The sidewalks along North Shattuck Ave. in the Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley are the target of artists young and old, professional and greenhorn during the 12th annual CHOCOLATE & CHALK ART FESTIVAL on Saturday, May 31. Please note that this is a new venue for this event.
With no fees to artists, areas of sidewalk will be assigned to participants to create their own fanciful chalk drawings. A CHALK ART CONTEST for the best drawing will be judged after 4 p.m. Winners will be notified the following day. First prize is $250 with $50 gift certificates from Elephant Pharmacy awarded for runners up. Same-day registration takes place 10AM-5PM in event booths located at 1451, 1607 & 1752 North Shattuck Ave. Artist's chalk is available for a fee.
For CHOCOLATE SAMPLING start by purchasing a packet of tickets (10 for $10) at any of the registration sites. The to-go menu features organic café mocha, chocolate mochi ice cream, and spicy chocolate tandori chicken, as well as the weirder chocolate fried wontons, chocolate garlic clusters, and chocolate soap! Spend your tickets on these delights in the businesses flying festival balloons. See the full CHOCOLATE & CHALK ART FESTIVAL schedule.
Vendors with chocolate-related items and hand made arts & crafts fill the Farmer’s Market area, music fills the air, clown’s laughter fills your heart, and many more surprises fill your senses as you stroll along the sidewalks viewing the artwork that remains in place for the next two weeks.
Added by brad_froehle on May 27, 2008