DC Chocolate Festival
WHAT: DC Chocolate Festival
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 10am - 5pm
WHERE: La Maison Française – 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW - Washington, D.C. - 20007
RESERVATION: Online registration required. Eventbrite
ADD. INFOS: Every attendee must be registered under his/her name. Valid ID required. No parking inside the embassy.
"Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is!"
The DC Chocolate Festival is back! And it will bring together both chocolate makers and chocolate enthusiasts for a day of tastings and educational micro workshops.
The DC Chocolate Festival features over 30 chocolate vendors with incredible chocolate confections, treats, beverages, and craft chocolate bars from across the local area and the world!
In addition to delectable tastings, the DC Chocolate Festival offers you more with chocolate documentaries & film screenings, books signing, talks, workshops for kids and adults and many more!
Be prepared because we may reserve a few gourmet surprises for our guests!
- 10:30AM - 11:15AM: Kid’s Class! - A session about chocolate and the chocolate making process just for little ones! This will be a hand’s-on and interactive experience for kids of all ages.
- 11:30AM - 12:15PM: Bean to Bar Chocolate Talk & Tasting Session with Megan Giller, author of Bean to Bar Chocolate: America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution. Book signing and meet & greet to follow talk.
- 12:30PM - 1:15PM: Connoisseur Games: Bean to Bon Bon & Everything In Between with Mark Christian of C-Spot.com. : Fast-track your chocolate expertise — get a read on any bar’s story, from deciphering the wrapper to breaking the flavor code. We’ll blast thru the manifold iterations of the same cacáo bean starting with the raw material, then unsweetened chocolate “liquor”, onto its dark chocolate & milk chocolate renderings.
- 1:30PM - 2:15PM: The Flavors of FCCI, with Carla Martin & Jose Lopez Ganam of FCCI: Join in an engaging chocolate tasting about the path of quality in cacao with Carla Martin and Jose Lopez Ganem of the Fine Cacao & Chocolate Institute.
- 2:30PM - 3:15PM: Chocolate Party! with Estelle Tracy of 37chocolates.com. Forget about eating chocolate alone at your desk, chocolate wants to party! In this one-hour class — OK, party — you’ll learn why the future of chocolate is social and how to throw your own chocolate fiesta. Feeling introverted? Estelle will share resources to connect with like-minded chocophiles online, right in your PJs. And yes, you’ll party along with chocolate bars made by a new wave of chocolate-makers.
- 3:30PM - 4:15PM: TBD
- 111AM - 12PM: Bean to Bar Film - Bean to Bar film focuses on the artisan chocolate makers renaissance in the United States. Offering exotic tastes, textures and variety unavailable in our industrialized food industry, these artisan chocolate makers are celebrated and praised by food critics and chocolate lovers alike.Their passion for excellence through quality over quantity and a working relationship with the farmers, has led to a modern day revival of chocolate’s mystery and allure.
- 12PM - 12:45PM: TBD
- 1PM - 1:45PM: TBD
- 2PM - 2:45PM: Chuao, Women, & Cacao Farmers: 400 years of History in Venezuela: One of the most emblematic cacao beans in the world come from Chuao in Venezuela. Additionally, people from Chuao have more than high quality and rare cacaos, they have an amazing history. Cacao beans were the first product exported from Venezuela and one of the first towns to export cacao was Chuao. The history of cacao in Chuao includes incredible pirate stories and community of women farmers who sing a special song everyday. More recently, Chuao’s story includes how this small town obtained an appellation of origin and what characteristics make up the the special flavors and aromas of Cacao de Chuao.
- 3:PM - 3:45PM: Bean to Bar Film - Bean to Bar film focuses on the artisan chocolate makers renaissance in the United States. Offering exotic tastes, textures and variety unavailable in our industrialized food industry, these artisan chocolate makers are celebrated and praised by food critics and chocolate lovers alike.Their passion for excellence through quality over quantity and a working relationship with the farmers, has led to a modern day revival of chocolate’s mystery and allure.
- 4PM - 4:45PM: TBD