The Chocolate Expo returns for its fourth year at the Maritime Aquarium this Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. They’re taking over the Aquarium for the day, so here’s everything you need to know.
The Maritime Aquarium is located at 10 North Water St., Norwalk, CT, 06854. You may enter the expo from the main entrance or the IMAX entrance.
Non-members $15/adults $10/children ages 3-12
Members $13/adults $8/children ages 3-12
There is no senior or youth pricing this day.
Skip the line! Purchase advance e-tickets here.
All tickets are non-refundable.
We’re sorry, but Aquarium members do not receive free admission for this special event. Member guest discounts do not apply.
For directions from I-95, The Merritt Parkway, and surrounding CT and NY areas, please refer to our website.
Or, get directions to The Maritime Aquarium from your location.
If you plan on arriving by Norwalk Transit, Metro-North Railroad, or by boat, please refer to the details on our website.
* Some GPS devices and computer map programs point to the IMAX® Theater entrance to our facility. The parking garage and Main Entrance are one block north near the intersection of Ann and North Water streets.
The municipal Maritime Garage is located directly across from the Aquarium on North Water Street located between Ann and Marshall streets. The garage is maintained by the Norwalk Parking authority. Click here for rates. For more information on the Maritime Garage and the three other lots in South Norwalk visit the Norwalk Parking Authority’s website. A new smart phone app “Parker” shows real-time parking space availability.
Additional parking is available at Veteran’s Park. It is about a five- to ten-minute walk from the Aquarium. Parking attendants at the Maritime Garage will direct guests to the overflow lot once the main lot is full.
Celebrity Chefs and Cooking Demo Schedule
In our IMAX® Theater. (Limited first-come, first-served, seating.)
Tony Albanese, pastry designer and former assistant to Buddy Valastro of “Cake Boss.”
Barret Beyer of Fox TV’s “Hell’s Kitchen”
Scottish Francis of “MasterChef”
Larry Rosenberg, recipe-book author and owner of Bacon Bites.
11:00 am to 11:30 am – Tony Albanese
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm – Barret Beyer
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Scottish Francis
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm – Tony Albanese
3:00 to 3:30 pm – Scottish Francis
4:00 to 4:30 pm – Larry Rosenberg
5:00 to 5:30 pm – Barret Beyer
Additional programming in our third-floor classroom
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm – Debbie Prinz: Choco-Talk
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm – Felicia Ramos: Kids Craft Activity
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm – Debbie Prinz: Choco-Talk
3:30 pm to 4:00 pm – Felicia Ramos: Kids Craft Activity
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm – Debbie Prinz – Choco-Talk
On the day of The Chocolate Expo refer to our Today’s Events page on your smart phone for the full schedule.
44 vendors will set up throughout the Aquarium’s galleries. View the full list here.
What are your hours?
We’re extending our hours for Chocolate Expo. We’ll be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
What is the best time to attend?
People love chocolate so we expect crowds all day, but we anticipate our heaviest attendance will be between noon and 4 p.m. If you prefer a less bustling experience, stop by between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., or between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Can I buy tickets online?
Yes, skip the line! Purchase advance tickets here, print them out and bring your web ticket with you. Go directly to the usher who will scan your ticket when you arrive.
Do you allow strollers?
Yes. However because we expect higher than average attendance, you may be more comfortable with a backpack style child carrier or smaller stroller. We expect our busiest time to be between noon and 4 p.m., so please plan accordingly.
Is the IMAX® theater showing movies during Chocolate Expo?
No. Celebrity chefs will perform their demos in the theater. All movies on Jan. 31 have been cancelled.
Will “Jiggle a Jelly” touch adventure be open during Chocolate Expo?
No. “Jiggle a Jelly” will be open Sat., Jan. 30, weekends, holidays and school vacation weeks after the expo. All other exhibits will be open.
What’s with the free samples?
Think more like a tasting instead of Halloween. Most vendors will offer small taste samples of their products. In many cases you get to talk to the folks who make the products you are trying. Then you can purchase take-home quantities of what you like.
Is it only chocolate?
Heavens no! Interspersed with fine chocolatiers and some fun products like chocolate infused Brussels sprouts and chocolate covered bacon are tasty treats like cotton candy made from maple sugar, Caribbean rum cakes, a guy with 40 varieties of seed and nut butters, edible cookie dough, exotic olives and pickles. There are non-food items too, some chocolate, some not, like chocolate soap. Check the vendor list.
Do you offer products for special diets?
Yes, vendors include those with vegan, organic, all-natural, no-sugar-added, gluten-free and kosher foods.
What about allergies?
Many vendors offer products that contain common food allergens such as wheat, soy, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, etc., or are manufactured in facilities with these products. If you have food allergies, we suggest that you consult with your healthcare provider before attending Chocolate Expo.
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