Chocolate and wine lovers, this one's for you. A whole weekend dedicated to sampling both and an educational twist, ChocolateFest is all you could want and more.
- When? TBC Jan 2018
- Where? Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon.
- Price: Ticket prices will be released closer to the time. Buy from the official website.
With a whole three days dedicated to chocolate, what better way to spend your weekend than at ChocolateFest? All the chocolate you could ever want at your fingertips alongside a handy helping of wine and you've got yourself an event that's pretty hard to say no to.
ChocolateFest was created as a fundraiser in 2006 by the World Forestry Center to raise awareness of the tropical cacao tree and its role in the chocolate making process. Fast-forward 11 years and this well-established fundraising event draws in 10,000 guests each year. Whilst the event is largely focused on Portland's own chocolate scene, there are a few of out-of-town chocolatiers making an appearance too.
Popular choices include: Pearl Bakery, who make the most amazing chocolate bonbons in unusual flavours such as cinnamon and pink peppercorn, Jacivas custom-made truffles that include mini chocolate teacups and shoes and, for those who love a little spice and richness to their chocolate, there's Taza's 84% dark Haitian chocolate bars. Warning: you might leave the event looking like Augustus Gloop.
It's not just chocolate and wine tasting though, you can get a chocolate education whilst squeezing that last praline into your already-full mouth. Presentations and demonstrations run across the weekend giving guests an insight into the cacao industry as well tips and tricks for using chocolate in different ways. The event staff are all workers from the World Forestry Center, allowing them to keep 100% of the profits they make.
Whilst the weekend is an all-ages occasion, Friday is over 21s only and is considered to be the 'ultimate chocolate happy hour'. Get ahead of the action on Friday, or simply enjoy the weekend at your own pace. Either way, you'll have a pretty sweet time.
- Get there: Fly to Portland then take the train to the Oregon Convention Center.
- Stay: Book a hotel in the Lloyd District so you can walk to the event.
*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!