A Delightfully Chocolate-y Affair!

A Delightfully Chocolate-y Affair!

Six bakers competed for the prizes

A Chocolate Affair 2019
Winners: Allie Host, Vesta Thompson, Cian Monroe, and Lori Minor

World Fare had a wonderfully successful Chocolate Affair on Saturday, February 9! Six cooks entered the competition with samples for visitors to taste, and the deliciousness made it difficult to decide who to vote for! Our esteemed judges, who selected Most Original and Best Presentation, were City Commissioner Janell Hart, TRHS band director Bryan VanToll, and local handyman Gene VanDeraa. The winners were decided as follows:

  • Lori Minor for First Place People’s Choice with chocolate macarons
  • Allie Yost for Second Place People’s Choice and Best Presentation with chocolate and chocolate coffee macarons
  • Cian Monroe for Third Place People’s Choice with pistachio slice cookies
  • Becca Sonday and Vesta Thompson for Most Original with strawberry and chocolate sorbets

There was also delicious toffee with nuts and a cherry chocolate English pudding in the running! Check out the Three Rivers Commercial-News article for more details on the event: page 1 and page 2.

We are grateful to the community for the support of our mission through this fun annual event. We’ll see you next year!

Love chocolate? Love baking? Enter A Chocolate Affair!

Love chocolate? Love baking? Enter A Chocolate Affair!

February 9

A Chocolate Affair

Join us for our annual celebration of love and chocolate on February 9, from 2:00 to 4:00p.m.! We need all the bakers and chocolate maestros out there to enter their creations for the chocolate-loving public to enjoy and vote on. You can enter online now; just remember to purchase your fair trade chocolate from World Fare for your delicacy!

Then we need folks to come out to taste and vote! Voting for A Chocolate Affair will take place from 2:00-3:30 p.m. during the event. First place in People’s Choice, the top prize, will come with a $50 gift certificate for World Fare, and additional prizes will award second place, third place, Most Original and Best Presentation.

A Chocolate Affair is always a wonderfully tasty way to get ready for Valentine’s Day. Come on out!

Celebrating our 15th Anniversary

15th Anniversary

On Sunday during the 25th Annual HarmonyFest in Downtown Three Rivers, our little store celebrated its 15th Anniversary! During those 15 years, our faithful volunteers have spent more than 31,000 hours running the store and connecting our community with artisans and farmers from around the world. To celebrate, we gave away 15 prizes throughout the day, served special treats in the store, and commissioned our friend Elisabeth Wenger to write a poem, which she read from the main stage at 6:30 (see below). Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate … and here’s to 15 more years!

World Fare’s 15th Anniversary: An Exhortation

A store is never just a store.
While it’s true that a business is not a person,
no matter what our government says,
A business is made by people,
peopled, populated and conceived
of, in minds expansive and strange.

Make a choice—to what business
will you give the strength in your arms,
the branching electricity in your brain?
To what group of people,
with what dream,
will you go?

And the work of the people of the business
takes on the life its been given,
as long as the people keep caring.

Fifteen years these people have cared for a store!
Remember fifteen?
The hot passion, the standing up for what you believed in
with the thrill of standing for justice,
with the strength of a David
facing down Goliath. Impossible.
Magnificent. Teenaged energy
and clear sight, acknowledging the impossible
and attempting it anyway.

May the people who people this store
keep dreaming, keep the passion.
May they imagine new worlds
or ways to be, may they fight
with fifteen’s fervor for an impossibility,
And, most of all,
may they remain people,
individual and uniquely strange,
caring about people.

We Have all Your In-Between Weather Needs!

This rainy weather is good for Spring flowers, not so good for us! 

Not to worry! 

World Fare has all your hot drink and soup needs covered.


We have over 30 types of tea. Plus soups and other hot yummies.

And don't forget our colorful assortment of scarves, and cozy socks.

So come on over!  We've got coffee brewed and a great space for conversation, news paper reading, and peaceful shopping.

First Friday focus on women’s history

First Friday focus on women’s history

Women's Bean Project Items

It’s time for March’s First Friday and we thought that it would be fun to have a special night and a series of posts highlighting women in history and/or fair trade to celebrate Women’s History Month!

The fun starts this Friday, March 2, 2018 5pm-8pm. We will have samples from Women’s Bean Project for you to try AND all Women’s Bean Project products in the store will be 10% off.

