Photo: Long Island chocolate expo draws record crowd

Long Island Chocolate World Expo (LIR Photo by Alexi Knock)

Thousands of people from all over the New York Metropolitan area waited in line for hours to attend an event that could have made Willa Wonka himself jealous.

The Chocolate World Expo made its Long Island debut on Mar. 4 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.

The event, which featured 56 vendors handing out free samples to guests, broke a record for the most visitors to the museum in a single day.

“Everybody loves chocolate, and that’s why they flock to this,” said Marvin Baum, the producer of the expo.

Baum added that the expo is a certified farmer’s market that sells mostly local food.

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The Chocolate World Expo began in 2008 and now displays many goods other than chocolate such as hot sauce, muffins, wine and baked goods.

It was the novelty booths, however, that proved most popular. These featured a unique assortment of chocolate including chocolate covered bacon, chocolate soap and chocolate covered pickles.

Frank Campeau traveled all the way from Freehold, N.J., for the expo.

“The variety is unbelievable,” he said.