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Taste of Chocolate brings happy crowd to Old Town

By: Ashley Baer
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Gloomy weather didn’t deter chocolate lovers Sunday. Though rain threatened all afternoon, the Taste of Chocolate in Old Town Auburn had a “very steady, happy crowd,” according to Carol Francis, co-chair of the American Association of University Women, Auburn Chapter, which coordinated the event. “The chocolate is the best we’ve had,” Francis said. “This year (the merchants) really upped the quality of the chocolate.” And it’s that high-quality chocolate that keeps the tasters wanting more. In from Rocklin, Mitch and Ika Gilbert attended for the first time this year and left with a box brimming with goodies. “But it won’t be our last time (to attend),” Mitch Gilbert said. Proceeds from the chocolate tasting benefit the Old Town Medical Museum and university women education programs. — Ashley Baer