Be sure to stop in, we will have coffee as usual and plenty of conversation!

2016 Chocolate Affair a gooey, delicious success!

2016 Chocolate Affair a gooey, delicious success!

Pictured from left to right: Elisabeth Wenger, Karen Keefer, Becca Sonday and Lorie Minor.

The weather outside was frightful, but inside World Fare on February 13, the crowds were warm with good conversation and tasty treats as we celebrated A Chocolate Affair 2016. Seven area bakers brought their best recipes for visitors of all ages to taste and vote on, with celebrity judges Tricia Meyer (Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority) and Brother Abraham (St. Gregory’s Abbey) offering their professional opinion on the best presentation and most original.

And the winners were:

  • Elisabeth Wenger with Chocolate Lavender Cake with Earl Grey Mascarpone (Most Original, Second Place People’s Choice)
  • Karen Keefer with Chocolate Pumpkin Almond Butter Cups (First Place People’s Choice)
  • Becca Sonday with Goat Cheese Espresso Brownies (Third Place People’s Choice)
  • Lori Minor with Triple Chocolate Chip Layered Cookie Cake (Best Presentation)

Thank you to all who came out to make the Affair such a successful event in support of World Fare’s fair trade mission!

Winners of 2015 Chocolate Affair

Winners of 2015 Chocolate Affair

Well, the weather outside was frightful, but frigid temps and blowing snow are not enough to keep our local chocolate lovers away!  The 2015 A Chocolate Affair was a great success with over 120 people coming through to try the delectable treats dreamed up by a dozen different bakers and baking teams.  World Fare sends a huge thank you to all who entered, and a big congratulations to this year’s winners, who each went home with a World Fare gift certificate and a special edition, handmade Valentine’s vessel from our resident potter, Elizabeth Brouwer.

  • People’s Choice First Place: Cian Monroe (Chocolate Bark with Peanut Butter)
  • People’s Choice Second Place: Lorie Minor (Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Brownies)
  • People’s Choice Third Place: Elisabeth Wenger (Cappuccino Fudge Cheesecake)
  • Most Original: Lorie Minor (Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Brownies)
  • Best Presentation: Michaela Kitzinger & Patti Eberhard (Chocolate Coca Cola Cupcakes)
Thank you also to our local celebrity judges, who braved the cold to select our winners for Most Original and Best Presentation: Beth Hubbard (Corey Lake Orchards), Melissa McPherson (Three Rivers Public Library), and Brian Persky (Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority).  World Fare continues to be able to pursue its mission of supporting economically disadvantaged communities around the world because of the amazing support of our local volunteers, customers and chocolate aficionados!

Local celebrity judges for A Chocolate Affair 2015

Local celebrity judges for A Chocolate Affair 2015

World Fare is delighted to announce our three local celebrity judges for A Chocolate Affair 2015!

We are so thankful to our judges, not just because they’ll join us tomorrow to determine the awards for Most Original and Best Presentation, but for the good work they do in our community in such a wide variety of areas.
Join us tomorrow 2-3:30 p.m. to taste and vote for delectable fair trade chocolate goodies!  Tasting is free and voting tickets start at $1, with all proceeds supporting World Fare’s mission of partnering with economically disadvantaged communities to encourage a living wage for our world’s most vulnerable workers.  What a perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day: celebrating the love that goes out to cocoa farmers around the world through our conscious choice for fair trade chocolate!
P.S. – Fun Winterfest activities will be happening throughout downtown Three Rivers from noon-4:00 p.m.  Come out to enjoy the snow and see how our local merchants are brightening up the season!

Get your chocolate fix on Valentine’s Day!

Get your chocolate fix on Valentine’s Day!

Join us this Saturday, February 14, for our Annual Chocolate Affair bake off!  From 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., taste delicious treats from 10 local bakers for free; then vote for your favorites to win People’s Choice awards.  Voting tickets start at $1 each, with quantity discounts. All proceeds from voting go toward World Fare’s efforts to support economically disadvantaged farmers and artisans around the world.

And while you’re downtown, be sure to check out all of the WinterFest activities happening throughout downtown Three Rivers from noon – 4:00 p.m. Bring someone you love to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a PLACE you love!

We look forward to seeing you there!