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Nutella Fans, Rejoice: You Have Another Sweet Festival

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Nutella nuts (we use the term affectionately) are very passionate, but for years, the devotion has been a private one. Now, long-held dreams of joining hands in adoration of the creamy spread are becoming a reality.

On April 9, Nutella-Palooza will be held in Adelaide, Australia. The six-hour tribute to the chocolate-hazelnut treat is open to anyone with a sweet tooth and the means to make the trip. (But leave the dogs at home. Four-legged friends are not allowed near the bountiful chocolate reserves.)

The first event of its kind for Australia—but not the world, just ask the people of Malta—Nutella-Palooza is described on the event website as a "celebration of all things Nutella and chocolate." Organized by a group of fans and supported by the Splash Adelaide program, the free event will be held at Bonython Park. In addition to food trucks, chocolate stalls, and demonstrations on how to cook with Nutella, the event will also feature art installations, soon-to-be-announced guests, and music for the entire family.

An Instagram account has been launched for the festival, and is stocked with drool-worthy images of Nutella covering everything from ice cream to custard cronuts. It's a good way to amp yourself up or join in from the comfort of your couch.

[h/t: Mashable]

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Miami to Host Inaugural Canine Film Festival
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There’s an annual festival dedicated to internet cat videos, so it only makes sense that dog-lovers would create their own film event. As the Miami New-Times reports, the Magic City will host the inaugural Canine Film Festival on July 15 and 16. The fundraising event encourages movie lovers to enjoy submitted flicks with their furry friends.

The festival will take place at the Cinépolis Coconut Grove and Hotel Indigo in Miami Lakes. Festivities kick off on the first day with “A Day at the Movies With Your Dog,” featuring film screenings attended by dogs and humans alike. Other events scheduled throughout the weekend include a dog fashion show, dog yoga, silent auctions, a canine costume contest, an after-party at Miami Lakes' Hotel Indigo, and an awards ceremony.

Admission costs $10 to $1000, and 50 percent of ticket proceeds will benefit local animal rescues and shelters. For more information, visit the Canine Film Festival's website.

[h/t Miami New Times]

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D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms Will Arrive Extra Early This Year
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Spring is busting out in Washington, D.C. The city’s beloved cherry trees have already begun to bloom, forcing organizers of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival to start the event one week earlier than planned, ABC News reports.

The National Park Service is currently estimating that peak bloom—that is, the short period when 70 percent of the Yoshino cherry blossoms will be open—will begin around March 14. Last year, peak bloom began on March 25. In the years before that, the blossoms peaked in early April. The Cherry Blossom Festival will begin March 15, rather than March 20, and continue through April 16.

“Cherry tree dates vary from year to year, but the long-term trend shows earlier and earlier blooming,” climate change scientist Patrick Gonzalez said in a video for the National Park Service. Blooms can be forced by unseasonably warm winters, although as the last three years have been the hottest ever recorded, we may soon need to adjust our definition of “unseasonably warm.”

The National Park Service notes that the exact dates of prime pink-petal viewing are “almost impossible” to predict more than 10 days in advance.

The hundreds of cherry trees planted throughout the nation's capital and the Tidal Basin were a gift from Japan to the United States in 1912 and have since become one of D.C.’s most famous tourist attractions. Yet as big as the blossoms are here, they’re even bigger in Japan, where their fragility, loveliness, and oh-so-brief appearance represent the beauty and impermanence of life.

[h/t: ABC News]

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