From boxes of sweets on Valentine’s Day to bag of treats at Halloween, chocolate is invariably linked to big events. But as beloved as its rich flavor is, there ought to be a celebration of the great goodie itself. That’s where ChocolateFest, the Northwest’s festival of all things mouthwatering, dark and creamy, comes in.
In January of 2017, this cocoa celebration filled the Oregon Convention Center with three days of activities and tastings, featuring more than 60 vendors. Portland’s chocolate scene was well represented by the likes of Creo Chocolate, vegan truffles from Missionary Chocolates and treats (chocolate cat, anyone?) from JaCiva’s. Out-of-towners included San Francisco’s Scharffen Berger and Dolcetta Artisan Sweets from Seattle. In addition to a variety of cacao products, visitors sampled wine, cider, sauces, jams and more.
The fest, which raised funds for the World Forestry Center, kicked off with an adults-only premiere party, and included presentations and samples galore all weekend long.
*After 12 wonderful years, ChocolateFest has been put on hiatus for the 2018 season until a new event buyer can be found. Check back in winter 2018 for updates.