After the Chocolate Show I went to the World Financial Center to see Canstruction, an annual design competition and exhibition that benefits City Harvest. Twenty-six design and architecture firms participated in the event and built sculptures out of cans, which are on display throughout the Winter Garden. The sculptures are very impressive and have accompanying artistic statements. My only complaint is that the layout/continuation of the event isn’t well labeled. I thought I saw all of the sculptures, but when I looked at an article online about the exhibit, I realized I missed a few. I would have loved to see the can version of the Brooklyn Bridge!
Visitors are asked to bring canned goods, which are donated to City Harvest, along with the cans that are used for the sculptures. I brought vegetarian baked beans. Canstruction is on view until November 21, from 9am-6pm daily at 220 Vesey Street. For more details about Canstruction, visit the website here.
Today I attended the 14th annual NYC Chocolate Show, which is open until Sunday (tomorrow) at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The Chocolate Show consists mostly of vendors selling and sampling chocolate, but there are also cooking demonstrations, book signings, and children’s activities. There are some seemingly unrelated booths promoting alcohol, spices, NYTimes subscriptions, etc…but for the most part the show will appeal to chocoholics. The first day of the show there was a chocolate fashion show and the wears can be seen on mannequins scattered throughout the room.
Some standout booths were American Heritage Chocolate (historically inspired colonial hot chocolate), Chocolate for the Spirit (costumed salespeople selling adorable chocolate buddhas), Gnosis Chocolate (raw/vegan chocolate), and Maison Boissier (colored chocolate petals).
I hadn’t been to the show in several years and my only complaint is that the event is now condensed to one room, which was packed with people. I also think the admission fee of $30. is high, but you can bring two children for free per ticket. For more information about the Chocolate Show, check out the site here.