More chocolate this weekend at the ever so charming chateau de Vaux le Vicomte. This event is on through Monday so hurry over to Melun, a mere 30 minutes from Gare de Lyon.
Vaux is my absolute favorite chateau. I'll take it any day over Versailles, in fact a copy of Vaux le Vicomte yet much more unmanageable.
Miss the crowds and masses of tourists and head to Melun I say!
Do check the hours of the special navette/bus to the chateau. They depart at 10,12 and 2 pm. Then just a 12 minute ride away from the train station et voila.
Yes it was rainy yesterday. but no matter. It's still a glorious experience and I had no brolly ;))
This is a side view of the chateau but I've written about it many, many times if you want the 'full monty'.
2013 is the 400th anniversary of landscape artist, Andre Le Notre who created the magnificent gardens at Vaux,(and Versailles after) so the guest chocolatiers made homages in his honor.
Sadaharu Aoki has created the centerpiece in the grand ballroom.
Before you enter the ballroom you'll get a chance to wander leisurely though out the chateau, without being trampled I might add like in some places...
And very grand it is too
Back to the chocolate salon. MOF Chocolatier Bellanger was very kind...
To provide us all with steaming cups of thick hot chocolate.
Mazet confisier is too kind,
Providing greedy paws with many delicious praline bites
At Sadaharu's stand you can taste exotic Yuzu and the vert macarons
Chef Frederic Cassel, was involved in quite serious work...
Though some might call it 'child's play' ahem...
Dipping macarons into hot chocolate, then in chopped nuts and lining them up to cool - the ultimate macaron sucette/lollypop.
More dipping chocolate
For the chefs at Des Lis
The results? Pralines amandes, noisettes, fondant et crousstilant enrobe de chocolat au lait et sucre glace. Miam miam
I was flirting madly with their poppy syrup but ended up with a bag of Coquelicot de Nemours hard candies, said to be excellent for sore throats.
Beautiful bars/tablettes everywhere you looked...
And of course macarons
Another of my favorite tiny boxes - these are filled with different flavored caramel from MOF Arnaud Larher...
While it was pouring chocolate inside the ballroom outside the drizzle continued but no spirits were dampened. Why should they be? Monday is a national holiday so the Chocolat Salon continues. Don't miss it. It's loads of fun I promise!