The 9th Annual Dallas Chocolate Festival Looks Toward the Future

Calling all chocolate lovers!

Image courtesy of the Dallas Chocolate Festival (Photo credit: Kathy Tran)

Real chocolate lovers will not want to miss the 2018 edition of the Dallas Chocolate Festival, presented by Whole Foods.

The three-day festival, celebrating the “Future of Chocolate”, will be held September 7-9 and will feature more than 60 artisan chocolate makers and chocolatiers from Dallas and around the world, as well as hands on workshops for those wanting to explore their love of chocolate further.

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The Dallas Chocolate Festival brings together more than 2,400 attendees to learn, taste, and experience the artistry and craftsmanship of quality chocolate. A portion of proceeds will be donated as scholarship funds to local culinary programs for students focused on pastry arts with an emphasis on chocolate.

Image courtesy of the Dallas Chocolate Festival (Photo credit: Kathy Tran)

Dallas Chocolate Festival VIP Party
Friday, September 7, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.) – 1807 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201
Tickets are $75 for 21+.

VIP Party guests will have the premiere opportunity to explore and meet this year’s exhibitors, sip specialty cocktails made with Cacao juice from Repurposed Pod – made from the same fruit that brings you chocolate – and lots of tasty chocolate treats! Each guest will receive a goody bag.

Dallas Chocolate Festival Main Event
Saturday, September 8, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.) – 1807 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201
Tickets are $35 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.

Adults and children will be immersed in a complete chocolate experience — wowed by the aromas, the textures, the visual artistry, and the tantalizing flavors of the finest chocolates ever created. In addition to everyone’s favorite part of the day – the tastings! – guests can learn every element of chocolate-making. The day includes demonstrations, lectures, round table discussions, and a special kid’s area with coloring stations, chocolate fountain, and even a scavenger hunt. Join Isabel Mota, founder of My French Recipe, in a macaron-making demonstration and Founder and Chief Chocophile Lauren Adler of Seattle-based Chocolopolis, for an inspirational lecture on the “Future of Chocolate.”

Note: To manage flow through the Festival exhibitor hall, tickets are assigned to four different entry times throughout the day: 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM. Guests are welcome to attend the other features of the event all day, but can only enter the vendor hall starting at the entry time their the ticket.

Image courtesy of the Dallas Chocolate Festival (Photo credit: Kathy Tran)

Two interactive workshops allow real chocolate fans to learn to make chocolate from bean-to-bar, experience an intensive chocolate tasting, or both!

Dallas Chocolate Festival Workshops
Sunday, September 9
Whole Foods Market – 11700 Preston Rd #714, Dallas, TX 75230
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Bean to Bar Chocolate Making Workshop
Tickets are $100

The hands-on Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Making Workshop, will be taught by some of the best chocolate artisans including, Ben Rasmussen of Potomac Chocolate, Art Pollard of Amano Artisan Chocolate, Troy Easton of Sublime Chocolate, and Jessica Beeman of 5 Mile Chocolate. Starting with the humble cacao beans, the panel of instructors will guide students on how to roast, crack, winnow, grind, and blend ingredients, resulting in chocolate bars the students can take home.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Chocolate Tasting Workshop
Tickets are $60

The Chocolate Tasting Workshop, led by Founder and Chief Chocophile Lauren Adler of Seattle-based Chocolopolis, a well-respected retail store known for its curated collection of chocolate and dedication to educating chocolate lovers about finer points of bean-to-bar chocolate, and Rob Anderson of Fresco Chocolate. The two will guide the students through a chocolate tasting using the methods honed in Chocolopolis’s regular tasting panels while learning how roasting, conching, and other tools of the chocolate makers are used to develop specific flavors.

If attending both classes is desired an All Day Workshop Pass for $150 is the a great option.

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