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Chocolate Creativity

Norman celebrates the sweeter things in life at the Firehouse Art Center’s 35th Chocolate Festival.


Norman’s Firehouse Art Center shares inspiration, delectation

The OKC metro area continues to grow by leaps and bounds – tens of thousands of new residents arrive every year, which means that despite the event being a mainstay of the state’s third-largest city for 35 years, there are people out there right now who have never been to the Firehouse Art Center’s Chocolate Festival. If that includes you, plan to rectify it immediately at the Jan. 28 festivities held in the Marriott at NCED on Highway 9.

Here’s the deal: A ticket to one of the hour-long sessions allows guest to ramble the assembled temptations from Norman favorites – such as La Baguette, Legend’s, Michelangelo’s, Natural Grocers, Eskimo Sno, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and many others – and choose 10 total treats from cake to truffles to freshly dipped strawberries. By the way, there’s no rule prohibiting you from using two of your samples on the same item; I once had three helpings of The Diner’s chocolate chili and felt no regrets (#chocfesthack).

And as befits the creativity of the host organization, the day also includes free art opportunities for kids as well as something new for 2017: Festival-goers will have a chance to buy $10 tickets and perhaps win one of six unique art pieces made by local artisans through a raffle during each session.

Proceeds will go directly toward art education programs at the Firehouse Art Center, which has been assiduously enhancing the community with creativity since 1971 through classes, exhibitions and events such as this one. Supporting it remains an excellent way to make Norman, and your month, a little sweeter.

Tickets are available now by calling the Firehouse at 329.4523, visiting or visiting the center at 444 S Flood. Don’t wait too long or your sweet tooth will be left feeling sour disappointment.