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Salon du Chocolat

October 30-November 3, Porte de Versailles

This most decadent of expos just keeps getting bigger. The 2013 edition at the Porte de Versailles exhibiiton centre will fill 20,000 square metres with great names in chocolate and pastry from around the world, plus bakers, jam-makers and all manner of people whose days jobs are enough to make even the sweetest tooth ache – 400 of them in total. Plus there's the crystallised cherry on the humungous death-by-chocolate of the weekend: the chocolate dress fashion show.

The show is open from 10am-7pm, October 30-November 3, with tickets €6.50-€13 (free for under-3s).

For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

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