Feeling the winter chill? The 9th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is comin’ in hot with 30 vendors and 74 flavours to warm you up!
Running from January 19 to February 14, the festival spotlights Vancouver’s best (and all local) chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes, gelato, and ice cream makers. Always with the goal of making the humble hot chocolate the bombshell it’s meant to be, this year features 74 flavours from 30 locations to tickle a chocoholic’s cocoa fancy. (And for those looking for a dairy-free option, never fear; several vendors are whipping up tasty plant-based options!)
Hot chocolate happens to be this writer’s favourite winter beverage, so the festival’s motto of “Hot Chocolate Makes You Happy!” certainly rings true. The struggle is real to pick which ones to try but, if pressed, some of the mouth watering flavours that have caught my tastebuds’ eyes are:
#02 – “Dark Chocolate Love” from 49th Parallel Roasters. Sumptuous dark chocolate (79%) hot chocolate. Though I’m going rogue and would pair it with the Vegan Chocolate Doughnut. (This the first time Lucky’s has made a vegan doughnut – especially for the Hot Chocolate Festival!)
#19 – “Midnight Spice” (V) from Cartems Donuts. IDark chocolate married with almond milk, organic cayenne, cinnamon and garnished with spices and slivered almonds. Paired with any donut in the display case. “Chocolate Glaze” (V) recommended.
#22 – “Easy Like Sunday Morning” from Chocolate Arts. Maple hot chocolate made with Cacao Barry Madirofolo dark chocolate. Served with a Buttermilk Financier.
#26 – “Lavender Dream” from Diva at the Met. Lavender-and lemongrass-infused white chocolate. Served with a White Chocolate-glazed Doughnut.
#64 – “Maybe the Last” from Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Café. Araguani 72% Valrhona dark chocolate from Venezuela with Espelette chili whipped cream. Served with a mini Tiramisu.
Download the festival walking map here so you can plan your decadent sip itinerary!
2019 Hot Chocolate Festival Vendors
- 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters* (3 locations)
- Baggio Gelateria and Pizzeria
- Beaucoup Bakery
- Bel Café (2 locations)
- BjornBar Bakery
- Butter Baked Goods
- Cadeaux Bakery*
- Cartems Donuts*
- Chez Christophe
- Chocolate Arts
- Diva at the Met
- Earnest Ice Cream* (3 locations)
- Eternal Abundance All Organic Vegan Grocery Café*
- East Van Roasters
- Gem Chocolates
- Glenburn Soda Fountain Confectionary
- Koko Monk Chocolates* (2 locations)
- La Glace
- Mink Chocolates
- Mon Paris Patisserie
- Musette Caffè
- Perverted Ice Cream
- Temper Chocolates and Pastry
- Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Café
- Thomas Haas Chocolates (2 locations)
- Trafiq Café and Bakery
- Uno Gelato*
*Vegan/dairy-free options available
When: January 19 to February 14, 2019
Where: Venues around Vancouver
Why: Because chocolate makes you happy!
Click here for more info and your downloadable walking map.
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