The 10th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival is set to make your taste buds dance with over 100+ scrumptious and unique flavours from 44 vendors around Vancouver. Mark your calendars for January 18–February 14 and be ready to quote the festival motto of “Hot Chocolate Makes You Happy!”
When it launched in 2011, The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival was the first city-wide festival of its kind in the world. This January it returns for its 10th year, bigger and better than ever, with Vancouver’s best chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes, gelato and ice cream makers coming together to make the humble hot chocolate hotter than it has ever been before. otto:
With 44 vendors and over 100 flavours available, how to choose? We’ve poured over the menu and picked a few stand-out options. Let us know how you get on!
Five Tasty & Unique Drinks to Try at the 2020 Hot Chocolate Festival
#01 – THE BEE’S KNEES (Anniversary Classic)
49th Parallel Coffee (Various)
Lavender-infused hot chocolate served with a lavender and honey marshmallow cookie.
#10 – CHOCOLATE PLAYGROUND
Beaucoup Bakery (2150 Fir St.)
Inspired by childhood favourites, ‘Chocolate Playground’ is rich hot chocolate served over Banana Foster ice cream—affogatostyle. Served with a Snickerdoodle cookie.
#44 – BOHEMIAN RASPBERRY (Anniversary Classic)
Earnest Ice Cream (1829 Quebec St.)
House made raspberry marshmallow drenched in a rich raspberry hot chocolate. Topped with raspberry amaretto whipped cream and a dusting of chocolate shavings.
#77 – THE LEGEND OF DARYL HANNAH*
Mink Chocolates (863 W. Hastings St.)
A Cacao Barry 34% Zephyr white sipping chocolate served with organic, sustainable, Fraser River white sturgeon caviar and a “Mermaid’s Choice” chocolate bar.
*Note: This drink will sell for $98.
#105 – TASTE OF PERU (Anniversary Classic)
Thierry Chocolates (1059 Alberni St.)
Made with Marañón Chocolate’s unique Fortunato No. 4, a 68% dark chocolate from Peru. Served with a chocolate tablette and coconut sable.
Click here for the full flavours list and locations map!
Hot Chocolate Festival 2020
- Price: $5+ per drink
- When: January 18 through February 14, 2020
- Where: Various locations around Vancouver
Enter to win!
Enter into the festival’s Instagram contest for our Grand Festival Prizes, consisting of gift certificates valued at $1070 from participating chocolate makers and cafes. Win and you could be enjoying their chocolate-y treats all year long! Winners will be drawn and announced on Valentine’s Day.
Choc for a cause
In 2020, partial funds from the proceeds of the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival will be shared with the following three charitable organizations—all of which seek to improve the lives of women and families in Vancouver.
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