Escondido Chocolate Festival “A Tasting Affair” happens in Historic Downtown Escondido, Saturday, February 8, noon – 5 p.m.
Bring your sweetheart or just your sweet tooth to beautiful Downtown Escondido to enjoy the “For The Love of Chocolate” Escondido Chocolate Festival. Stroll in and out of 20 plus participating restaurants, shops and spas in Historic Downtown Escondido, while sampling chocolates paired with local fine wines, craft beer and spirits.
Activities include gourmet chocolates and chocolate themed tastings from participating restaurants, plus local fine wines, craft beer, champagne (sparkling wine) & spirit pairings.
There will also be free pedi-cab rides compliments of Design MOE Kitchen & Bath and Stone & Glass
Other attractions include serenading by the Music Men Chorus, a Barbershop quartet, free glass blowing demos by Stone & Glass.
Two Chocolate Making Classes will be offered for $30 by D’Liteful Chocolat, to be held at Cute Cakes Bakery & Café.
The way the Chocolate Festival works is this: Attendees purchase a ticket “Passport” which includes a 1.) tasting glass, 2.) bag filled with swag, coupons and information from participating Grand Avenue Businesses and 3.) map indicating each “Tasting Location”. Attendees obtain their “Passport” from “Will Call” located on Maple Street Plaza and then leisurely stroll to each of the 20+ tasting locations to sample chocolate or a chocolate themed tasting paired with wine, beer, etc. Attendees must drink any alcoholic beverages prior to leaving each location which allows them to meander through and get familiar with each business while enjoying their chocolate adventure!
Only 350 Tickets will be sold. The festival typically sells out days before the event. Tickets are discounted at $40 until 5 p.m. on 1/31/20 OR $50 2/1/20 thru 2/7/20 Designated Driver (No Alcohol) Tickets are $30 until 5 p.m. 1/31/20 OR $40 2/1/20 thru 2/7/20.
The optional Chocolate Making Classes are $30 each. This is an age 21+ only event.
This event typically attracts 350 attendees, age 25-60 from Escondido and neighboring cities. Both couples, as well as groups and friends with “Sweet Tooth’s” are drawn to this event. They are chocolate eating, often wine and beer drinking, friendly people who like to experience something different, all the while, supporting small local businesses.