Like crayons, chocolate comes in many varieties and tastes better when unwrapped before consuming. Scribble out cocoa cravings with today’s Groupon to the Northwest Chocolate Festival October 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Northwest rooms of the Seattle Center. Choose between the following ticket options:
- For $12, you get a single-day ticket (up to a $25 value).
- For $20, you get a weekend pass (up to a $40 value).
The Northwest Chocolate Festival beckons cocoa nuts with a slew of chocolate samples and demonstrations. Festival-goers can meander the halls of the Seattle Center noshing on chocolate tidbits, savoring their flavors as they melt on the tongue like ice cream poured on a first date's head. Throughout the festival, guests can taste fresh cacao fruit, crush cacao beans with traditional hand tools, and learn about the differences among chocolates from around the world. Confection gurus pass on their sacchariferous tutelage with discussions about cacao agriculture and the cocoa trade, and live demonstrations from chocolate chefs impart students with sweet skills such as how to prepare cocoa-based desserts and how to hide chocolate in onesie pockets. Though not included with today's Groupon, post-21-year-olds can pair their mouth-moistening morsels with libations from the wine, beer, and spirits garden (flights and full pours range from $3 to $7).
Northwest Chocolate Festival
Chocolate lovers unite at the Northwest Chocolate Festival, an annual event dedicated not just to eating chocolate in its many forms, but to tracking its journey from cocoa bean to confection. Visitors hone their expertise through seminars on trade equity and cocoa farming, chocolate-making workshops led by confectioners, and tastings where palates learn to distinguish between milk chocolate and a chocolate bar clumsily forced inside a milk jug. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefits local nonprofits aligned with the festival’s mission. Recipients are announced yearly.