Oakdale Chocolate Festival
590 North Yosemite Avenue, Oakdale, CA, USA
Oakdale Chocolate Festival Reviews
Just a street festival with a few expensive chocolate venders. May 21, 2011
Once a year this rather small community of about 20,000 has a Chocolate Festival. The town is first known for being the “Cowboy Capital of the World” according to its motto. In 1965 it opened a branch of the Hershey Chocolate Company and employed nearly 600 people. But in 2008 Hershey sold the plant and moved its operations to Mexico. Sconza Candy Co. purchased the building and now continues to make candy there. But the town continues to hold a Chocolate Festival every year in its downtown park. The festival has turned into a street fair in recent years with over 150 vendors of just about everything you have ever seen, that has nothing to do with chocolate. There is a fairly large area for the classic car show that has become a part of the festival. But there were only about 10 or fifteen vendors selling anything to do with chocolate, most of which were various kinds of fudge, divinity, and chocolate covered fruit and selling for $15 to $20 per pound. The festival covers about four blocks, including two stages for music and a large kiddy ride area, enough greasy foods booths to choke anyone’s arteries and no place to sit and eat. They even had about a dozen cowboys who would break into a gunfight about once or twice each hour. But they were using flash bang ammo that is much louder than normal blanks so when they did start shooting people were more deafened that curious about it. Luckily that was in about the center of the area, and we tried to stay as far from it as possible.
We did get a chance to visit the Oakdale Cowboy Museum, which was inside the festival grounds. You can read my review on it, which is better that this one on the festival.
Part of the Chocolate, Cowboys, and Airplanes travel blog
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