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30th Annual Chocolate Lover's Fantasy

A selection of mint chocolates made by Lulubee Artisinal Chocolates was on display during the 30th annual Chocolate Lover's Fantasy on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. 

Tickets are available for two of Lincoln's most popular foodie events and a cigar festival.

Chocolate Lover's Fantasy

First off is the 31st annual Chocolate Lover's Fantasy, set for 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

A fundraiser for the Historic Haymarket District, the event brings professional and local chefs together to share a variety of chocolate treats. It features a silent auction and music by the Darryl White Jazz Trio.

Tickets are $35 and available at lincolnhaymarket.org, at the door or at these Haymarket businesses: Burlington Antiques, From Nebraska Gift Shop, Ten Thousand Villages and The Mill.

Lincoln Wine and Food Experience

On Feb. 24, the ninth Lincoln Wine and Food Experience will run 5 to 8 p.m. at Embassy Suites, 1040 P St.

About 90 booths will fill the main ballroom and offer an international selection of wines, cheeses, desserts, beef, seafood and many more unique items. Russ’s Market bakers will be making several varieties of artisan bread.

Reserve room guests will enjoy an exclusive selection of reserve wines and a buffet prepared by Russ’s Market Catering to You.

The wine and food experience, which includes a silent auction, is a fundraiser for the Lincoln Community Playhouse and has raised $300,000 since it began. This year's goal is $45,000.

Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Reserve room tickets are $70 and $80 at the door. Those holding reserve room tickets may enjoy both the main ballroom and reserve room beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Russ’s Markets.

Nebraska Cigar Festival

The 2017 Nebraska Cigar Festival set for Jan. 20 at the Pla Mor Ballroom, 6600 W. O St., isn't a foodie event, but is popular among cigar enthusiasts.

Subtitled the "Prohibition Edition," the festival starts at 5 p.m. for early entry ($55) and at 6:30 p.m. for general admission ($45). Tickets include five hand-rolled cigars, one beverage ticket and barbecue.

VIP reserved tables for eight are available for $750 each and include eight early-entry tickets, a box of Alec Bradley cigars, eight drink tickets and a guaranteed table.

Tickets are available in advance at nebraskacigarfestival.com or at the door (unless it sells out in advance).

Reach the writer at 402-473-7213 or jkorbelik@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSjeffkorbelik.

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Features editor

Jeff Korbelik is the features editor and covers dining, performing arts, TV and local media. Follow him at @LJSjeffkorbelik.

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