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9.18.15 Issue

by Rachel Martin, Vice-President of Public Relations, NCJW-Omaha Section

It’s the sweetest time of the year as the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Omaha Section prepares to host the 5th Great Omaha Chocolate Festival on Oct. 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at the La Vista Conference Center, located at 12520 Westport Parkway (I-80 and Giles Road) with plenty of free parking.

Peanuts Cartoonist Charles Schulz said it best, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” His philosophy was confirmed as last year’s Chocolate Festival brought in more than 5,000 chocolate lovers! With more vendors this year, NCJW has expanded its space at the Conference Center.

Chocolate Festival Chairperson Roxanne Kahn explained that this year will include many new features such as the Kid Zone, where children can play games, do coloring activities, get their faces painted, and, of course, have chocolate.

“There will also be a new Baker Candies Amazing Race activity where participants can fill out the questionnaire with fun facts about the Festival in order to receive a Bakers Candies prize introducing their new flavor, white-chocolate strawberry,” Kahn said. “We will also have a new option to cast a vote for your favorite chocolate item to be entered into a raffle for exciting prizes from each vendor.”

More than 20 vendors are returning with chocolate, candy, baked goods, breads, rolls, popcorn, frozen treats, chocolate milk, personal beauty shops and more.  Students from the Iowa Western Community College Bakery and Pastry Arts Program will perform baking demonstrations and hand out samples throughout the afternoon. Among the nearly 20 new vendors are boutiques, more popcorn, more chocolate specialists, more bakeries, pet supplies, and more personal beauty shops.

Reduced admission to the Chocolate Festival is available online at and at Garbo’s Salons – Regency until the day of the event with three samples for children and five samples for adults.  Admission at the door is $5 for children (three samples) and $7 for adults (five samples). Additional sample tickets can be purchased during the Chocolate Festival, and products can be purchased directly from vendors.

Visit and for more details and continued updates. NCJW is still looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event. If you are available (and would like two free samples!) please contact Tina Meyers at 402.968.0352 or