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We’ve all heard Forrest Gump’s “life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get”. But never has this rung more true than it does now, because an immersive chocolate banquet was the last thing we expected. What was that, you ask? An immersive chocolate banquet. Because for the launch of its Masterpieces range in Sainsbury’s stores, luxury chocolatier Godiva is teaming up with immersive dining extraordinaire Gingerline to give lucky winners an evening of multi-sensorial dining, with three courses inspired by the Heart, the Shell and the Lion from the Masterpieces collection. But wait – we know this is a choc to the system but there’s more. This unGodly experience is completely free. Yes, you read that right.

Guests will be taken on a surrealist journey, stepping into an artist’s workshop, through a painting (literally), and into the grand banquet hall, transformed by the geniuses at Gingerline to evoke the smells, textures, movements and sounds of the Masterpieces collection. Thank God for Godiva, who is tantalising the nation’s chocolate lovers (so that’s all of us then) with the chance of attending the kind of chocolate fantasy world we’ve been waiting for all our lives. Still, better choco-late than never. Details and locations are kept hush-hush until the day, but one thing we do know is this event will be choc-a-block.

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning free tickets to the cocoa chaos is enter the competition (reopened for a second round after high demand). Promising to be a chockingly entertaining evening, the Masterpiece Banquet is pra-lining up to be the event of the year and is open to the public for one week only. “Less haste, less waste”, our mothers always told us. Well, sorry mum, this is an exception – the competition ends at midnight TONIGHT! (22 September). So hurry, because this is too good an opportunity to miss! God-iva craving for chocolate right now…

The Godiva Masterpiece Banquet will run from 25th – 29th September 2017. All of the tickets are being given away free via ballot, and London’s chocolate and foodie lovers have one last chance to win a seat at the table by entering the ballot on the Godiva UK Facebook page before midnight tonight.

Photos: Emma Nathan