CityMash.com - The annual Hot Chocolate Festival is happening in Vancouver from January 19th until February 14th. It’s the perfect way to beat the winter blues and enjoy a sweet treat leading up to Valentine’s Day. Over the 27 day festival, 29 participating restaurants will serve up their own unique spins on hot chocolate.
Check out everything you need to know to make the most of Vancouver’s Hot Chocolate Festival:
*Contest entry* Steal someone's heart with "His Lordship's HC" at @lastcrumbcafe. @signingbabies ' photo of this Earl Grey-infused hot chocolate is our 3rd "Photo of the Day" for Feb 12. #hotchocolatefest #30daysofhotchocolate #vancouver #hotchocolatefestival #hotchocolate #heart #EarlGrey #lastcrumbcafe #MainSt
It’s for a good cause
Organizers say, “This festival is a fundraiser for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Job Training Program of the PHS Community Services Society and East Van Roasters.” Now you can feel better about indulging in one, two or even three hot chocolate concoctions a day because you’re helping to support a good cause!
There are 61 flavours of hot chocolate
The 29 participating restaurants will feature 61 different hot chocolate flavours in total. Here are some we can’t wait to get our hands on:
- Deep In The Heart Of Texas by Bella Gelateria: One of seven amazing flavours from Bella Gelateria, this drink features roasted Texas pecans, 58% dark chocolate from France and Vancouver Island Sea Salt.
- Drunken Love by Chocolate Arts: The hot chocolate is really just the accessory to this dish – red wine ice cream with a red wine reduction poured over top.
- Spice Hot Chocolate by Earnest Ice Cream: This vegan option begins with a scoop of Earnest’s famous chai tea ice cream drenched in hot chocolate.
- A Matcha Made In Heaven by Terra Breads: White chocolate, vanilla matcha and a matcha shortbread cookie on the side. The perfect “matcha” indeed!
- Haaselnuss by Thomas Haas: Milk hot chocolate with caramelized hazelnuts and lemon zest. Yum!
Our 5th "Photo of the Day" is one more look at the "Bee's Knees", that chocolate love sonnet to lavender and honey. @Yamo_chan took the shot at @49th Parallel Roasters on Feb 13. #hotchocolatefest #30daysofhotchocolate #vancouver #hotchocolatefestival #hotchocolate #valentines #honey #lavender #49thparallelcoffee #MainSt #Kitsilano
You could win the Hot Chocolate Fest Contest
You could win the Hot Chocolate Festival Twitter contest by sharing a photo of yourself indulging in one of the sweet treats. After a random draw, the winning Tweeter will receive gift certificates from 20 participating restaurants, totaling over $500. Second prize will receive gift certificates for three restaurants with a value of approximately $75.
There will also be an additional contest on Facebook and Instagram where the most popular photo will earn its taker a Festival Pass for the 2018 Hot Chocolate Festival. What’s a Festival Pass? It means free hot chocolate at all participating locations!
For more details and contest rules, click here.
*Contest entry* Only 2 more days to go "Cocoa-nuts" over the "Choc-O-Coco at @butterbakedgoods. @hannahchow 's dreamy photo is our 4th "Photo of the Day" for Feb 12. #hotchocolatefest #30daysofhotchocolate #vancouver #hotchocolatefestival #hotchocolate #coconut #marshmallow #butterbakedgoods #mackenzieheights
This is the festival’s 7th year
Presented by CityFood Magazine, the Hot Chocolate Festival originated in 2011 as the first citywide festival of its kind. The mission of the festival is to make hot chocolate even hotter with the motto of “Chocolate makes you happy!” Well, we can’t argue with that.
*Contest entry* Chocolate + chai = an international romance. @shelbytj 's pic of the "Mumbai Meets Paris" at @thaaschocolates is our first Photo of the Day" for February 12, 2016. #hotchocolatefest #30daysofhotchocolate #vancouver #hotchocolatefestival #hotchocolate #chai #thomashaas #broadway #NorthVancouver.
Follow the Walking Map for your complete guide
Looking to hit as many hot chocolate shops in one neighbourhood as possible? Follow the Festival’s Walking Map to ensure you don’t miss one chocolatey sip!
*Festival wrap up* No. 3 "Photo of the Day" – the hot chocolates featured at @diva_met, as shot by @bb3gotravel – made us reflect on how this year's HC flavours were so sophisticated, and at the same time so much fun. #hotchocolatefest #30daysofhotchocolate #vancouver #hotchocolatefestival #hotchocolate #divaatthemet
With many Vancouver favourites participating and dozens of unique flavours featured, it’s going to be impossible to narrow it down and choose the best hot chocolate.
Where will you be starting your search? Which flavour is calling your name?