Salem So Sweet 2015: 5 Things You Can’t Miss

by Chris Ricci and Joey Phoenix

Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive. - Joanne Harris

Salem's So Sweet is a week long celebration of love, sweets, ice sculptures, special savings, events, surprises and more! 


To make sorting through the list of goings-on that much simpler, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite festival happenings.

But don’t just take our word for it, check out the Salem So Sweet 2015 Brochure for complete listings of tastings, events, and special offers.

1. Nothing Beats Chocolatey Sweets

Truly, what would a festival in February be without an endless supply of chocolate? Salem So Sweet provides festival-goers with countless ways to satisfy their inner chocoholic. Wander down Essex Street and stop into Turtle Alley Chocolates for Valentiney-themed decadence, or pop into Pamplemousse for complementary chocolate tastings from 2-4 PM on Saturday February 7 and Sunday February 8.  

Don’t worry, the magic isn’t reserved for Essex Street alone. Maria’s Sweet Somethings on Front Street has crafted an extravagant chocolate fountain to accompany their standard confectionary wizardry. Artemisia Botanicals is also whipping up something special with chocolate tea samplings on February 7, 8, and 14, and Harbor Sweets on Leavitt Street is offering 15% off your total purchase if you show them your brochure.

If you’re in the market for something a bit more substantial, but equally naughty, Victoria Station is offering a complimentary Ghirardelli Mousse with the purchase of an entrée. All you have to do is mention “Salem So Sweet” to your server to collect the goods.

2. Isn’t it nice? Artwork in Ice - Saturday, February 7

Work off that all that ganache with a mid-morning stroll through a Salem So Sweet showstopper, the ice sculpture exhibition. Various Salem business have sponsored local ice artists to create these frozen monuments. Themes this year include a mermaid, ruby slippers, and characters from Frozen. The artists will start crafting these masterpieces opening night, and they’ll be on display as long as weather permits.

In years past, the Salem Trolley has taken festival goers on an ice-sculpture tour, but the mountains of snow have made this opportunity impossible in 2015. Check your brochure map for sculpture locations, most of which will be conveniently placed along Essex Street.

3. So Much to Do, and Dinner for Two

Photo by Kali Platt

Photo by Kali Platt

Still have room for a meal after all those chocolatey delights? Salem So Sweet has made sure to include plenty of dinner options for anyone craving something a bit different. Those still looking for something sweet will love the 20% off deal at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt on Lafayette Street, which offers countless ways to make your frozen treat a perfect feast. Caffe Graziani is offering an all-inclusive five course wine dinner for only $75, but reservations are limited, so be sure to call and make reservations as soon as possible!  And what better way to end a perfect meal than with a delicious dessert? Both the Adriatic Restaurant and 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar are offering a free dessert with the purchase of an entrée.

4. Money a Bit Tight? Wonderful Deals in Sight

What better way to compliment a nice dinner than a night on the town? Salem is filled with history and unique stores, so it can be really hard to pinpoint where to go and what to see. Fortunately, So Sweet Salem is offering a wide range of discounts that make exploring this city even easier. Tickets at the Historic New England Phillips House will be two for the price of one,  and the Peabody Essex Museum will be offering free treats to all visitors. Remember Salem & Wynott's Wands will be hosting a craft fair from 12-5pm on the 14th while offering 20% store wide, and a Golden Ticket will save you up to 30% off at the Salem Witch Museum 

Besides the sights, many local stores will have sales that are too good to be missed. Coon's Card & Gift Shop  will be offering 25% off of your purchase, and RJ Coins and Jewelry will offer 20% off their wide range of diamond jewelry just in time for Valentines Day. And, don't worry, your fuzzy friends get to have fun too! The New England Dog Biscuit Company's 14oz bags of dog biscuits will be buy one, get one half off.

5. Tired of Clichés? See These Parodies

In addition to a whirlwind of tastes and sights, the fest will play host to an assortment of quirky events and activities. Mud Puddle Toys, Salem’s own whimsical toy store, will have make-your-own Valentines on Saturday February 7 and 14 from 1-3 PM, plus live music on Valentine’s Day. Exciting paint nights at Hawthorne Hotel and at Finz Seafood  and a special night of comedy rounds out the offerings. 

Looking for some more grown-up entertainment? Look no further than Passion Parties by Pam. They’re hooking up with Opus Underground and Cinema Salem for a Shades of Passion Movie Night Friday February 13 from 5:30-7:30, followed by a screening of the movie. Raffle entry and goodie bag are included with tickets. Also in the "Adult" category is Salem Theatre's presentation of Crime and Punishment with a buy one and get one free package. 

Also, don’t forget to pick up your Golden Ticket, for use at participating locations, and for a chance to win the Salem So Sweet Gift Basket!

Creative Salem is having a hashtag competition with a grand prize Salem gift pack worth over $200! Click here for details


For those of you less inclined to the sweet and lovey dovey nature of this celebration the folks that run the Monday Night concert series at Opus, It's Gonna Get Weird are having one heck of a concert/burlesques/sideshow extravaganza called Everyone I Love is Dead