“Region’s First Craft Chocolate Festival” is Saturday

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From a press release:

“The Chocolate House, DC’s premier chocolate boutique, is excited to host the first annual DC Chocolate Festival on April 9, 2016 from 10am-5pm. This will be the East Coast’s first meeting of artisanal chocolate makers and chocolate lovers from the DC metropolitan region, the US and beyond.

Taking place at the Westin DC Center (1400 M Street, NW, Washington, DC) chocoholics and chocolate lovers will be able to taste and purchase some of the best chocolate creations from more than 20 of the world’s premier chocolate makers. These makers include local favorites like DC’s Chocotenango, Harper Macaw and Undone Chocolate, Maryland’s Charm City Chocolates and Virginia’s Potomac Chocolate.

In addition to sampling, attendees will be able to learn from the best in the business with the Chocolate Workshops. From bean to bar chocolate making to the skills of serious chocolate tasting to savory cooking cacao and chocolate, these workshops are a unique opportunity to learn from some of the best chocolate minds in the industry. Classes are included in the ticket price and will be sure to leave students wanting more. The silent auction will feature gift cards from area restaurants as well other gift baskets and benefit the DC Central Kitchen.

In addition to the Chocolate House, the DC Chocolate Festival is sponsored by Amedei Chocolate, Valrhona Chocolate and Michel Cluizel chocolate.

For tickets and additional information, please visit www.DCchocolatefestival.com.”

7 Comment

  • Comment Artist

    It might be the region’s first craft chocolate festival, but it’s definitely not the region’s first artisanal chocolate festival.

  • Haha, my first thoughts too! It was “bespoke” and “artisanal”. Now it’s all “craft”: cocktails; coffee; food plates; and, chocolates. Next, craft condos.

  • Having a local gift to give people that’s not a baseball hat or a monument-thing is what gladdens me about this local chocolate initiative. More power to DC chocolatiers!

    • Blithe

      My go-to gift for people who enjoy candy is Velatis — either the traditional caramels or the newer chocolate dipped toffee. The original store was downtown, until the Metro construction impacted the neighborhood. It was then sold at Woodies until Woodies closed. The new store is in Silver Spring on Georgia, south of Colesville. Velatis is the taste that I associate with holidays throughout my childhood. People who remember it do so fondly, and I’ve done my bit to create a few new fans. In addition to the caramels they also have truffles and molded — and you can call ahead to see if they have any shaped like monument-things or White House things if you want combine a local image with your chocolate.

  • It’s sold out already

  • andy

    So both chocoholics and chocolate lovers are invited? Oh man!

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