Announcing the Caramel Makers for Smeeks & Chow Bella's Caramelpalooza 2013!

We are practically in a sugar coma, just thinking about the line-up for Caramelpalooza 2013 -- the biggest and best ever, if you ask us.

See also: - Caramelpalooza 2012: The Winners!

Participating chefs include:

Veronica Arroyo, Bourbon Steak Stacey Barnes and Donna Hansen, Goodytwos Toffee Company Patrick Boll and Jason Raducha, The P. Joseph Project Brady Breese, Urban Cookies Monica Castillo, Churn Denise Clayton, Denise is Cooking Amanda Crick and Erin Glassburn, Tonto & Cartwright's Donna Croyle and Julie Schobert, Twist Caramels Tracy Dempsey, Tracy Dempsey Originals LaDawn Driscoll, The Herb Box Slade Grove, Slade Grove Creative Gourmet Kathryn James, Sweets by 5ftLatina Jeff Kraus, Crepe Bar Jill McNamara, Millie's Caramels Rachel Miller, Pistol Whipped Pastry Minerva Orduño Rincón, Muñeca Mexicana Lisa and Jim Rast, NutWhats Virginia Senior, Urban Beans Eugenia Theodosopoulos, Essence Bakery Cafe Traci Zitzer and Russell Johnson, Urban Table

Right? It's quite a collection of confectioners.

Caramelpalooza 2013 will take place Friday, April 5 from 7 p.m. til the caramel runs out, at the Biltmore Fashion Park, the new home to Smeeks, which is partnering with Union and Chow Bella to bring you the fourth annual event.

Keep an eye on Chow Bella in the coming weeks for information about purchasing tasting tickets (to benefit the Arizona Humane Society!) and for profiles of the candy makers.

Note: This post has been edited from its original version. (Again.)

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