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Mother's Day Saturday: Chocolate Fest in Encinitas

A walk through nature and nibbles galore? It's a nice way to celebrate.

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    Flowers and fun eats? Pencil in the Chocolate Festival, a Mother's Day Saturday tradition at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas.

    MOTHER'S DAY SATURDAY SWEETNESS: While some people quibble about Halloween decorations showing up on the store shelves in August and Christmas tinsel appearing before Halloween is even over, we can all agree that Mother's Day Saturday is a lovely development in the world of holiday extension. For Mother's Day, traditionally observed on the second Sunday of May, can pass too quickly all too often, especially if you only got to spend a few hours with your mom over omelets and mimosas. Planning an interesting out the day before frees your mom and you up to not be under the Sunday-morning meal pressure, though that, of course, can still be enjoyed, even if you do something on Mother's Day Eve.

    THE SAN DIEGO BOTANIC GARDEN... has become one of the go-to spots in this realm, both because it is an expansive, 35-acre spread filled with plants and trees and flowers, an ideal sort of place to wander with Mom while you chat and bond. But the Encinitas destination sweetens the deal on Mother's Day Saturday with a Chocolate Festival, a gathering that summons the gourmet-iest of candymakers from the region. And Mother's Day Saturday shall again have some sugar sprinkled on top when the Chocolate Festival sets up shop on...

    SATURDAY, MAY 9: Your paid admission to the garden gets you in, but bring some cash for tasting tickets (and your mom's tasting tickets, too, of course; we just know you're covering her in honor of her special day). The haute chocolate chefs will include David Bacco Chocolatier, Moo-less Chocolates, and Dallman Confections. As for what's in bloom in May around the grounds? Look for Orange Jubilee, Giant Birds of Paradise, and the Naked Coral Tree to be showing their petals and hues.