2009 Salon du Chocolat opens in Paris

2009-10-14 18:15 BJT

Salon du Chocolat 2009 opens in Paris this week. Media were given a preview to the confectionary convention.

More than 400 exhibitors will display their latest and greatest in delicious developments to the public during the five-day event.

Belgian chocolate company Leonidas and Austrian crystal specialist Swarovski teamed together to build a replica of the Paris Opera with chocolate.

One stall took the form of a fishmonger to display chocolates in the shape of seafood. Another was made to look like a florist selling candied chocolates in the shape of pretty flowers.

Despite the economic crisis, chocolate sellers remain buoyant about the business as the sweet has shown a track record for defying bitter downturns.

Sylvie Douce, Commissioner General, Salon Du Chocolat, said, "Chocolate has sold well and during the 1929 crisis it was the same. Chocolate sellers increased sales. In fact, sales are inversely proportional to the economic crisis. The more people have stress and the more they are depressed, the more they buy chocolate."

For the past 11 years, the event also includes a charity fashion show, with a pageant of dresses designed by chocolatiers.

Opera singers took to the stage this year to display some of the designs.

French actress Marie Fugain presents a creation at the 15th Salon du Chocolat (Paris Chocolate Show) in Paris October 13, 2009.REUTERS/Benoit Tessier(FRANCE ENTERTAINMENT FASHION IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
French actress Marie Fugain presents a creation at the 15th Salon du Chocolat
(Paris Chocolate Show) in Paris October 13, 2009.REUTERS/Benoit Tessier