- The Festival of Chocolate
- When: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, or 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday, October 13
- Where: NSU Arena
- Section: general admission
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $9 for one ticket (up to a $15.50 value)
- $16 for two tickets (up to a $29.25 value)
- Click to view a schedule of demonstrations.
All ticket purchases grant entry into hourly drawings for decadent chocolate treats. Many of the festival's attractions and events are complimentary, such as the Cocoa Couture Fashion Show on Saturday and Live Wedding Cake Decorating Competition on Sunday. Some require the use of chocolate-chip coins, which can be purchased at the event. A portion of proceeds from the Festival of Chocolate will go to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.
The Festival of Chocolate
The Festival of Chocolate unites chocoholics for a full weekend of decadent diversion, packed with demonstrations, competitions, and hands-on experiences. Interactive classes helmed by chocolate masters serve as educational launch pads during visits, filling the heads of budding chocolatiers with rich, creamy knowledge for further exploration into the fine art of confections. Pairing sessions encourage guests to munch through enticing chocolate and wine tandems, and during demonstrations, award-winning chefs concoct simple yet elegant creations, dispelling the myth that all chocolate treats sprout in pastures of Easter grass.
Once sufficiently informed, attendees can exhibit their new-found wisdom in guest competitions such as cookie stacking and by taking on challenges at the Chocolate Game Show stage. They can also exchange pockets full of chocolate-chip coins—the only monetary currency accepted at the festival and in Switzerland—for sweets rustled up at a s'mores buffet and chocolaty eats such as truffles, nitrogen ice cream, cakes, cookies, and crepes produced by local and regional companies.