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Vangarde 5th anniversary celebrated with giant chocolate sculpture by TV chocolatier

Vangarde Shopping Park in York is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a weekend of special events over Easter and a four-foot tall chocolate sculpture.

TV chocolatier Ashley McCarthy will unveil the edible creation on Thursday 18 April in the entrance of John Lewis at Vangarde. It will be in place for public viewing before being donated to York Against Cancer to be raffled off.

Local chef and chocolatier Ashley McCarthy features on Channel 4’s new series ‘Extreme Chocolate Makers’ which is set to air over Easter.

Ashley says: “I’m honoured to have been asked to create this huge piece for the Vangarde birthday weekend. The sculpture is certainly ambitious and will look spectacular once it’s in place.

“I wanted to feature elements of the shopping park within the sculpture, particularly its dedication to the environment and local community.”

Vangarde is planning Easter family fun, including special chocolate-making demonstrations by Ashley McCarthy, competitions, face painting and giveaways throughout Easter Saturday.

Centre Manager Deborah O’Donnell says: “We are so excited about the fifth birthday celebrations. I can’t believe five years has gone as quick as it has.

“The Vangarde team and tenants are really proud to have played a part in helping the shopping park grow in popularity in such a short amount of time.”

The park opened in 2014 to provide York’s only John Lewis department store, the region’s largest M&S store and a state-of-the-art Next store, alongside numerous eateries. Vangarde has maintained aims to be one of the most sustainable retail developments in the UK.

Thursday 18 April
Unveiling of the chocolate sculpture in John Lewis.

Friday 19 April
Chocolate sculpture on display in John Lewis.
Face painting, balloon modelling and The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust children’s craft activities in Next from 11am-3pm.
Facebook competition to win £500 voucher to spend at Vangarde.*

Saturday 20 April
Chocolate sculpture on display in John Lewis.
Chocolate demos by TV chocolatier and chef, Ashley McCarthy upstairs in John Lewis at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Face painting, balloon modelling and The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust children’s craft activities in Next from 11am-3pm.
Facebook competition to win £500 voucher to spend at Vangarde.*

Sunday 21 April
All your favourite restaurants will still be open at Vangarde on Easter Sunday: Nando’s, Frankie & Benny’s, Prezzo, Giraffe and Costa Coffee (check online for opening times).
Facebook competition to win £500 voucher to spend at Vangarde.*

Monday 22 April
Chocolate sculpture on display in John Lewis.
Facebook competition to win £500 voucher to spend at Vangarde.*

Easter offers and competitions will be running in Nando’s, Frankie & Benny’s, Prezzo, Giraffe and Costa Coffee throughout the Easter weekend (see in store for details).

*See Facebook for details.