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Chocolate Fantasia Awards 2017

Video and photos by Sandra Michaud

Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner gives opening remarks for Awards ceremony at Little Toad Creek Brewery.


A gathering of people were at Little Toad Creek Brewery on Saturday evening to celebrate the success of Chocolate Fantasia 2017. Three chocolate judges had sampled the chocolates in a blind taste test to decide who would be named the top chocolatiers, while a committee of 10 judges gave ratings to the business host decorations, averaging the scores to come up with the sites most in tune with this year’s theme, “Wild West Days.”


And of course, there were the People’s Choice Awards in both categories, voted on by festivalgoers who participated in the day. Over 10,000 pieces of chocolate were donated to raise funds for the Mimbres Region Arts Council.

The winners received a $25 gift certificate from Ace Hardware, fetishes from the Silver City Museum and a special commemorative tile from Syzygy.

The awards were:


People’s Choice Encore
1st Place Star Chocolatier-Diane’s Restaurant
1st Place Wonderful Chocolatier-Encore
2nd Place Wonderful Chocolatier-Silver City Museum
3rd Place Wonderful Chocolatier-Leyba & Ingalls
4th Place Wonderful Chocolatier-Kris’s Unique Boutique

Business Host Sites

People’s Choice-Millie’s Bake House
1st Place-Best in the West Award-Encore
2nd Place-High Desert
Hospitality Award-Millie’s Bake House
3rd Place-Leg Slapping Time Award-Curl Up & Dye
4th Place-Power & Light Press
Honorable Mention-Kris’s Unique Boutique

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