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San Francisco Chocolate Festival and Salon Guide

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The San Francisco Bay Area has such a rich culinary history and food culture – everything from ethnic eats to only-here treats – and some of our favorite San Francisco food tours and activities revolve around chocolate. As you can see from the festivals discussed below, the San Francisco Bay Area truly enjoys and celebrates the confection!

San Francisco International Chocolate Salon

Chocolate disc at San Francisco International Chocolate Salon

On March 5, 2016, Fort Mason Center’s Herbst Pavilion will once again be transformed into the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon, the west coast’s premier chocolate show, now in its tenth year. This fab event bills itself as “30,000 square feet of Chocolate, Wine and Confections,” and it does not disappoint. The organizers (TasteTV) select and feature nothing but “the best of the best,” and participants include master chocolatiers, confectioners, wineries and other extraordinary culinary artisans. (sfchocolatesalon.com)

A pared-down version of the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon is typically held in November – just in time for the holidays! – also at Fort Mason. At the time of this writing, the date for the Fall 2016 event has not yet been set. (fallchocolatesalon.com)

Santa Clara Rivers of Chocolate Benefit

If you’re visiting the Bay Area in April, you may want to head a bit south to Santa Clara for the Rivers of Chocolate benefit, the proceeds from which will help to fight homelessness. The event is scheduled for April 24, 2016. (homefirstscc.org/rivers-of-chocolate/)

San Francisco Chocolate Festival at Ghirardelli Square

Plan your San Francisco vacation for September 10 & 11, 2016, and you can enjoy the 21st Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival, where you can feast on confections and treats from Ghirardelli and other chocolate makers. While the event is free to attend, tickets are required for chocolate tasting samples, and there’s also a chocolate and wine pairing option. All profits from the event will be donated to the non-profit Project Open Hand. (ghirardelli.com/events/chocolate-festival)

Belmont Chocolate Fest

Belmont is a Bay Area community not far from the SFO airport, and you can enjoy a two-day chocolate festival there on October 14 & 15, 2016. The participating vendors might not be quite as “artisan” as the ones at other Bay Area chocolate events, but we imagine it will still be tasty! (uccbelmont.org/events.html)

Photo of Chocolate disc at San Francisco International Chocolate Salon by DragonGirl via flickr (Creative Commons).

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