Whether it’s a weekend trip, a relaxed end to your vacation or an unforgettable beginning to the new school year, the chocolate festival at Rochsburg Castle in Lunzenau on the first weekend of August is the perfect destination for everyone interested in fun - and chocolate, of course!
Chocolate Bio & Fair
Bean to bar manufactory Choco Del Sol, itself located in Rochsburg Castle, is the organizer of this year’s festival. The chocolate manufactory produces handmade chocolate using only the highest quality cacao beans from Belize. Choco Del Sol’s beans come from a farmer-run cacao cooperative. Choco Del Sol’s philosophies regarding life, bean-to-bar chocolate production, organic farming, and fair trade influence the festival and give EuroBean its unique character.
Meet the Maker
The slogan “Meet the Maker” is especially relevant on Saturday and Sunday, from10am until 6pm. On these two days, visitors will have the special opportunity to taste chocolate and learn about its origins from the chocolate makers themselves.
Famous chocolate makers such as Edelmond from the Spreewald (Germany), Herufek from the Czech Republic, Cococaravan from England, and last year’s darling of the public, Josef Zotter from Austria, attended the 2017 EuroBean. Other international chocolate makers also attended to present their outstanding products. In addition, NGOs and local companies with a focus on fair trade and sustainability rounded out the festivals offerings.
Friday evening is our opening night, and we’re pulling out all the stops. We have a special offering for all those who want to be at the festival from the very beginning: the Grand Opening provides the perfect opportunity to get exclusive insight into this year’s festival program, meet the makers before anybody else does, and sample their chocolate ahead of time. You’ll also get to hear world traveller Gregor Siebök give a lecture on the origins of chocolate. For all music and dance enthusiasts out there, musical entertainment is also on the evening’s agenda. Click here for more information and ticket reservation.
Saturday Night Fever
Saturday night is dance night! After spending a day tasting fantastic and extraordinary chocolate, it’s time to have even more fun at Saturday Night Fever. Saturday Night Fever has one primary purpose: to celebrate and enjoy life. Shake a leg to great live music, or relax, sit back, and enjoy a cool drink while reliving the awesome day you just had. (Ticket reservation is coming soon.)
There are many events designed specifically for children, leaving no room for boredom. Kids will be able to attend a chocolate rally, go on treasure hunts, participate in arts and crafts projects and drum workshops, and watch performances by the VIVID puppet theater. A magic show with Papa Kai is sure to be another highlight. Meanwhile, parents will have time to drink whisky and rum and taste all the best chocolate, watch films and attend live performances by artists including the Berlin Stamping Feet and others. Workshops for adults will also be available.
Concerts, Workshops & more
If you want to learn more about chocolate, world explorer Gregor Sieböck is there to take you on an exciting and entertaining journey across the globe. Tracing chocolate’s footsteps, Gregor will share his adventures from the most remote areas of the earth, and illuminate the impressive amount of work and passion involved in the production of raw materials for high quality chocolate. Gregor will also talk about meeting kindred spirits, who are similarly searching for sustainable forms of production and consumption that allow them to live a respectful life in harmony with nature.
The festival will culminate in live musical performances on both Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as the awards ceremony on Sunday.
Apart from chocolate, there will be other delicacies to discover at EuroBean as well. These offerings and exhibits will also reinforce the principle of best organic food. From finger food to dining in a small restaurant, the spread will be extensive, diverse, and offer something for everyone.
One-day tickets (10 € per person, 50% reduction for trainees, students, and people with disabilities) und tickets for Saturday Night Fever (15 € per person) can be purchased during the festival at the entrance of Rochsburg Castle. Entry for children is free.
Click here for visitor information.