Dallas Chocolate Festival Main Event 2018

Are you ready for some chocolate?  Then you’ve come to the right place! 
There will be demos, classes and of course – chocolate!
Tickets on sale now!

Event Details

This is the best chocolate day ever!  Over 60 exhibitors to experience.  Taste, learn, shop!  It’s all your chocolate-loving brain can handle.

What: The Dallas Chocolate Festival Main Event
When:  Saturday, September 8th, 2018.  Ticket holders can attend lectures and demos all day on a first come first seated basis.  Entry times to the exhibitor hall:  11:00AM, 12:30PM, 2:00PM, 3:30PM.
Where:  The Fashion Industry Galleries (the F.I.G.) in downtown Dallas.  1807 Ross Avenue.  (Entrance on Akard across the street from the Fairmont)
Tickets:  General Admission Tickets – $35,  Children’s Tickets (10 and under)  – $5.
Parking: Parking is available in the Ross Tower parking garage for $5.  Valet Parking is available on Akard for $10.


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Ticket Entry Times on Saturday, Sept. 8th:

To manage flow through the festival exhibitor hall, tickets are assigned an entry time at four points throughout the day:  11:00AM,  12:30PM,  2:00PM and 3:30PM.

From noon to 5:00 there will also be demonstrations, lectures and round table discussions, a kids area and more.  All ticket holders are welcome to attend these features throughout the entire day on a first come first seated basis.

Presentation and Demo Schedule


Whole Foods Demo Room:  Macaron making with Isabel Mota of My French Recipe
Classroom 1:  The Future of Chocolate.  Presenter:  Lauren Adler, Owner and Chief Chocophile of Chocolopolis



Whole Foods Demo Room:  Cacao Juice, for cocktail mixers and more.  Presenter: Justin Hutchinson of Repurposed Pod
Classroom 1:  The Future of Chocolate Round Table Discussion.  Panelists:  Art Pollard of Amano Chocolate, Yelena Caputo of A Priori Distribution, Jael Rattigan of French Broad Chocolates, David Menkes of Letterpress Chocolate and Joshua Rosen of Charm School Chocolate.  Moderated by Catherine Cuellar
Classroom 2:  “Free Chocolate” a novel.  Author Amber Royer reads from her Sci-Fi thriller about an intergalactic war over Earth’s most precious resource: chocolate.



Whole Foods Demo Room:  Decorar con chocolate Una presentación en español.  Con Roscio Estrada de Chocolate Secrets
Classroom 1:  Party like it’s 2020:  The Future of Chocolate Tasting.  Presented by food writer Estelle Tracey of 37Chocolates.com
Classroom 2:  “The Art and Craft of Chocolate” by Nate Hodge.  Nate Hodge, Head Chocolate Maker from Raaka Chocolate presents his new book.



Whole Foods Demo Room:  Making Toffee Treats with ML Dubay of Toffee Treats and Chocolate Sweets
Classroom 1:  The Future of Dallas Chocolate.  Panelists include:  Dr. Sue Williams of Dr. Sue’s Chocolates, Jessica Young of 5 Mile Chocolate, Sara “Yeli” Marshall of Yelibelly Chocolate, Rain McDermott of Dallas Caramel Company and Steffany Villalobos of Whole Foods Market
Classroom 2:  “Making Chocolate”  Greg D’Alesandre of Dandelion Chocolate will present the chocolate company’s book of chocolate making and recipes. 



Whole Foods Demo Room:  Tempering Chocolate, the how’s and why’s.  Presenter:  Kerry Beal, owner of EZ Temper by the Chocolate Doctor
Classroom 1:  The Future of Chocolate – Genetic Engineering.  Presenter:  Dr. Romi Burks, Professor of Biology at Southwestern University

Seats for lectures and demonstrations are available on a first come first seated basis.

Featured Vendors

2018 Participants

Chocolate Makers:
LetterPress Chocolate (Los Angeles, CA)
Hoja Verde Chocolate (Quito, Ecuador)
Xocolla Chocolatier Artisan (Sugar Land, TX)
Amano Artisan Chocolate (Orem, UT)
Fresco Chocolate (Lynden, WA)
Guittard Chocolate (Burlingame, CA)
Potomac Chocolate (Woodbridge, VA)
Pacari Chocolate (Quito, Ecuador)
Fruition Chocolate (Shokan, NY)
5 Mile Chocolate (Oak Cliff, TX)
Charm School Chocolate (Baltimore, MD)
Dandelion Chocolate (San Francisco, CA)
Escazú Chocolates (Raleigh, NC)
Markham & Fitz Chocolate (Bentonville, AR)
Chocotenango (Washington, D.C.)
Casa Chocolates (San Antonio, TX)
French Broad Chocolates (Asheville, NC)
K + M Extravirgin Chocolates (Napa, CA)
Raaka Chocolate (Brooklyn, NY)
Cultura Craft Chocolate (Denver, CO)
Amedei Tuscany (Pisa, Italy)
Sublime Chocolate (Allen, TX)

Exhibitor list is subject to change.

Event Sponsors

Parking Info

Event parking will be available in the Ross Tower Parking Garage for $5.  Valet Parking available at the Akard Street entrance for $10.

Lodging Info

Fairmont Dallas (literally across the street from the F.I.G.) is the perfect place to stay if you are coming into town for the Dallas Chocolate Festival!

2017 Recap

Check out the D Magazine recap of the 2017 festival and see what it’s all about.  We hope you join us in  celebrating all things chocolate in the heart of Dallas’ Arts District at the F.I.G. (Fashion Industry Gallery). Make sure to join our mailing list using the form in the footer to get up-to-date on ticket sales, event announcements, and all the news in Dallas Chocolate!