Hannah Potenti, 6, of Hicksville, feeds her father, Chris Potenti...

Hannah Potenti, 6, of Hicksville, feeds her father, Chris Potenti of Floral Park, chocolate-covered strawberries Sunday at the annual Chocolate Expo at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Credit: Randee Daddona

The Chocolate Expo is set to return to Long Island on Sunday, March 27, bringing hundreds of sweet treats along with it.

"Our last event on Long Island was on March 1, 2020," says Marvin Baum, founder of Baum Image Group, the company behind the event. "We had hoped to be back the following year to celebrate our 10th anniversary of The Chocolate Expo at the Cradle of Aviation."

Baum and his group started planning the 2022 comeback event last July. "It wasn't until late January that we made the final decision to move forward with our expo," he adds.

Those attending this year’s program will have the opportunity to purchase and taste gourmet chocolates, fudge and chocolate-covered treats, as well as other food and drinks.

Baum notes there will be several new vendors to see. "We're just really happy to be back," he says.

Here are five things to catch at the expo.

1. The event will also once again host its "Hangar 2 Dance Party" featuring the 501st Empire City Garrison, members who wear authentic costumes from the "Star Wars" universe. It kicks off at noon.

The Chocolate Expo, seen here in 2020 at the Cradle of...

The Chocolate Expo, seen here in 2020 at the Cradle of Aviation museum in Garden City, is returning to the site March 27.  Credit: Chuck Fishman

2. Guests can also see the museum’s "Birth of Planet Earth" film in its JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium for no added fee. It will screen hourly between noon and 5 p.m.

3. Free activities like balloon twisting, face painting and other children-friendly activities will be happening in the expo’s "Kidz Zone," open at the event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

4. A new "Chocolate Challenge" interactive presentation will be led by food artist/sculptor Nancy Baker of starvingartz.com.

5. If you’re looking for any excuse to enjoy a chocolate treat, the "Chocolate Spa" hosted by skin care expert Cristy Bergeron, of ScrubIt NH, will return. Times are to be determined.

Additionally, a food drive to benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Long Island Cares will be taking place, so attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items for donation.

MORE INFO The Cradle of Aviation Museum on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Timed-entry tickets are $20, $15 ages 2-12 if purchased online; $30 and $20 ages 2-12 at the door. Guests pick the time of entry, but there is no predetermined exit time. $40 VIP tickets are also available online which include priority entry at any time and an insulated tote bag; buy tickets timed for after 5 p.m. and pay only $15 (all ages) online or $20 at the door, thechocolateexpo.com.

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