Food: the Chocolate Festival, plus where to buy the loveliest Easter Eggs & Bunnies

Whilst we’re partial to a Creme Egg (or two), we’re setting our sights on some more imaginative chocolately fun this Easter. First up, we’re going to the Southbank Chocolate Festival for some inspiration to see Chantal Coady (of Rococo Chocolates), Damian Allsop and more weave their cocoa magic. We’re looking forward to creating our very own chocolate bar at ChocoMe, tasting Jaz& Jul’s award-winning organic hot chocolate, walking through a forest of chocolate memories with Choconory, chocolate tastings at Seventy% and finally seeing what Easter gifts L’Artisan du Chocolat, The Chocolatier, Chocolate & Love, Hotel Chocolat and Rococo Chocolates have to offer. Meanwhile, however, we’ve been scouring the shops and internet – see below for our favourite Easter bunnies and treats.

These Chick paper eggs come with either dark sea salt caramel truffles or pink champagne truffles, £6.50 each at Prestat

OK, we know they aren’t chocolate but we couldn’t resist these little lamb vanilla and spice biscuits, £2.99 at Daylesford

Lots of eggs for a brilliant Easter Egg hunt, Splendid Sweets Hen Party £37.50 at Fortnum & Mason (they also have a jar for £12.50 if you don’t need so many).

We also like this mixed bag of Easter bunny chocolate shapes, £6 from Fortnum & Mason

And this handsome Large Sitting Rabbit, £17.95 from Rococo

Finally, we like the new Lindt Hens and thought Waitrose‘s offer of 3 for £3 was a bargain

The Chocolate Festival, plus where to buy the loveliest Easter Eggs & Bunnies
Chocolate Festival: 22-24 Mar 2013; 22-23 Mar, 11am-8pm & 24 Mar, 11am-6pm
Southbank Centre Square, (Behind Royal Festival Hall), Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Chocolate Festival is free
— Francesca
14th March 2013