Film festival is a sweet deal

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The most romantic day of the year is fast approaching for couples everywhere, but there is a second treat for chocolate lovers just a week after Valentine’s Day.

Even those who have been sticking to new year pledges to lose weight may find a special event on February 21 hard to resist.

In a real sweet treat, Whittlesey Library will play host to a Chocolate Film Festival with an afternoon and evening devoted to both food, drink and the cinematic experience.

The event is being run by the Friends of Whittlesey Library in partnership with Arts Alive in Libraries.

Any money made will go back to the library which is based in Market Street.

The day’s activities all take place inside the library’s community hub, beginning with a chocolate demonstration at 2pm from chocalatier Sara Fowler.

Visitors will have the chance to try and buy her chocolate before a showing of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp.

To attend both activities, tickets cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.

A family ticket for one adult with two children costs £7.50.

Following that, Sara will be delivering a talk on chocolate making at 7pm.

There will also be a chance to sample profiteroles from four different supermarkets before trying to tell the difference between them.

Once that is finished, the film Chocolat which stars Juliette Binoche and Judi Dench will be screened.

Whilst the afternoon is more of a family occasion, the evening is being prepared more with adults in mind and the organisers are hoping to have wine available.

Tickets are the same price for the evening, but with no family deal.

The films are being shown on a big screen which is being brought in especially for the day.

There will be room to seat 60 people for both the afternoon and evening events.

A raffle will also be held with the winner of the golden ticket receiving a golden shoe.

Bev Bates, chair of the Friends group, is excited about the festival.

She said: “We are really keen to have things on in the library that people do not expect, so they will come again.

“Although I think by the end of the day I will be chocolated out!”