Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

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Now in its 12th year, CityFood Media presents the Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival, which will feature over 100 hot chocolate designs featured at 67 locations. Try out some new neighbourhoods, and experience as many of these exciting, time-limited flavours as you can.

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Hot Chocolate photo from Artigiano (2021) Photo submitted

Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

January 15 to February 14, 2022

When it launched in 2011, The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival was the first city-wide initiative in the world to use hot chocolate beverage as a way to support small, local business.  Now bigger and better than ever, it features the region’s best chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes and ice cream makers joining forces to make the humble hot chocolate hotter than it has ever been before.

Try the BERRY BERRY GOOD HOT CHOCOLATE from Butter Baked Goods, a rich and creamy hot chocolate with whipped cream and a dollop of raspberry jam with a raspberry marshmallow on top. Or perhaps GONE BANANAS from Boba Run, which is a rich and creamy medley made with a blend of 54.5% dark hot chocolate and house made banana puree served with a petite sponge cake for dipping. Then there’s SAFFRON NOUGATINE from La Glace, it’s a saffron-infused, burnt honey, white hot chocolate with a hint of orange blossom served with a pistachio meringue rosette.

Honolulu Cafe is serving up a dairy free SOYLY GUÌHUĀ, a special concoction using 70% dark chocolate, house-made Guìhuā (osmanthus fragrans) sauce with soy milk, paired with an Oat Guìhuā cookie. Glenburn Soda will have a VIOLET UNDERGROUND. This violet-infused, dark hot chocolate is accompanied by a gluten-free, and dairy-free, iced fudgey brownie. Thomas Haas Chocolates is creating CHERRY NUTTERS, an extra dark hot chocolate with an intense pistachio marshmallow, served with a pistachio and cherry financier. 

Sort your search by gluten free, dairy free, vegan option, and by which places are open late or have takeout/dine-in. View the full List of 100+ Flavours & Location Map »

Charity partners this year include the Vancouver Farmers Markets’ Fresh to Families Program and Growing Chefs.

Instagram Online Photo Contest

Enter into the festival’s Instagram contest for sweet, sweet prizes, consisting of gift certificates valued at $1,125 from participating chocolate makers and cafes.  Tag your hot chocolate photos with #HCFphotocontest on Instagram and you could be enjoying chocolatey treats all year long. Winners will be drawn and announced on Valentine’s Day.

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