NORMAN, OK – Join Firehouse supporters and chocolate lovers to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Chocolate Festival on January 28, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The National Center for Employee Development (Postal Training Center - NCED), located at 2801 State Highway 9, East. “We are excited that the venue will provide a more spacious setting for the festival and are looking forward to expanding selections this year,” said Executive Director, Douglas Shaw Elder. “Last year’s large turnout dictated that we move the event to a larger venue.  And, we are also restricting the number of tickets offered in each time slot in order to improve the overall experience for attendees.”


Children will have the opportunity to design their unique vision for the Firehouse “Creative Cube Project.” They will be able to submit photos of their cubes to the Firehouse Art Center’s Facebook page where the public will be able to vote for their favorites. The most popular “cube” from each division will be eligible for a free art class and Chocolate Festival tickets for 2013. All children are encouraged to participate in these free events; paid admission to the Chocolate Festival is not necessary. Firehouse faculty and University of Oklahoma Fine Art students will assist children with their work. Instructors will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss the children’s and adult art education programs at the Firehouse Art Center as well as educational efforts at local schools.


The Firehouse Art Center’s Chocolate Festival was voted “Best Local Festival” in the 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards from The Norman Transcript, received “the Best of the Best 2011” as Best Charity Event from Oklahoma Magazine and won the 2009 Frontier Country Grand Award for Outstanding Food Festival in Central Oklahoma. It has been ranked third among food festivals in the U.S. by the Food Network and has been featured in Southern Living magazine.


The Chocolate Festival is the Firehouse Art Center’s only annual fundraiser and membership drive. All proceeds from the annual Chocolate Festival help support children’s arts education, exhibits and programs, such as Art Education in Schools, offered to the community by the Firehouse Art Center.  Find additional information on the website,


ABOUT THE NORMAN FIREHOUSE ART CENTER – The Norman Firehouse Art Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization that serves Norman and surrounding communities by offering visual art classes for students of all ages, as well as gallery exhibitions of the highest quality and original artwork for purchase in the gift shop.