The “Choco Factory and Museum,” which will operate for six months from the opening of the 79th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) on 6 September, is expected to welcome over 500,000 visitors, according to creators TIF-Helexpo.
Thessaloniki’s “Choco Factory and Museum” is a complete theme park of international standards with educational and recreational content. It is located on the premises of TIF-HELEXPO and constructed according to the latest safety specifications.
According to TIF-Helexpo, the impressive theme park has attracted the interest of both Greeks and foreigners from neighbouring countries. Travel agencies from the Balkans have included visits to the “Choco Factory and Museum” in travel packages to Greece, while schools from Northern Greece have expressed an interest in visiting the city and touring the theme park.
During the six months of its operation, the “Choco Factory and Museum” will be enriched by a schedule of parallel events, depending on the time period (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc.).
The creators are considering to extend its six-month operation period and may transport the “Choco Factory and Museum” project to other cities, since there is interest in both Greece and the Balkans, in general.
Among the most important sections of the “Choco Factory and Museum” are the following:
The most impressive feature of the park can be seen by every visitor! The free flow of melted chocolate is always a delight… the only Chocolate Waterfall in Europe and one of the largest in the world.
The most delicious museum! The “journey of chocolate” is exceptionally interesting, coming alive before the eyes of visitors. The first stop is in front of the enormous cocoa tree, the first museum depiction of the global history of chocolate and its evolution in Greece. At the same time, through various exhibits and super-sized books and display cases, visitors will discover the main stages of processing and producing chocolate, from the tree and the bean, the pots and moulds, dark and white chocolate leaves, to the final form that reaches consumers. The visit will continue in a unique setting with impressive jungle depictions and Inca temple ruins.
Gallery – Exhibition space
The main feature of this area is an enormous, three-dimensional relief map of our country, made completely out of chocolate. The main historical monuments, also made of chocolate, decorate the map and inspire visitors to discover our “sweet Greece” in the most unique way. The area also exhibits sculptures made of chocolate!
Visitors can touch their dream here! Participation in the 2 workshops begins with an impressive experiment. Children then put on toques, gloves and aprons before coming into contact with sweet temptation: standing before large benches and beside the large chocolate fountain, they will create and package their chocolate constructs. Visitor participation in the workshops will be verified with a seal.
Young and old visitors are transformed with the most delicious colors. Specially trained artists paint smiling faces using brushes dipped in actual chocolate.
Other sections of the “Choco Factory and Museum” include a Chocolate Library, an Amazonian Hut – Projection Hall, a Biscuit Workshop, a Chocolate Chemistry Lab, a Maze – Pirate Ship, a GreenBox Room and an Educational Area.
The “Choco Factory and Museum” is being exclusively sponsored by Greek companies that dominate their fields. The Grand Sponsor is the ION chocolate industry. Other sponsors include Papadopoulou biscuits, Kri-Kri dairy products, Isomat construction materials and the National Bank of Greece while valuable assistance is also being provided by the Thessaloniki Dental Association, the Hellenic Pastry Chef Club, the Confectioners’ Guild of Thessaloniki and the Photography Centre of Thessaloniki.
Photo © TIF-Helexpo