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2009-10-22 / Front Page

Beautiful Weather Shines on Chocolate Lovers Festival

In the top picture, Cash Anthony (left) and Mark Phillips with the Final Twist Writers from Houston, enjoyed a game of cards at the Chocolate Lovers Festival. They were featuring a book Mark had written entitled "A Box of Texas Chocolates" -  an appropriate title to feature at a festival that is all about chocolate! In the bottom right picture, Ricki Hooper's two tiered chocolate cake featured on a lighted fountain took First Place in the 6th Annual Best Chocolate Cake Baking Contest, while the picture on the bottom left is of LD Levy's Wheel of Fortune Cake that won Third Place in that same contest. In the top picture, Cash Anthony (left) and Mark Phillips with the Final Twist Writers from Houston, enjoyed a game of cards at the Chocolate Lovers Festival. They were featuring a book Mark had written entitled "A Box of Texas Chocolates" - an appropriate title to feature at a festival that is all about chocolate! In the bottom right picture, Ricki Hooper's two tiered chocolate cake featured on a lighted fountain took First Place in the 6th Annual Best Chocolate Cake Baking Contest, while the picture on the bottom left is of LD Levy's Wheel of Fortune Cake that won Third Place in that same contest. Saturday's weather was nothing less than PERFECT for the 6th Annual Chocolate Lovers Festival held in Lexington. Clear skies and bright sunshine - without the sometimes-smothering heat that accompanies it - made the morning and afternoon on the Square a pure delight. While the crowd was thinner than in years past - due mostly to this year's event happening on the Texas-OU weekend and on the same day that the Friends of the Depot unveiled their new Central Texas Tourism Center in Giddings, those who did attend enjoyed a day filled with delicious chocolate confections and a family-friendly baking competition, not to mention shopping at various vendors' booths.

A huge hit this year was the Classic Car Show, organized by the McHenry brothers of McHenry Custom Auto Body. More than two dozen car enthusists entered their "babies" in this year's first for the festival and attendees to the event were wowed by the fantastic vehicles on display.

This year's Best Chocolate Cake and Best Chocolate Dessert competitions enjoyed fewer entries, but Judge John Lopez, President of the Austin Association of Professional Chefs, said, "I am always surprised by the level of cooking and baking competency I experience at the Lexington Chocolate Lovers Festival's baking contests. Lexington has a number of accomplished cooks who not only bake delicious cakes and desserts, their level of presentation is outstanding!"

So, without further ado, enjoy the scenes of this year's Chocolate Lovers Festival found on page B1 and the ones that follow. And if you didn't make it this year to the event, perhaps you'll go ahead and mark it on your calendar for next year - it happens the 3rd Saturday of October each year!

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