Now in its 13th year, the Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival will feature over 140 hot chocolate designs featured at 95 locations. Try out some new neighbourhoods, and experience as many of these exciting, time-limited flavours as you can January 14 – February 14, 2023.
Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival 2023
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.
Flavours & Chocolate Creations Galore
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 140+ Flavours & Location Map »
At Giovane Caffè (1049 W Cordova St & 418 W Georgia), the modern take on an Italian coffee bar, you can try these two flavour: The Mandorlata Calda has rich cocoa powder and creamy almond butter. With a hint of cinnamon, topped with cinnamon sprinkles and crushed almond bits, the drink highlights the traditional Italian Almond flavour. Served with a side cantucci cookie. And the second option is the Amarena Calda, a dark chocolate cherry-infused hot chocolate made with plant-based milks, topped with chantilly cream and dusted with chocolate shavings. This drink is a nod to the Italian Tartofu – served with a vanilla amaretto cookie.
Super Veloce (in the lobby of the Shaw Tower) will have the Testa Arancione (shown in photo above) which features house-made sugar-free orange zest syrup with cocoa powder and steamed almond milk, topped with vegan coconut cream and fresh orange zest. The drink comes with a Coconut Rocher Protein ball for some extra energy. Their second offering is the Miura SV/ Alfa Romeo Farina, a Macadamia Maca Dark Hot chocolate topped with cocoa and maca, served with a Pistachio Power Ball.
Honolulu Coffee (888 Nelson St, 2098 W 41st Ave, 97 W 2nd) has crafted two whimsical and tantalizing creations set to whisk Vancouverites away for a sweet escape: The Donut – A donut-shaped hot chocolate using 70% dark chocolate mixed with a single shot of espresso and finished with a sea salt cream cheese frosty topping. (Can be made decaf, but cannot be non-dairy). The drink is paired with a donut-shaped fudge chocolate cake glazed with refreshing raspberry icing. And Raincouver – This fun, 70% dark hot chocolate comes with pink Himalayan salt melting a cloud of suspended cotton candy.
Enjoy these and many, many more!
Enter The Fest’s Contest
Enter into the festival’s Instagram contest for sweet, sweet prizes, consisting of gift certificates valued at $1,500 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.