The Hot Chocolate Festival this year runs from January 18th until February 14th (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.
This year 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of Vancouver’s Hot Chocolate Festival
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 ice cream!
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.
List of participating restaurants
49TH PARALLEL COFFEE + LUCKY’S DOUGHNUTS
1931 GALLERY BISTRO
BAKER AND TABLE
BELLAGGIO CANADA PLACE
BJORN BAR BAKERY
BUDDHA-FUL CAFÉ + GLOW CHOCOLATES
BUTTER BAKED GOODS
EARNEST ICE CREAM
EAST VAN ROASTERS
GLENBURN SODA FOUNTAIN
MON PARIS PÂTISSERIE
NELSON THE SEAGULL
PERVERTED ICE CREAM
SCIUÉ ITALIAN BAKERY CAFÉ
SOIRETTE PASTRY BOUTIQUE
THOMAS HAAS CHOCOLATES
TRAFIQ CAFÉ & BAKERY
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.
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!