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Love Jazz, Love Chocolate

Posted on June 2, 2011 9:23 AM by Meghan

The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is coming up and as someone is quoted as saying “it has the power to wake up our city after a long, cold winter.”  Lake Champlain Chocolates has been a part of the Jazz Fest for years, so long that I’m not sure anyone here can remember a time when we weren’t involved in some shape or form.

And why is this so?  This got me thinking that I should continue the theme of 5 things in common (started by my blog entry last week about running and chocolate).

Here are 5 things the Burlington Jazz Festival & Lake Champlain Chocolates have in common.


1. Art
“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.”  Charlie Parker, Jazz Legend

“Art has always been a part of making chocolates. It’s really been a part of Lake Champlain Chocolates since its inception.”  Jim Lampman, Founder & Owner of Lake Champlain Chocolates

2. 28 Years
1983 was the first year of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, the same year LCC was founded.

3. Accolades
Both the Burlington Jazz Fest and LCC have received numerous accolades over the years. 
“One of the top ten festivals in the world!” —The Music Festival Guide
“Some of the best chocolate in the country”- New York Times
Pretty impressive for two small organizations in little Burlington, Vermont.

4. Fresh
We use the freshest ingredients in our chocolates, including real maple syrup, rich cream and local honey.  And our chocolates are always made by hand and cut fresh right before delivery.
Jazz is constantly being reinvented, keeping it fresh and new every year. The 10 day festival brings the city alive with performances throughout downtown, combining incredible local talent with world-class performers.

5. Passion
I can’t think of two more passionate groups of people- jazz lovers and chocolate lovers.  Sounds like a good match to me.