Chocolate Stroll returns June 5

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) today announced the 12th Annual Mount Vernon Chocolate Stroll will take place Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The chocolate event invites guests to stroll down Mount Vernon’s historic First Street where participating businesses and chocolate vendors will offer chocolate and chocolate products for sample and/or sale. A map of where to find chocolate for purchase will be available to all attendees. The map also works as a “passport” — attendees are invited to collect as many stamps on the map as possible to be entered into a drawing for a gift basket.

“We have had to adjust how we do festivals this year, and the Chocolate Stroll will be no different,” said Joe Jennison, Director of Main Street and Marketing for the CDG. “Masks are required inside shops and stores, and outside when not able to properly social distance. We plan to make this event safe and fun for young and old alike.”

Returning this year will be a Chocolate Candy Making demonstration by chocolate lover Erica McConaughy at 1 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room. The demonstration will be free and open to the public and will result in the creation of Chocolate-covered Peanut Butter Balls.

Kids’ games and face painting will take place at Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children’s events will include activities such as M&M Bingo and crafts throughout the day.

New this year will be a Chocolate Stroll Film Festival featuring chocolate-related short films. Submissions are welcome and must be five minutes in length or less, be original and chocolate related. Entries are to be submitted to Kira Moore at These will be shown continuously throughout the festival at the Bijou, 123 2nd St. SW.

“Mount Vernon is home to several chocolatiers and this event celebrates all of them,” said Chocolate Stroll Committee Chair Sherene Player. “This year’s event will include such specialties as chocolate raspberry scones, artisan chocolate bars, cheesecakes as well as the more traditional chocolate truffles, cupcakes, shortbreads and caramels.”

New chocolate vendors include Cheesecakes by Alissa, Bon Bons from A Chocolate Studio in North Liberty, Frosted Homemade Cupcakes from Lisbon, and chocolate-themed home décor from Chocolate Giggles from Nauvoo, Illinois,

Volunteers are still needed for the event.

A link to a volunteer sign-up is located here

A sponsor letter is available here:

A vendor application is available here

About the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group exists to improve the social and economic well-being of Mount Vernon and Lisbon by capitalizing on their unique identity, assets and character. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community in 2008, and practices economic development within the context of historic preservation.

About Main Street

The Main Street Approach is a copyrighted process of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The Program has been used in Iowa since 1986 with a total of 56 communities having participated.  Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community on March 4, 2008 by the State of Iowa, after submitting a comprehensive application and presenting to a select board of reviewers.

About Mount Vernon

Historic Mount Vernon, Iowa, is home to 4500 residents, including 1200 college students enrolled at Cornell College. Located in Eastern Iowa at the intersection of Highways 30 and 1, 20 miles north of Iowa City and 15 miles east of Cedar Rapids, it boasts a vibrant uptown business community with numerous antique and specialty stores, restaurants, coffee houses, commercial art galleries, and three National Historic Districts.