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11th Obidos Int'l Chocolate Festival concludes in Portugal
Last Updated: 2013-03-18 11:30 | Xinhua
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The 11th Obidos International Chocolate Festival concluded here on Sunday with a total of some 150,000 visitors from home and abroad participating in the festival.

The festival, one of the most popular festivals in Portugal, is held annually in the small town of Obidos, some 80 km north of capital Lisbon, and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

This year's festival started on Feb. 23, with the theme "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," a well-known U.S. movie.

At the festival, a space was created for visitors to see how chocolates were produced and six sculptures depicting locations from the children's book and film were on display.

During the festival prizes were awarded for the most creative boxes in "My Chocolate Box" competition and an area focusing on chocolate-themed cookery books was also set up.

For the first time at the festival, visitors could try chocolate cocktails at a "research lab" and the usual show-cooking session was held, in which chocolates were used even in meat and fish recipes.

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