I received an email invitation to this event a few days ago, got exceedingly excited, and will literally remain excited until the big day: the Chocolate Show, a worldwide celebration of All Things Cacao, is starting its world tour.

Over 65 exhibits include chefs using the miracle ingredient in unusual culinary creations, a Chocolate Beauty Pavilion (with mini-massages!), and—obviously—copious opportunities to taste. $28 to feel like a kid in a candy store again? Count me in.

Chocolate Show Schedule:

Paris: October 14-18, 2009
New York: October 30 - November 1, 2009
Shanghai: January 15-17, 2010
Japan: January - February 2010
Moscow: March 2010
Madrid: April 9-11, 2010

Then, on October 10 and 11, in tiny Oakhurst, Calif., there’s the annual Oakhurst Chocolate and Wine Festival. Located about an hour north of Fresno on the border of Yosemite National Park, this chocolate fête showcases vintages from local wineries and tantalizing cacao creations from the region’s best pastry chefs. Best of all: admission is only $2! Get your tix at the door or call 559/683-7766.

Catsby Holmes is an assistant research editor at Travel + Leisure.