The Beirut Cooking Festival and the Salon du Chocolat Beirut return to BIEL from 16-18 November for their seventh and fourth editions respectively. Celebrating the richest flavors and latest trends in gastronomy, the shows welcome chefs, experts and professionals, who will share their passion for food, drink and lifestyle with more than 15,000 visitors over the course of three days.

Taking place concurrently, the Salon Du Chocolat Beirut hosts over 60 stands showcasing the latest in chocolate, pastry and confectionery

Chocolate Sculpture
New for 2017, the Salon du Chocolat welcomes acclaimed Lebanese artist, sculptor and poet Rudy Rahme and Chef Charles Azar at a very special event. The duo will be unveiling a unique chocolate sculpture created especially for the show, which will be on display throughout the festival. The impressive art piece FIRE DANCE (when women dance in the fire there are flames of eternal movement the alphabet flows like the taste of love ... and suddenly freezes!) will be on display throughout the festival for visitors to view.

Fashion Show
Food and fashion join forces at the chocolate Fashion Show, where Lebanese designers and renowned pastry chefs will work hand in hand to create fabulous dresses made out of chocolate. A total of 13 dresses will be showcased on the runway, and visitors will also be able to see the dresses on display on the remaining days of the event. This year’s show, which takes place under the theme “Winter Wonderland,” welcomes designer to the stars Jean Louis Sabaji, who will be collaborating with Lebanese master consultant chef Charles Azar to create the Fashion Show’s masterpiece.

Chocolate Sculpture Competition
Rahme and Azar will oversee the Chocolate Sculpture Competition where more than 10 students from the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (Alba) will go head-to-head in a competition to sculpt the most impressive work of art from a block of chocolate. The theme of the competition is “Musical Ear.” The final pieces will be displayed throughout the remaining days of the show

Choco Demo
20 of the country’s top pastry chefs will host a series of demonstrations and live workshops at the Choco Demo, where visitors will be able to learn how to recreate delicious pastry items.

Salon du Chocolat Junior
A special tasting area for children will be available at the show where kids will learn about food through hands-on activities.

Taste & Flavors Cake Decorating Competition
Talented home cooks and foodies will showcase their talent in decorating “Winter Wonderland” inspired cakes live at the Taste & Flavors stand. A jury of pastry professionals will be awarding the most skilled decorator with a special prize.

Joumana Dammous-Salame, managing director of Hospitality Services and event organizer says, “This is a true celebration of the richest flavors and latest cookery trends. Food is at the heart of Lebanese culture and we are honored to host an event of this magnitude to unite those that share a passion for gastronomy, while elevating the profile of Lebanon as a center for culinary excellence.” Salame added “There are many new things taking place at the Salon du Chocolat Beirut this year which will be exciting for our visitors to witness. Being the only event of its kind, we are thrilled to bring a world of chocolate back to the capital.

Beirut Cooking Festival and Salon du Chocolat; 16 – 18 November, Biel; 3 - 10 pm -