NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Chefs from area restaurants, caterers, bakeries and candy shops will showcase their best chocolate desserts, candies and creations at the Chocolate Love A'fair, sponsored by the Union Hospital Auxiliary.

The 11th annual event will take place Saturday, Feb. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at J.I.M.s Place on West High Ave. in New Philadelphia.

For their $7 ticket chocolate lovers will be able to make the rounds of the chocolate vendors and take a sample from each. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Dante's Pizza and Pasta House in New Philadelphia and Buehler's Parkside in Dover, the Pro's Table in New Philadelphi, and the Corner Shop gift shop at Union Hospital.

In addition to sampling the wide assortment of chocolate creations, a live auction will offer a wide assortment of chocolate desserts, gift certificates, gift baskets, cakes and candies.

Lynn Ballantyne of Dover serves as Auxiliary's co-chairperson of the event and says it has continued to grow in popularity and excitement in each of its first ten years.

To recognize the public's favorite chocolate creations, those attending the Chocolate Love A'fair will be asked to choose the winner of the "Chocolate Lovers' Choice" award. Celebrity judges will also be selecting entrees for "Judges' Chocolate Choice" award.

The Chocolate Love A'fair event is a fundraising project of the Union Hospital Auxiliary. Proceeds from the event are used by the Auxiliary to purchase medical equipment for the hospital.