Eighth annual event to celebrate 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

moon landing with giant chocolate and cookie sculpture

The Chocolate Expo, America’s largest and most unique chocolate festival, will be returning to Long Island’s spectacular Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY, on Sunday, March 3, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

At The Chocolate Expo, attendees will get to taste, purchase, celebrate and otherwise indulge in delicious gourmet chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, cheeses, wines, spirits, hard ciders, craft sodas and much more from local and regional vendors, while touring one of the largest air and space museums in the world. 

In the Museum’s atrium lobby, guests will be greeted by Aurora Gourmet’s chocolate fountains overflowing with milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate to cover a choice of fresh fruits, marshmallows, pretzels and crisp rice treats.

Participating chocolatiers in this year’s event include Chocolate Moonshine, Chocolates U, Emalyn Sweets, Raw Chocolate Love, Twizzle’s Tasty Treats, Teacher’s Recipe Fudge, The Cocoa Exchange and The Pretzel Princess, among others. 

Unusual chocolate items at The Chocolate Expo include Bacon Bites’ chocolate-covered bacon, chocolate-flavored pumpkin seeds from Super Seedz, raw cookie dough treats from Whipped Up, chocolate vodka from Olde York Farm, chocolate wine from Pazdar Winery, chocolate soda from Drink More Good and chocolate-scented personal care products from ScrubIt NH.

Wine tastings and sales will be offered by Adirondack Winery, Fire Island Winery and Warwick Valley Winery. Ciders by Doc’s Hard Ciders and spirits from Lake George Distillery and Black Dirt Distillery will round-out the line-up of alcoholic beverages at this year’s Chocolate Expo. 

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, food artist Nancy Baker, who has been featured on Food Network, will re-create a scene from a famous photo of the moon landing using a delicious combination of chocolates, cookies and colored sugars.

More than 25 authentically-costumed Star Wars characters from the 501st Empire City Garrison will descend on The Chocolate Expo and be available for selfies and other picture-taking opportunities from approximately 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Free face painting and balloon twisting activities for children will take place in the Museum’s Junior Jet Club.

Admission to all air & space exhibits is included with admission to The Chocolate Expo.  Additionally, free admission to shows in the JetBlue Airways Planetarium (regularly $9/adult and $8/child) will be included, as well. “Space Junk” will be shown at 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

In partnership with the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Long Island Cares, a Food Drive will take place on the day of The Chocolate Expo at theCradle of Aviation Museum.  Guests are asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation, and it is not necessary to be a Chocolate Expo attendee to participate in the Food Drive since Long Island Cares donation bins will be located right in the lobby doorways of the Cradle ofAviation Museum for drop-off purposes.

Admission to The Chocolate Expo is only $15/adult and $10/child (ages 2-12), when purchased online from www.TheChocolateExpo.com, or $20/adult and $15/child (ages 2-12) at the door. For even greater savings, The Chocolate Expo’s “5PM Special” ticket is priced at just $10/person (all ages 2 and up) for admission after 5 p.m., when purchased online, and $15/person, when purchased at the door.

Because of the enormous interest in The Chocolate Expo, it is highly recommended that tickets be purchased online in advance atwww.TheChocolateExpo.com.

For more information and to purchase tickets online, see www.TheChocolateExpo.com.  Additional information about the NYCB PresentsCradle of Aviation Museum can be found at www.CradleofAviation.org.


The Chocolate Expo is a Baum Image Group event.  Prior creations of Baum Image Group include the official Woodstock 35th Anniversary Celebration in 2004 (under license from Woodstock Ventures) and the New York Chocolate Expo.


The Cradle of Aviation Museum celebrates the remarkable accomplishments and contributions of Long Island to our nation’s development and to the history of aviation.  The Museum features 75 fascinating exhibits, the Jet Blue Airways Planetarium and a historic carousel.

The Cradle of Aviation Museum is located on Museum Row/Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Garden City, NY, near the Nassau Coliseum, Nassau Community College and Hofstra University.  Visitors coming by car should take Exit M4 off the Meadowbrook Parkway onto MuseumRow.