tami Cox who was on-hand to present her romance series set in Martinsburg, and mentioned in MiBurg’s article, Adult Fiction Novels Set in West Virginia. You can find a list of authors here if you are interested in finding out more about them or placing an order.
We ended up in the Town Square where we were treated to music and poetry from a wide variety of artists. From there, we crossed the street to the library where a live action, full sized game of Candy Land was happening. Walking back to our car, we saw the line forming to take a tour of DeFluri’s Fine Chocolates Factory. Did you know there was a chocolate factory right in downtown Martinsburg?!? Our final stop was at Patterson’s Drug Store for milk shakes, chocolate of course.
Photo Credit: G.Long