The History of the Festival
The concept of a community chocolate festival began with a dream shared between the creative and motivated individuals in Montrose to offer a new weekend event. During 2007, several Susquehanna County wineries began to present chocolate truffles by Chocolates By Leopold flavored by their best wines. This classic pairing of chocolate and wine encouraged the inclusion of wine in the festival.
After 11 years and raising over $280,000 for the county, organizers of the Montrose Chocolate and Wine Festival (CWF) have announced that in 2020, they will transition event coordination to the United Way of Susquehanna County.
“I am thrilled to announce that The United Way of Susquehanna County has officially accepted the offer to take over next year’s Montrose Chocolate and Wine Festival,” said Tom Follert, one of the event’s original creators and current event chair. “I am excited to hand off this event to an organization that will continue to give back to non-profits within the county, and will promote education and overall well-being for children and their families here in Susquehanna County.”
For United Way of Susquehanna County, which is focused on helping children, families, and the entire regional community, the event is a perfect fit. “We are looking forward to this opportunity and are excited as well”, said Bill Jones, President/CEO of United Way of Wyoming Valley, United Way of Susquehanna County and the Berwick Area United Way.
“The Chocolate and Wine Festival committee has created a great event that benefits the community in multiple ways. The United Way will work to ensure this event and tradition continues to be the success that it is.” The original concept of a community chocolate festival began with a dream shared between creative and motivated individuals in Montrose to offer a new weekend event. “A committed group of community volunteers has worked tirelessly over the years to plan a community event to kick off the start of spring and celebrate all this great community has to offer. It has been an honor and privilege to create an event that is supported by so many and benefits such worthy organizations serving residents of Susquehanna County,” said Follert.