But that's all gone as soon as I landed at Orly airport. The first night I dined with a chocolate friend at Pottoka opened by the chef Sébastien Gravé. It's informal modern French restaurant with reasonable prices.
The following day was dedicated fully for the chocolate show. I arrived the time the show was opened and I didn't regret it. As the first hour and half the big crowds that are typical to the show weren't present.
The show was spread over 2 floors. In the lower level there was a small section for professionals who would like to find out about the latest machinery to make the next best chocolate, the countries booths and the area of the patisseries challenge.
The top floor was mainly the chocolatiers selling the merchandises and the stage for the fashion show.
There are a few things that caught my eye in the show.
- The present of so many Japanese chocolatiers. I count and there were 10. If it's not enough some of the French chocolatiers hired Japanese to work at their stalls.
- Chocolate shop from Hakata in Fukuoka Japan produce those chocolate truffles that are sweeten by sweet potato.
- A Morin chocolate produce horse milk chocolate.
- Dari K sells lip balm made of chocolate. You can eat of course.
More photos from the show:
|Le chocolat des Français made by young French people, they got cool packages|
|Very nice bean to bar by Cacao Store from Japan. My favourite one was the bar from Peru|
|Cacao hunters made by Mayumi Ogata in Colombia|
|Cocoa of Excellence works on rating the beans for farmers|