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2019 DC Chocolate Festival

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La Maison Française at the Embassy of France

4101 Reservoir Road, NW

Washington, dc 20007

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http://www.dcchocolatefestival.com/

The DC Chocolate Festival is back! Please join us for a day of chocolate education and enjoyment at our NEW, beautiful venue: La Maison Française.

Our new partnership with the French Embassy allows us to use their gorgeous light-filled event venue and offer delicious new chocolate sampling and education opportunities!

This event seeks to bring together both chocolate makers and chocolate enthusiasts for a day of tastings, educational micro workshops, and a keynote address. The DC Chocolate Festival features incredible chocolate confections, treats, beverages, and craft chocolate bars from across the local area and the world!

Workshops & Classes

Tasting Room:

  • 10:30AM - 11AM: Kid's Class! with Krissee D'Aguiar of River-Sea Chocolate - A session about chocolate and the chocolate making process just for little ones! This will be a hand's-on and interactive experience for kids of all ages.
  • 11:15AM - 12PM: The Cocoa Beans that Started the Craft Revolution, Chocolate Tasting with Megan Giller: Join award-winning food writer Megan Giller, the author of Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: America's Craft Chocolate Revolution, for a guided tasting of single-origin Madagascar bars as well as Madagascar beans. Known for their bright, fruity flavor, these beans inspired a generation of chocolate makers to create a new style of bar. We'll be tasting everything from 100 percent bars to bars with Pop Rocks, and you'll learn how to taste according to the protocol of the International Chocolate Awards (Megan is a judge) as well as hear behind-the-scenes stories that often are as hilarious as they are poignant. Book signing to follow
  • 12:15PM - 1PM: Connoisseur Games: Bean to Bon Bon & Everything In Between with Mark Christian of C-spot : Fast-track your chocolate expertise — get a read on any bar’s story, from deciphering the wrapper to breaking the flavor code. We’ll blast thru the manifold iterations of the same cacáo bean starting with the raw material, then unsweetened chocolate “liquor”, onto its dark chocolate & milk chocolate renderings.
  • 1:15PM - 2PM: The Flavors of FCCI, with Carla Martin & Jose Lopez Ganam of FCCI: Join in an engaging chocolate tasting about the path of quality in cacao with Carla Martin and Jose Lopez Ganem of the Fine Cacao & Chocolate Institute.
  • 2:15PM - 3PM: Chocolate Party! with Estelle Tracy of 37chocolates.comForget about eating chocolate alone at your desk, chocolate wants to party! In this one-hour class — OK, party — you’ll learn why the future of chocolate is social and how to throw your own chocolate fiesta. Feeling introverted? Estelle will share resources to connect with like-minded chocophiles online, right in your PJs. And yes, you’ll party along with chocolate bars made by a new wave of chocolate-makers.
  • 3:15PM - 4PM: TBD

Auditorium:

  • 11AM - 12PM: Bean to Bar Film - Bean to Bar film focuses on the artisan chocolate makers renaissance in the United States. Offering exotic tastes, textures and variety unavailable in our industrialized food industry, these artisan chocolate makers are celebrated and praised by food critics and chocolate lovers alike.Their passion for excellence through quality over quantity and a working relationship with the farmers, has led to a modern day revival of chocolate's mystery and allure.
  • 2PM - 2:45PM: Chuao, Women, & Cacao Farmers: 400 years of History in Venezuela: One of the most emblematic cacao beans in the world come from Chuao in Venezuela. Additionally, people from Chuao have more than high quality and rare cacaos, they have an amazing history. Cacao beans were the first product exported from Venezuela and one of the first towns to export cacao was Chuao. The history of cacao in Chuao includes incredible pirate stories and community of women farmers who sing a special song everyday. More recently, Chuao's story includes how this small town obtained an appellation of origin and what characteristics make up the the special flavors and aromas of Cacao de Chuao.
  • 3:PM - 3:45PM: Bean to Bar Film - Bean to Bar film focuses on the artisan chocolate makers renaissance in the United States. Offering exotic tastes, textures and variety unavailable in our industrialized food industry, these artisan chocolate makers are celebrated and praised by food critics and chocolate lovers alike.Their passion for excellence through quality over quantity and a working relationship with the farmers, has led to a modern day revival of chocolate's mystery and allure.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This is a 100% ID Check for this event! The DC Chocolate Festival is taking place at La Maison Française, The French Embassy, and as such ALL attendees must be ticketed and have proof of ID that matches their ticket. There is no minimum age requirement, this is a family friendly event! Kids 12+ will need to have a separate ticket.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate visitors in the Embassy parking lot. However, there is substantial space to park on the Embassy's street, Reservoir Road.

We recommend bus, carpooling, biking or ridesharing.

If you catch the bus to the Metro Embassy, two Metro Bus lines, D2 & D6, are available. D6 will take you right to the main gate and D2, half a mile away.

What can I bring into the event?

Please bring your appetite for chocolate! Other than that - pack light.

Please be advised that for security reasons, Embassy staff and security services cannot allow large bags or backpacks to be brought onto Embassy grounds. Any large bags will be confiscated at the entrance gate before the owner can be granted entry.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email: marisol@thechocolatehousedc.com

What's the refund policy?

Refunds will be made up to 7 days before the event.

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4101 Reservoir Road, NW

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