Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival poster
"Chocolate Moose" chalk art by Jennifer Wang 2009


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Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival

Saturday, June 4, 2011, 10am-5pm
North Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley.

Take BART to downtown Berkeley and walk north six blocks.

Chalk Art Contest!
Eat Chocolate!
Free Admission.

Chalk Art Contest 2010
1st Prize Winner

Chocolate: An Ancient Treat by Athena Lorente

See all the 2010 chalk art contest winners >

Chocolate: An Ancient Treat by Athena Lorente

My piece shows a “Danzante” from Oaxaca, Mexico. His outfit and dance tells the story of the conquest, by Hernan Cortez, of the state of Oaxaca. The conquest caused the different indigenous groups living in the area to eventually collapse; yet they learned to love each other. The Woman is dressed in another indigenous costume, and is carrying a basket full of souvenirs to share with the other indigenous groups. Chocolate has been consumed by Mexican tribes since ancient times. Chocolate was exported from the Americas by the Europeans and then commercialized. In Mexico, chocolate is still consumed as in ancient times. It is used for hot drinks, to cook meals such as molé, and to present as offerings to our ancestors. Chocolate is always present in our most important events. Today there are about 16 different indigenous groups and about 52 different dialects plus Spanish in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. These ancient tribes share and carry their traditions with pride.

Athena Lorente, First Place Winner, 2010 Chocolate and Chalk Art Contest, Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA -- 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 15th annual CHOCOLATE & CHALK ART FESTIVAL on Saturday, June 4.

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. Same-day registration takes place 10AM-5PM in event booths located along North Shattuck Ave. Artist's chalk is available for a fee.

Art Nouveau Woman chalk art by Natasha Robinson

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 raw dark chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache cupcakes, Nutella crepes, adult brownies or savory chocolate ricotta pizza, Caribbean chocolate soup, or the weirder chocolate foot massage! Spend your tickets on these delights in the businesses in the district.

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. See last year's chalk art contest winners. This is a family-friendly, non-alcoholic event.

Produced by Another Bullwinkel Show 510.548.5335 and sponsored by the North Shattuck Association. Take BART to downtown Berkeley and walk north six blocks.

Kids sidewalk art



Schedule and Entertainers | Eat Chocolate!

Sponsor the festival | Get your logo chalked by an artist

Thanks to our Sponsors!

City of Berkeley North Shattuck Association Berkeley Art Center Philz Coffee AAA

Media Sponsors:
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For large print, Braille, or sign language interpreters call 510.548.5335 at least
one week prior to event.