Desserts

Hot Chocolate Festival Vancouver 2014 Lineup

By Vancity Buzz Staff | 10:40 am PST, Tue January 7, 2014 | Speak Up

During the cold winter days, nothing beats a cup of hot chocolate. This year is the 4th annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival, a city known for chocolate delights (after all we have the #1 spot in the world for chocolate). 

The HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL returns January 18 to February 14 with over 20 local chocolate makers and over 60 crazy flavours!

Hot Chocolate Festival Vancouver 2014 Participating Shops

  1. Blenz Coffee, International Village (603 Abbott Street)
  2. Blenz Coffee, Waterfront (232 Howe Street)
  3. Blenz Coffee, South Granville (2506 Granville Street)
  4. Blenz Coffee, Fairview (695 West Broadway)
  5. Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe
  6. Bel Cafe
  7. Bella Gelateria + To Die For Banana Bread
  8. Chocolate Arts
  9. Chocolaterie De La Nouvelle France
  10. Coconymph Chocolates & Confections
  11. East Van Roasters
  12. French Made Baking
  13. Koko Monk
  14. The Last Crumb Baker & Cafe
  15. Schokolade Artisan Chocolate & Cafe
  16. Thierry Chocolaterie, Patisserie,  Cafe
  17. Thomas Haas Chocolates
  18. UVA Wine Bar
  19. Gem Chocolates
  20. Leonidas Chocolates
  21. Soirette Macarons & Tea
  22. Terra Breads

 

With over 60 flavours to choose from, it’s going to take at least a month to try them all.  Trend observers won’t be surprised to see salted caramel, Earl Grey tea and cardamom as popular flavour choices again this year. But if they’re looking for something a little edgier, they will find plenty to tempt their curiosity.

After all, when’s the last time you tried a hot chocolate flavoured with…

PARMESAN: The “Phaun’s Fancy” from CocoaNymph‘s lineup (named after the Classical Gods), unites chocolate with cheese and nutmeg.

LICORICE:  Kerrisdale’s Gem Chocolates makes a ”Twisted Romance” of Belgian chocolate and Australian natural black licorice.

CURRY:  Festival newcomer, Koko Monk Chocolates will fly chocolate lovers straight to Bollywood with ”The Brunette Bangle“.

POTATO CHIPS:  Ouch! Mink Chocolates takes a playful stab at the Food Network with “Paula Dean’s White Trash Train Wreck” - a caloric spectacle of milk chocolate, condensed milk, salted Kettle Chips and whipped cream. 

CABERNET: Wine lovers will want to take a spin with Terra Bread’s “Call Me a Cab” - a joy ride of chocolate, red wine, cinnamon and pear. 

PEPPERMINT & TUMERIC:  Groovy, baby! Leonidas Chocolates captures the artistic temperament with ”Boho Secret” - a performance piece of honey, black pepper, peppermint and turmeric.

FOREST FIRE FUMES: Take the batteries out of the smoke detector! Thomas Haas Chocolates’ ”Campfire” will be smoldering with smoked Hawaiian sea salt and smoked caramel.

* And meanwhile … localvores should not overlook Soirette Macarons & Tea. The drinks at this Coal Harbour sweet shop and café have been inspired by the Vancouver landmarks of Stanley Park, Chinatown, Grouse Mountain and the Granville Island Public Market.  A cup of cedar-scented “9 O’Clock Gun”, anyone?

Hot chocolate purists need not fret. Most of the vendors will be serving at least one drink featuring unflavoured, hi-cocoa content chocolate only.  Thierry’s “Apamakia“, for example, will be made from a special plantation-grown cocoa that is exclusively available at their Alberni Street patisserie and cafe.

Now while you can’t get around the fact that these drinks contain sugar, beyond the pure, high antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, several vendors will also be upping the health quotient with coconut, soy or almond milk, as well as 100% vegan ingredients. Look for these marked on the menus at French Made BakingSchokolade, CocoaNymph and Chocolateria de la Nouvelle France.

 

Speak Up

  • CHris

    Am I missing something here? Besides money going to some organization, what is so different during this festival compared to just going it any other time and ordering a hot chocolate? Is it free hot chocolate by donation?

  • Katie

    The festival is marked by special hot chocolates created for and sold only during the festival. :) It is a magical time to explore new venues and taste special creations from familiar ones!

  • Starla Dejong-Goumans

    Thankyou Katie i have been surfing net to find out what exactly this festival is. Sounds yummers!

  • M.A.

    How about adding addresses and links?

  • barb eisinger

    How about caterogizing by neigbourhoods?

  • Perry

    It’s weird they don’t have their own website. The least they can do is do something similar to the Dineout Vancouver website, even though that website isn’t very good at sorting results, but it’s still better than no website at all.

    If only there’s a map that shows all the participants… Now I have to punch them in one by one on Google Map, which is a HUGE chore and a deterent to participation.

  • CityFood

    It’s all here: http://www.cityfood.com/hotchocolate/

    Including Google maps and an official downloadable map: http://www.cityfood.com/hotchocolate/your-walking-map

    Plus drinks by flavour categories, daily lists of available flavours, and info on how to enter the Festival photo contest.

  • CityFood

    The downloadable map does that for you here: http://www.cityfood.com/hotchocolate/your-walking-map

  • Vanna

    There’s a walking map and a non walking map http://www.cityfood.com/hotchocolate/ look at the left column!

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