2018 Chocolate Festival

Ghirardelli Square
San Francisco, CA
September 9th & 10th, 12pm - 5pm

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Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is very excited to announce the 23rd Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival held at Ghirardelli Square benefiting the nonprofit Project Open Hand.

Join us September 8th and 9th from 12pm-5pm to experience Chocolate School, Live Culinary Demonstrations, Ice Cream Eating Contests, Chocolate Tastings and the popular Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge!


The festival highlights a tantalizing array of chocolate-themed events and activities.


Beach Street vendors sample their favorite chocolate delicacies.


Dessert demonstrations are held by local celebrity cefs, and Steve Genzoli, a Ghirardelli Chocolate Master, teaches "Chocolate School" at the Culinary Stage.


A tradition at the Chocolate Festival is the belly-aching, laugh-filled Ghirardelli Ice Cream Eating Contests for children of all ages.


The highly sought after Ghirardelli Chocolate lounge hosts gourmet treats, premium wine, beer, spirits, and live music. It is not to be missed!


There is something for everyone, and plenty to take home as souveniers to remember the day.


This will be a rain or shine event.


Ghirardelli Culinary Stage Schedule


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

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12:30PM - Chef Demo TBD

1:30PM - Steve Genzoli presents Ghirardelli Chocolate School

2:30PM - GHIRARDELLI ICE CREAM EATING CONTEST*

      Children’s Ice Cream Sundae Eating Contest(Ages 5-8)

      Children’s Ice Cream Sundae Eating Contest(Ages 9-12)

      Earthquake Sundae Eating Contest(Ages 13+)

      *Participants will be chosen at random from audience

4:00PM - Chef Demo TBD


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Check back frequently for more information!

12:30PM - Chef Demo TBD

1:30PM - Steve Genzoli presents Ghirardelli Chocolate School

2:30PM - GHIRARDELLI ICE CREAM EATING CONTEST*

      Children’s Ice Cream Sundae Eating Contest(Ages 5-8)

      Children’s Ice Cream Sundae Eating Contest(Ages 9-12)

      Earthquake Sundae Eating Contest(Ages 13+)

      *Participants will be chosen at random from audience

4:00PM - Chef Demo TBD


 

CAN'T ATTEND THE CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL? Donate to Project Open Hand Directly!


All profits from the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival are donated to Project Open Hand, a San Francisco based non-profit that provides healthy meals, nutrition counseling and a sense of belonging to those in need in our communitities.


Project Open Hand has been a life line for over 32 years to those living with HIV/AIDS, senior citizens, and the homebound critically ill.


The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company has raised more than $1,000,000 for the cause over the past 27 years. Since each hot meal costs approximately $2.00 to produce, with your help we have provided 500,000 noourishing meals for those in our communitities.


Find our more about Project Open Hand at OpenHand.org.