I doubt I’ll make it over to Seattle by October 23rd and 24th, but if I could, you would find me at The Northwest Chocolate Festival. A benefit for Seattle Tilth community gardening organization, this appears to also be a one-of-a-kind event for chocoholics with a conscience. You have to scroll down a bit on their “demos & classes” page to find them, but there are several talks one can attend on fair trade chocolate and what that really means. I think for many people who are obsessively food conscious, coffee and chocolate (and bananas!) are some of the last non-local products that we buy (as in, from the other side of the planet). And if we’re going to buy them (which we will, because we are addicts!) we might as well know the stories behind what we’re buying and pay a fair price to the people who are planting, tending, and harvesting our precious substances. A day pass is only $12.50 in advance (Kids only $5), an amazing deal considering the array of classes, talks, and chocolates one gets to experience!