What's better than a nice cup of steamy hot chocolate on a cold winter day? Not too much. You have to admit it's comforting and delicious. That's why hot chocolate deserves its own festival. And, lucky for us, it's actually happening this Saturday, Feb. 17.

The First Annual Ashokan Hot Chocolate Festival is this Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm at the Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road in Olivebridge. There will be both indoor and outdoor activities, crafts, lunch and several great flavors of hot chocolate provided by executive chef Bill Warnes. Other activities include blacksmithing and broom shop demonstrations, guided hikes, and sledding on Hoot Hill, weather permitting.

Sounds like a fun day for the whole family! Tickets are only $5 at the gate, and include two varieties of hot chocolate made to order. For more information about this Saturday's Hot Chocolate Festival, check out their facebook page. Winter doesn't have to suck, come on out and embrace it with a nice cup of hot chocolate!

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