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Easter Programme at York's Mansion House Announced

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1:57pm 25th March 2013

The Mansion House is hosting an egg-citing programme of chocolate-themed events this Easter as part of the York Chocolate Festival.

York Cocoa House will be on hand to teach a variety of classes suitable for both adults and children, including how to make an Easter chocolate nest; make and decorate your own chocolate Easter egg and a chocolate truffle torte that you can take home and enjoy.

Children can also take part in the Lord Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt, where they will be given six clues that will lead to places around the city centre, with a chocolate surprise awaiting them at each one.

For adults, the Whisky Shop is holding a chocolate and whisky tasting, where guests can compare flavours and textures to find the ideal combination of the two.

Ever wondered what was in St Helen’s square before the Mansion House? Or what shops used to be in the square? The Mansion House will host ‘The quest for a Mansion, with views fit for a Lord’. The event will see local historian Ivan Martin exploring the background to the establishment of the Mansion House, Guildhall & council chamber and the history of the development of St. Helen’s Square.

There is also the chance to visit the Georgian Mansion House and see the staterooms, before heading to the kitchen to witness the Victorian Cook in full swing creating tasty chocolate treats. The cook will be portrayed by Dr Annie Gray, a food historian, who will explain the Victorian way of cooking and food preparation.

The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Keith Hyman, said: “York is well known for being a chocolate city, and the Chocolate Festival is one of the highlights of the year. Over at the Mansion House we have a great programme of events with something for everyone to get involved in.”

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