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Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival 2018

Vancouver Hot Chocolate FestivalThe Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is a local excuse for people to treat themselves to mugs of gourmet hot cocoa from some of the city’s best cafes.

Hot Chocolate Festival 2018

The 2018 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival runs from January 20th until February 14th (the last day of which is Valentine’s Day).

Close to three dozen cafes, bakeries and chocolatiers throughout the region participate in the event by offering extra special gourmet cups of hot chocolate on their menus. Even a few gelato and specialty ice cream shops join in too!

Each participating venue offers a special selection of hot chocolate creations during the festival. Ingredients include everything from white chocolate to dark chocolate, Belgian chocolate, exotic whipped creams, torched marshmallow, cookie crumbs and even ice cream!

It’s not really a “festival” …

The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival isn’t so much a “festival” as an excuse to indulge, warm yourself up and try different cafes around town. In fact, often when you go to a venue you have to look around for their Hot Chocolate Festival menu. It’s a pretty subtle “festival,” but the drinks are good and usually somewhat out of the ordinary.

At the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival don’t expect parades, balloons, live entertainment, fireworks or even craft activities and face painting for children. It’s not that kind of festival at all. Again, it’s an excuse for a unique cup of hot chocolate, but a good one!

Given that Vancouver’s winter can start to get dreary by the end of January and early February, any excuse to indulge in something like hot chocolate is a welcome opportunity!

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Festival Participants

Some of the festival’s participating venues most years include the following:

For more information on the event and the full list of participating locations see the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival website.

Rainy Day Activities

For a list of other things to do in the region check out the January or February Calendars of Events, or Vancouver’s Festivals & Events Calendar.


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