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It used to be known as the Chocolate Show. But this year, the local festival — to be held at Burlington’s Doubletree Hotel this weekend — is expanding: It’s now known as the Festival of Sweets. “The vendors reflect the artistry of Vermont confectionery,” says co-organizer Darrick Pitstick.

In addition to exhibitors such as Nutty Steph’s, Liz Lovely and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the event will feature lots of cooking demos and a pair of cake contests for NECI students: One will focus on wedding cakes, the other on “novelty” versions. “There will be really crazy-looking ones,” Pitstick promises. “That’s where they really get to go outside of the box.”

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Find more info at www.festivalofsweets.com.

Dinky Donuts has closed its brick-and-mortar location in Middlebury. According to co-owner Nick Cavalli, “We just never made enough money to make it worthwhile in that location.”

But fans shouldn’t despair. Nick and his wife, Alex, will still be selling the goodies at the Burlington Winter Farmers Market, and next year at the summer version.

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