Dallas Chocolate Festival Workshops 2019

Ready to dive deep? Our hands on workshops will give you an even chocolatier experience!

New this year: Workshops will also be held at the F.I.G., both Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7th and 8th.
Start times vary by class.

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Event Details

Key Details:

What:  2019 Dallas Chocolate Festival Workshops
Where:  The Fashion Industry Gallery   (The F.I.G.): 1807 Ross Ave #167, Dallas, TX 75201
When: Saturday/Sunday, September 7&8, 2019 Times TBD
Cost:  varies per class

Featuring:

  • Bean-to-bar chocolate making with industry experts
  • Whiskey and Chocolate Tastings
  • Wine Chocolate Pairings
  • Beer and Chocolate Pairing

Workshop Details

Saturday, Sept. 7th Workshops:

History of Chocolate:

Sophia Rae

A Flavorful Journey from the Azetcs to Modern Times

Stories and sweet sensations deliciously collide all in the name of chocolate!  Sophia Rea, chocolate sommelier and owner of Projet Chocolat, invites you to a unique tasting event presenting a mouthwatering journey into the history of chocolate.  She will guide you through your tasting of chocolate and its surprising suitors with interesting facts & folklore. Accompanying her presentation Sophia will display artifacts taken from her personal chocolate museum.

When:  Saturday, Sept. 7  from 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Where:  The Fashion Industry Gallery Cafe (located downstairs at the F.I.G., entrance off the main exterior walkway) 1807 Ross Avenue (entrance on Akard)
Cost:  $30  (does not include admission to festival)

Beer & Chocolate Pairing

A celebration of local craftsmanship: join the Texas Ale Project and Yelibelly Chocolates for a fun and insightful beer and chocolate pairing class.  There will be several pours paired with delicious chocolates, as well as presentations from TAP’s owner David Stephens and Yelibelly’s Sarah “Yeli” Marshall.  You’re sure to learn a lot and have some fun.

When:  Saturday, Sept. 7  from 2:00PM – 3:15PM
Where:  The Fashion Industry Gallery Cafe (located downstairs at the F.I.G., entrance off the main exterior walkway) 1807 Ross Avenue (entrance on Akard)
Cost:  $25  (does not include admission to festival)

Bean to Bar / Grain to Glass

Dive deep into where your food comes from with this whiskey and chocolate pairing workshop.  The experts from internationally recognized Balcones Distillery (of Waco, TX) will join with the bean to bar chocolate maker Danielle Centeno of Escazu chocolates for four pairings that enhance the flavors of both the pour and the bite.  This is a unique opportunity to learn about the craft process for two industries where you can taste the passion for perfection.

When:  Saturday, Sept. 7  from 4:00PM – 5:15PM
Where:  The Fashion Industry Gallery Cafe (located downstairs at the F.I.G., entrance off the main exterior walkway) 1807 Ross Avenue (entrance on Akard)
Cost:  $25  (does not include admission to festival)

Sunday, Sept. 8th Workshops:

Bean to Bar Chocolate Making

This class is for people serious about their chocolate making education. Students will work through the entire process of chocolate making: taking cocoa beans and turning them into a  chocolate bar.  The class will be led by renowned chocolate making experts including Art Pollard of Amano Chocolate, Rob Anderson of Fresco Chocolate, Ben Rasmussen of Potomac Chocolate and Jessica Young of 5 Mile Chocolate.  Students will learn the finer points of selecting beans, roasting, cracking, winnowing, grinding, coaching and pouring bars into molds.  Each student will take home a completed chocolate bar.

When:  Sunday, Sept. 8  from 8:30AM – 10:30AM
Where:  The Fashion Industry Gallery Cafe (located downstairs at the F.I.G., entrance off the main exterior walkway) 1807 Ross Avenue (entrance on Akard)
Cost:  $60  (does not include admission to festival)

History of Chocolate:

A Flavorful Journey from the Azetcs to Modern Times

Stories and sweet sensations deliciously collide all in the name of chocolate!  Sophia Rea, chocolate sommelier and owner of Projet Chocolat, invites you to a unique tasting event presenting a mouthwatering journey into the history of chocolate.  She will guide you through your tasting of chocolate and its surprising suitors with interesting facts & folklore. Accompanying her presentation Sophia will display artifacts taken from her personal chocolate museum.

When:  Sunday, Sept. 8 from 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Where:  The Fashion Industry Gallery Cafe (located downstairs at the F.I.G., entrance off the main exterior walkway) 1807 Ross Avenue (entrance on Akard)
Cost:  $30  (does not include admission to festival)

Texas Wine and Chocolate Pairing

What could go better together than wine and chocolate? How about Texas wine and Texas Chocolate? We are so excited to feature local makers in this delicious class. Cassaro Winery from Ovilla, TX will be sampling a selection of reds and whites paired with chocolates from San Antonio bean-to-bar chocolate makers Casa Chocolate. Try interesting flavor combinations featuring Texas while learning about wine making and chocolate making.

When:  Sunday, Sept. 8  from 2:00PM – 3:30PM
Where:  The Fashion Industry Gallery Cafe (located downstairs at the F.I.G., entrance off the main exterior walkway) 1807 Ross Avenue (entrance on Akard)
Cost:  $25  (does not include admission to festival)

 

 

 

 

Port Wine and Chocolate Pairing

Port wine is in a category all its own, and nothing brings out it’s nuances like a fine piece of chocolate.  Learn about the finer points of this storied wine from Kobrand’s Port Brand Ambassador Zachary Mazur.  Tony Najjar owner of Houston-based Xocolla will be on hand with delicious pairings from his lines of single origin chocolates, inclusion bars and other chocolate confections. Attendees will receive 4 to 5 pairings of port and chocolate.

When:  Sunday, Sept. 8  from 4:00PM – 5:30PM
Where:  The Fashion Industry Gallery Cafe (located downstairs at the F.I.G., entrance off the main exterior walkway) 1807 Ross Avenue (entrance on Akard)
Cost:  $25  (does not include admission to festival)

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Check out the D Magazine slide show retrospective of the 2018 festival and see what it’s all about.  We hope you join us in celebrating all things chocolate in the heart of Dallas’s Arts District at the F.I.G. (Fashion Industry Gallery) this September. Join our mailing list using the form in the footer to get insider information about ticket sales, event announcements, and all the news in Dallas Chocolate!