Chocolate Festival Events
Whether you want to taste exotic cocoa concoctions, shop for gourmet gift items, or learn about cocoa bean processing, you can do it at this sweet unique event. Head to the Chocolate and Wine Pavilion (extra ticket required) for gourmet wine and dessert tastings, or sign up for the “Earthquake” Ice Cream Eating Contest and try to chow down on a giant sundae – with your hands. You can also see chef demonstrations at the festival’s two culinary stages, or head to Chocolate School and learn the steps it takes to make a chocolate bean into a bar. There will also be a silent auction to benefit Project Open Hand, with over 20 premium vendors offering exciting prizes and gift items.
The chocolate celebrations are centered at Ghirardelli Square, located in the heart of San Francisco’s historic waterfront. General events are free, and tickets to other festivities can be purchased online in advance in a number of exciting packages. Tickets range in price from $30 for the Chocolate and Wine Pavilion tastings to $125 for a VIP Chocolate Experience.