Portland’s own ChocolateFest delivers three days of delicious goodness with 83 chocolate and chocolate-related vendors on board to sample and sell some of the finest creations from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Visitors will be tempted with luscious truffles, heavenly fudge, creamy caramels, drinking chocolate, wine and much more.
The event runs from January 24-26, 2014 at the Oregon Convention Center located at 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. in Portland.
Event times & admission:
* Premiere Night – Friday, January 24, 6:00-9:30pm (Age 21 and older only) $24 (Presale is $20)
* Saturday, January 25, 11am – 6pm $12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 students, $7 children (Age 5-12)
* Sunday, January 26, 11am–5pm $12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 students, $7 children (Age 5-12)
Friday’s Premiere Night is for ages 21 and over and includes music by Patrick Lamb, wine and chocolate pairings, drink specials, Best in Show voting, and a chance to win some amazing prizes. The first 500 attendees will receive a complimentary ChocolateFest wine glass.
For Saturday and Sunday, the main stage will have cooking demonstrations, featuring both sweet and savory chocolate creations by local chefs and food artists. Additional presentations include learning about the cacao tree; chocolate and wine pairings; chocolate and beer pairings; Chocolate 101, and chocolate body care to name a few.
Attendees will have the chance to view a replica of the cacao tree, a unique tree that only grows in tropical rainforests within 20 degrees north or south of the equator.
ChocolateFest is produced by the World Forestry Center, a nonprofit educational organization founded in 1964 in Portland, Oregon. ChocolateFest was created in 2006 as a fundraiser that would not only educate the public about incredible chocolate products, but teach about the tropical cacao tree and how chocolate is made from bean to bar. ChocolateFest is the World Forestry Center’s largest public fundraiser and helps support their important mission of teaching this generation and the next, about the world’s forests and environmental sustainability.
The event has grown to be one of the largest, if not the largest, gathering of chocolatiers in the country.
For more information, please visit www.chocolatefest.org or call 503-228-1367.