The 10th annual Oregon Chocolate Festival will be held March 7 through 9, 2014, at the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 East Main Street, Ashland, Oregon.
Oregon chocolatiers are featured, with more than 40 vendors presenting a variety of fine chocolates and chocolate-inspired products. Chefs, pastry chefs and candy-makers will demonstrate their favorite recipes, providing cooking tips and baking secrets.
You might have heard about Dagoba or Lillie Belle Farms. These are well established and nationally recognized chocolatiers, who originated right here in the Rogue Valley. Expect to meet them together with some less known companies including Bransons Chocolates, Sipping Dreams, Stirs the Soul Organic Raw Chocolates and many others.
Try unique combinations, unexpected flavor profiles, and decadent infusions with truffles, bars, crunchy toffees, marshmallows, drinking chocolate, chocolate flavored cheeses, chewy cookies, cupcakes, sauces and syrups, chocolate covered nuts, ice cream and other gooey, delicious goodness.
Besides sampling and purchasing chocolate, the festival offers visitors a wonderful line up of events. Some of the events have a limited space and require reservations in advance, so look them over and reserve your space in advance.
During the festival, judges pick their favorites and award them the title of the Best Chocolate Product in the following categories:
*Best Traditional Use of Chocolate
*Best Drinking Chocolate
*Best Use of Chocolate in Baked Goods
*Best Chocolate Candy
*Best Raw Chocolate Product
*Best in Show
Festival-goers can vote for the People’s Choice award winner.
If you really, really love chocolate, consider buying a ticket for the Chocolate Makers Dinner March 7, 2014. The executive chef from Larks Restaurant, Damon Jones, will create a four-course dinner featuring chocolate in each dish. Reservations are required; cost is $64. Take a look at the video for some highlights:
(Small and bottom photo courtesy of Oregon Chocolate Festival. Top photo credit (not from the festival) is from David Mixner.