Can you imagine a world without chocolate? No? But will it always be available and what are the challenges the makers face today? And did you know, just like wine, the taste of your chocolate varies depending on where the cocoa comes from? You can learn about all of this at Chocolate Festival. Chocoa Festival is the place where you learn the process from bean to bar, discover the wide variety of flavours in good cocoa and better chocolate, taste many food pairings while being guided by your favourite chocolate makers.
A two day Chocolate Festival in the heart of Amsterdam! Tasting, enjoying and discovering new flavours with wine, coffee and craft beer at the more than 85 stands. Take a journey through the cocoa chain and learn how chocolate is being made from bean to bar. A full day programme of tastings and presentations given by experts.
Learn everything you have ever wanted to know about the magical world of chocolate:
Meet the renowned chocolate makers and experts
Vote in the chocolate maker competitions
Test your choco-knowledge during the “Let’s Talk Chocolate” Consumer Debate and take the Quiz!
Taste different chocolates from amazing patissiers and chocolatiers
Combine chocolate with different liquors in tastings
Understand developments of sustainable chocolate production and how chocolate is made.
Bring your children along to the Kids Corner where you can paint, colour and get creative! Also, listen to Sjakie and the Chocolate Factory stories every hour in the Kids Corner. Also, find ping-pong and table football games in de Effectenbeurszaal for the older kids!
Hot Chocolate Awards (Saturday and Sunday, award ceremony Sunday afternoon)
For the third time, international chocolate makers will be competing. During Choco 2019 chocolate makers battled for the title “Best Hot Chocolate of the Netherlands 2020”. Guests joined the jury in tasting and voting throughout the weekend. In 2019 the professional jury was chaired by renown tv personality Janny van der Heijden, together with other experts. She guided the audience through the competition, tasted result and congratulated the 2019 winner. In 2020 more competition awaits!
Two full days of chocolate tastings, demonstrations, discussions with chocolate makers and with cocoa farmers, the story behind the cocoa. Tastings with related ‘terroir products’ such as coffee, wine, and more.
The importance of sustainable chocolate | Consumer Debate
Join us in the consumer debate about sustainable cocoa and chocolate during the Chocolate Festival. What are the challenges in the market and how can chocolate lovers support change for the cocoa farmers? Consumers are, of course, a critical factor in the move towards a sustainable cocoa market place. The demand for sustainable chocolate gets fueled by the awareness of consumers. We want to know what consumers have to say about the future of cocoa and chocolate. In return, consumers get a chance to hear what has been done and what will follow in response to the changing needs of consumers.
How is chocolate made?
Ever seen how your chocolate bar is made? where the cacao comes from and what needs to be done before you hold it and open the wrapper? At the Chocoa festival you will learn in various ways how the process from bean-to-bar is done and what it takes to make good chocolate.
An exhibition following the production chain of cacao and chocolate, tastings and presentations of international experts, education, games and live cooking with chocolate: learn all you ever wanted to know about your favourite chocolate.
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