Chocolate Lovers Rejoice: Lakewood Chocolate Walk to Delight Taste Buds on Thursday, October 27

Tickets for Much-Anticipated Event Go On Sale to General Public October 1

If you have a sweet tooth, then you’re in luck.  A delectable, chocolatey evening awaits when the 8th Annual Lakewood Chocolate Walk takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in Downtown Lakewood.

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The Chocolate Walk – hosted by LakewoodAlive and the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance (DLBA) – represents a popular autumn tradition with a devout following of chocoholics from all over Northeast Ohio. Participants visit more than 20 shops and eateries in Downtown Lakewood that are Sweet Spots on the Chocolate Walk.  In an arrangement that would make the late Gene Wilder of “Willy Wonka” fame flash his trademark smile, each Sweet Stop provides visitors a unique chocolate treat.

Limited to only 300 attendees, this highly-anticipated event always sells out quickly.  Tickets go on sale to the general public starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, and can be purchased online at LakewoodChocolateWalk.com.  Tickets can also be purchased at lion & blue (15106 Detroit Avenue) and Paisley Monkey (14417 Detroit Avenue) starting Oct. 1.

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A $25 General Admission ticket gains you entrance to First Federal Lakewood (14806 Detroit Avenue) at 6 p.m., where you’ll receive your Chocolate Walk supplies.  Guided by your map and the signs and festive bows decorating participating merchants, you’ll take to the streets to visit the Sweet Stops, collecting something chocolatey at each location.  The merchants eagerly await you, and you may visit the stops in any order you wish.

For those seeking to elevate the joy of the chocolate experience to an even greater level of bliss, a VIP ticket option is available for $40.  The Pre-Walk VIP Reception, limited to only 50 attendees, takes place from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. at Fear’s Confections and Ice Cream Joy in Uptown Lakewood, where guests will sample decadent treats, as well as appetizers, wine and beer.  Transportation aboard the “Chocolate Express” will be provided from Downtown Lakewood to Uptown Lakewood and back for the VIP Reception.

The evening ends for all attendees with the Grand Finale Sundae Bar, hosted by First Federal Lakewood and sponsored by Discount Drug Mart, from 8 to 9 p.m.  There guests will enjoy libations and yes, more chocolate, while listening to guitarist James Stringer.  The Grand Finale will be your last chance to purchase tickets for the 50/50 and buyer’s choice raffles, with the drawings held at 8:55 p.m.  You need not be present to win.

“Our annual Chocolate Walk represents a unique opportunity to showcase Lakewood’s vibrancy,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive.  “We hope you can join us for this memorable evening, with proceeds supporting the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance and our Downtown Lakewood Program.”

For more information regarding the Lakewood Chocolate Walk, please visit LakewoodChocolateWalk.com.