UPDATE 12/03/15 1:54 p.m.: Due to anticipation of rain, the event has been moved indoors next to Dunkin’s Diamonds in building B120 of the University Plaza.
Gulf Coast Town Center will be hosting a festival in honor of two of college girls’ favorite things — chocolate and wine — on Friday, Dec. 4. With free admission and a good cause in mind, the festival will be sweet in more ways than one.
From 6 to 8 p.m. attendees can sample chocolate creations from local restaurants, try festival holiday spirits, enjoy live entertainment by The Chicago Mob and take part in a silent auction.
While admission is free, $1 tickets will be sold that can be traded to booths dispensing chocolate and wine samples. Chocolate items include red velvet brownies, chocolate dipped petits fours, almond and chocolate croissants, chocolate martinis, turtle brownies, Kahlua brownies, chocolate Italian ice, ice cream, assorted wines, chicken mole sauce, candies and more.
The silent auction has dozens of items and packages including a chocolate diamond pendant and necklace from Dunkin’s Diamonds, tickets to Universal Studios Orlando, Sea World Orlando, the Miami Zoo, theater and symphony tickets, hotel stays, canoe/kayak rentals, dinners and much more.
All proceeds will benefit the upcoming March Southwest Florida Reading Festival, hosted by the Lee Country Library System.
On Facebook, more than 1,000 people are interested and more than 1,400 people have noted that they will be attending Friday’s event.