Chocolate Festivals and Dessert Events

For the chocolate loving family, wouldn’t it be fun to visit a whole festival dedicated to chocolate? We’ve found some really cool events coming up this spring through the end of the year that will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth! Most of these chocolate festivals are in Chicagoland… a few would be more of a day trip. Depends on how far you are willing to travel for chocolate – enjoy!

Chocolate Fest 2017

April 8, 2017
Indianapolis Artsgarden
Claypool Court
110 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Join Arts for Learning for Chocolate Fest 2017, Indiana’s Sweetest Day! Attendees will get the chance to sample from some of Indiana’s best chocolatiers, bakeries, and more while enjoying interactive performances from Arts for Learning Teaching Artists. All proceeds from the event benefit Arts for Learning. Adult Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door. Kids tickets are $5.

Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show

April 22-23, 2017
Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium (Plumbers Hall)
1340 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Free Parking

The world of chocolate is as complex as it is delicious! We invite you to join us and learn a little bit more about this semi-sweet world. Once you pass through the doors, the room will be filled with exquisite chocolates, wines and artisan foods. Try delectable items on display from over 40 artisans before you buy! Perfect event for early holiday shopping for those chocolate lovers on your list! Purchase tickets in advance or at the door while quantities last.

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Long Grove Chocolate Fest

May 19-21, 2017
Downtown Long Grove
308 Old McHenry Rd.
Long Grove, IL 60047
Parking is FREE at all public lots.

Historic Downtown Long Grove’s quintessential festival kicks off the season each year with three days dedicated to old-world charms, family frills and delicious chocolate. Only at Chocolate Fest do life’s most delectable cravings come together with live music to conjure up a time bygone. It’s where children roam the village in search of chocolate treasures (during the Chocolate Scavenger Hunt) while parents zig zag after them in and out of boutiques hunting for their own hidden gems. It’s where local vendors dot cobble-stone streets wheeling out chocolate-infused creations, everything from chocolate pudding pie pops to burgers with chocolate sauce. At the Kid Zone, young souls forget about their phones in lieu of throwback fun, with interactive activities like pie-eating contests, potato sack races, dancing and the bubble show stealing their attention. Presented by Long Grove Confectionery, Chocolate Fest 2017 will introduce new features like a chocolate demo tent and additional satellite parking lots to add to the continuous music on multiple stages and inviting historical backdrop that makes this festival an annual fan favorite. Admission is $5 per person per day, kids 12 and under get in free.

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Burlington WI ChocolateFest

May 2017 (exact dates being confirmed)
Burlington Festival Grounds
681 Maryland Ave.
Burlington, WI 53105

Memorial Day weekend in Burlington means three things, chocolate, chocolate, and you guessed it, chocolate! Every year the Burlington ChocolateFest brings a crowd of nearly 35,000 visitors to the area to experience a weekend of fun, games, rides, cooking demonstrations and of course, chocolate. For over 25 years, this volunteer-run festival has pleased children and appetites, as it raises money for over 65 local and national charities. The festival has a different theme each year and attendees enjoy events ranging from art shows to BMX demonstrations. There are also musical performances and the crowd favorite: a fireworks display.

Andersonville Dessert Crawl

October 2017 (exact date being confirmed)
5149 N. Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

It’s trick-or-treating with a gourmet flair! More than twenty restaurants in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood showcase their sweetest and most delicious wares during the Andersonville Dessert Crawl. Participants will pick up their Dessert Crawl “passport” at the Great Lakes Clinical Trials – Andersonville, and then proceed to the participating restaurants and shops for tasting-sized portions at each location.

Chicago Fine Chocolate Show

November 16-18, 2017
Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

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Free samples!!!! Live pastry demonstrations by the world famous French Pastry School. Learn how to make Truffles, elegant Chocolate Marshmallows, Chocolate Ice Cream, and Chocolate Bouchon (an amazing French-style brownie)! Great seminars on topics like sustainability in chocolate and chocolate making created by the Fine Chocolate Industry Association. A special pavilion highlighting the perfect pairings of fine chocolate and craft beers, wine, spirits, coffee, and tea with expert guide Clay Gordon of The Chocolate Life. The Story of Chocolate presented by the National Confectioners Association where visitors will learn more about the origin and history of chocolate. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children.

About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

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