11th annual Oregon Chocolate Festival – MARCH 6-8, 2015
People come to Ashland for many reasons. Many across the country associate it with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Others love Southern Oregon outdoors and combine white water rafting escapade with wine tasting in the Rogue Valley. For others Ashland is just a sweet place to getaway after a busy week, where abundance of world-class spas, boutique shops and award-winning restaurants can seriously hurt one’s wallet. In the last couple of years Ashland has also established itself as the capital of all things chocolate! Over the course of one weekend in March Ashland welcomes over 40 chocolate companies at the annual Oregon Chocolate Festival.
The festival is completely dedicated to the West Coast chocolatiers and their amazing creations. Vendors present a variety of fine chocolates and chocolate-inspired products that tease taste buds of over 1500 visitors. The 11th annual Oregon Chocolate Festival will take place, as in previous years, at the Ashland Springs Hotel between March 6 and 8, 2015.
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, Cocotuttu, Stirs the Soul Organic Raw Chocolates and many others. Don’t they all have great names! That’s just the beginning. Wait to taste their products. 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 and other gooey, delicious goodness.
Besides sampling and purchasing chocolate, the festival offers visitors a wonderful line up of events: live music, chef demos, workshops and more!!
Review by one of our Facebook ticket giveaway winners:
“I was one of the ticket winners to this year’s Oregon Chocolate Festival. I want to thank you for a wonderful time. The chocolates, wine, toffees, and other delectable chocolates were just what this premenopausal woman needed. After Dark and Carbuca were my two favorite vendors this year. Smoked Chocolate with Lime Caramel? Are you kidding me? It was fabulous! And the Coconut and Amoretto truffles from After Dark are out of this world. Let us not forget that by awarding me tickets you were part of the “saving lives” campaign. I was so busy at all the vendor tables that most people didn’t get to me. And if they did, I popped a chocolate, sipped some wine and all was good in the world again. J Plus, I came home with almost two bag full’s of chocolate items for me and my friends.
The weather was beautiful, the shopping was magical and the music we heard at various businesses was memorable. What a wonderful event in a wonderful town. Thank you” – Kelly Hilton 3/13/2015