[caption id="attachment_36638" align="aligncenter" width="800"]<img class="size-full wp-image-36638" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2019\/04\/choc-2.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="519" \/> (Photo by Sarah Richardson)<br \/>Crowds gather up and down Washington Street, tasting all the treats the festival has to offer.[\/caption]\r\n<h1>The 13th annual Lewisburg Chocolate Festival broke records this year, with tasting tickets selling out days in advance.<\/h1>\r\n[caption id="attachment_36639" align="alignright" width="281"]<img class=" wp-image-36639" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2019\/04\/choc-1-e1555775435114.jpg" alt="" width="281" height="375" \/> (Photo by Sarah Richardson)<br \/>Willy Wonka himself (Larry Davis) attended the Chocolate Festival![\/caption]\r\n\r\nDowntown Lewisburg was flooded with tasters to the point where the crowds rivaled those of the TOOT festival held each October. Over 5,000 people in attendance enjoyed over 48,000 chocolate treats on Apr. 13.\r\n\r\nMost business owners say they ran out of goods \u201crelatively quickly,\u201d and that the crowds were substantially larger than in years past. \u201cThe line was insane. I\u2019d say we sold out of our tastings in about three hours,\u201d said Brandon Morgan of Corn+ Flour. Even after running out of chocolate, Morgan said that everyone was very understanding due to the sheer number of people. Even when there was no more chocolate to be had, he said, \u201cWe stayed slammed inside as well, they came inside and got lunch.\u201d\r\n\r\nJames Addison, who works at both the Wild Bean and Thunderbird Taco, said it was the same scenario on the other end of town. \u201cThere were more people from out of town. We were getting a lot of questions about what\u2019s going on and where everything is. We ran out of samples very early in the day.\u201d\r\n\r\nOverall, the festival raised over $60,000, which means that the United Way of Greenbrier Valley will receive a donation of $30,000. Next year\u2019s festival has already been scheduled for Apr. 11, 2020.