For the ultimate celebration of chocolate, there are a few delicious chocolate festivals and events taking place. If you are not planning to be near any of the festivals, you can browse a list of chocolate recipes for homemade chocolate creations.
Chocolate Festivals and Special Events
- The Festival of Chocolate
January 19 - 23, 2012 in Tampa, Florida
Dates to be announced in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Dates to be announced in Orlando, Florida
Billed as the largest all chocolate event in the Southeast U.S., this festival features tastes and treats from many of the region's best chocolatiers and confection companies, plus pastry chef demonstrations, competitions and contests, chocolate and wine pairings, chocolate classes and more.
- International Chocolate Festival
January 25 - 27, 2013 in Coral Gables, Florida
Held at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, this annual event for chocolate lovers features tastings, cacao tree sales, a family friendly ChocoKids area, cooking demonstrations, contests, lectures and more.
- Carolina Chocolate Festival
February 2 - 3, 2013 in Morehead City, North Carolina
Just in time for Valentine's Day, this annual celebration of chocolate features a weekend of chocolate delights, featuring chocolate vendors, cooking demonstrations, special dinners, spa treatments, a wine tasting and more.
- Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival
February 1 - 3, 2013 in Wilmington, North Carolina
This festival features delights from regional wineries, chocolatiers and artisans. The event kicks off on Friday nigh with a Grand Tasting gala of chocolate and wine tasting and samples, hors d'oeuvres and entertainment. The festival showcase takes place on Saturday and Sunday, featuring products for sampling and for sale, roaming musicians, demonstrations and more in a marketplace setting.
- The Mobile Chocolate Festival
February 23, 2013 in Mobile, Alabama
This festival features chocolate artisans and vendors offering tasting samples and items for purchase, plus a chocolate challenge, Project Yum Way (chocolate inspired fashions), a children's area and more.
- Chocolate Lovers' Festival
February 9, 2013 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Enjoy chocolate tasting, dipping fountains, a selection of chocolate gifts for purchase and more.
- Chocolate Lovers Festival
March 2 - 3, 2013 in Fairfax, Virginia
Downtown historic Fairfax, Virginia celebrates the yumminess of chocolate at this annual event for chocolate lovers.
- Virginia Chocolate Festival
March 23 - 24, 2013 in Norfolk, Virginia
The Virginia Arts Festival celebrates chocolate with a schedule of events at Scope Exhibition Hall, featuring chocolate sampling, demonstrations, entertainment, a chocolate bake-off and more.
- Lewisburg Chocolate Festival
April 13, 2013 in Lewisburg, West Virginia
Enjoy a sweet day of chocolate-themed events including a chocolate sampling extravaganza, chocolate mousse eating contest, bake offs, musical performances and other events for all ages.