The sidewalks along North Shattuck Ave. in the Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley are the target of artists young and old, professional and greenhorn during the 17th annual CHOCOLATE & CHALK ART FESTIVAL on Saturday, June 1 (rain date June 8).
With no fees to artists, areas of sidewalk will be assigned to participants to create their own fanciful chalk drawings. A CHALK ART CONTEST for the best drawing will be judged after 4 p.m. First prize is $250 cash and runners-up get gift certificates from local merchants. Winners will be notified by Monday after. Same-day art registration takes place 10AM-5PM in event booths located at 1495 and 1673 Shattuck Ave. where special artist's chalk is available for $10. See last year's winners at www.chocolateandchalkart.com.
To EAT CHOCOLATE start by purchasing a packet of tickets online at BrownPaperTickets.com/event/323652 (20 for $20) or at event booths located at 1400, 1495 and 1673 Shattuck Ave. The to-go menu features picante habañero chocolate chunks gelato, Nutella crepes, adult brownies, or savory chocolate ricotta pizza, Caribbean chocolate soup, chicken molé and lots more. Spend your tickets on these delights available in the local businesses then savor your chocolate as you stroll along the sidewalks, viewing the artwork. Or enter your tickets in a raffle for specialty chocolate items.
Vendors with chocolate, chocolate-related items, and handmade arts and crafts fill the blocks between Rose and Vine Streets. There's even a car to draw on with chalk. A special children's area at 1673 Shattuck Avenue has pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatable bounce houses, jugglers, face painters and many more surprises.
This is a family-friendly free event produced by AnotherBullwinkelShow.com 510.548.5335 and sponsored by the North Shattuck Association (www.northshattuck.org), City of Berkeley, Art Kapoor Realty, and East Bay Express. For a good time take BART to downtown Berkeley and stroll north six blocks.
Gourmet Ghetto (View)
1400-1800 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709