Is it just my imagination, or does mountain air make even the best food taste better? I'll have a chance to put my theory to the test at the first annual Chocolate Festival at Zermatt Resort, coming up this Saturday, Feb. 23, from 2-5 p.m. The festival will feature local Utah chocolate makers, including Hatch Family Chocolates, Fernwood Finest Candies, Food of the Gods Chocolatier, Chocolot and Homestead Fudge, all offering unique displays and free samples. At the festival, Zermatt will introduce their new "LavaFlow," a decadent dark hot chocolate drink. Activities include live music and a cupcake decorating station for kids. Entrance is $11.99 per person.
After the festival, Z's Steak and Chop Haus will host a chocolate-themed dinner that includes dark chocolate and espelette soup; halibut, duck breast or chateaubriand prepared with subtle chocolate flavors; warm cinnamon donuts with Swiss chocolate fondue; and chocolate-covered pretzels. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 435-709-9572. The dinner is $59.99 per guest with wine pairings available for $35.99 extra.
Zermatt in Heber Valley is a charming Swiss-themed resort with an amazing spa and access to Heber Valley's geothermal crater for swimming. It's a charming place to visit any time of year, for couples, families, reunions or groups.
Photo courtesy Zermatt Resort in Midway, Utah