Bed and Breakfast Maine namely the Atlantic Birches Inn an Old Orchard Beach Inn would like to show you the Better Way To Stay and inform you of one of our favorite events of the year the Portland Chocolate Lovers’ Fling. In 1986, the idea of an event involving chocolate to raise funds for the Rape Crisis Center, Inc now know as (SARSSM), Support Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, was brought from Colorado to Maine.
The excitement and planning for such an event began to build quickly and on July 14, 1987 the first annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling was held in Cape Elizabeth. Over one hundred guests attended along with a few tired board members who worked late into the night making chocolate brownies and cookies. The Fling fundraiser brought in over $4,000 which has now become one of the most anticipated yearly annual event.
Now in its 25th year ( Silver Anniversary) the Chocolate Lovers’ Fling will be held Sunday April 3 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM. This event can no boast about the participation of more than twenty of the best York and Cumberland counties chocolatiers have to offer. They generously serve up their most delectable chocolate treats to support this important cause. Surround yourself with the finest chocolate sensations these area chocolatiers have to offer! Goodies to sample include cakes, candies, brownies, fudge, , cheese cakes, cannoli’s, needhams, whoopee pies, and other delicious chocolate concoctions.
It is definitely a chocolate gastronomical delight. The Fling attracts about a thousand chocolate lovers and SARSSM supporters who make a chocolate pilgrimage to the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine each year making the Chocolate Lovers’ Fling one of the best attended fundraising events in the State. The event raises over $20,000 annually making it SARSSM’s largest fundraiser and providing much needed funding to support the critical services provided to thousands throughout southern Maine.