Clarksville Parks & Rec Chocolate Affair



Juanita Heaton, Linda Wines, Anne Baldwin, Ella Baldwin, Renee Stocks & Yvette Hawkins

Clarksville's chocolate lovers recently enjoyed one of their favorite events of the year as Clarksville Parks & Recreation hosted its annual Chocolate Affair at Wilma Rudolph Event Center.

Once again, Kara Zahn headed up the popular event. Rob Rayburn took a moment to talk about why the Chocolate Affair is so beloved.


“We've been doing this for seven years now,” Rayburn said. “We sold out this year's evening session within two weeks. Shortly after, we sold out the afternoon session as well. This is a ticketed event, so we can only accommodate 300 people at each session.”


Guests buy their tickets for $15 each. When they arrive, they visit more than a dozen vendors set up with unique offerings, some savory, some sweet. They may sample everything from a traditional ice cream to a very creative chicken wing prepared with a spicy/savory rub that includes a hint of cacao.


“We had live jazz playing the afternoon of our event,” Rayburn said. “And this year, we had 13 vendors from throughout the community. Local businesses like B's Cheesecakes and national brands like Culver's and Publix were on the scene. Everyone works really hard to create some really interesting and tasty items, and the guests always seem to love it.”


Tickets will go on sale for next year's event on Black Friday. More information may be found on The City of Clarksville's website www.cityofclarksville.com.


Story & Photography by Tony Centonze




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