The annual OREGON CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL is back in Ashland, OR the weekend of March 2-4, 2012.

For the 8th time Oregon chocolatiers come to Ashland to showcase their diverse creations. The festival is completely dedicated to Oregon chocolatiers.

Chocolate Truffles

Expect the unexpected! From traditional hand rolled truffles, enrobed in the finest chocolates, to sauces, toffee, and hot chocolate. For those looking for some exciting flavors check out chocolate covered smoked bacon, spicy southern accents found in the ‘Hot Mama’ toffee by Melting Pot Candy, or mouth watering truffles infused with such bold flavors as espresso, lime, or lavender. There is something for everyone! Get your taste buds teased with delicious baked goods dipped in or stuffed with chocolate, raw chocolate, chocolate-cheese spreads, and even chocolate inspired products, including white chocolate body butter. And don’t forget about wine. Southern Oregon wine makers showcase their pinot, merlot, and zinfandels, that pair so well with chocolate.

Annually this show brings together more than 50 vendors and attracts over 1500 visitors. Mark your calendar and start planning your weekend in Ashland. Join us in celebrating all things chocolate!

The annual OREGON CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL – a weekend-long event will take place at the Ashland Springs Hotel and many other locations throughout downtown Ashland. Festival tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Ashland Springs Hotel. Call toll free 888-795-4545.

Festival attractions include:

Meet, sample & buy! – Over 50 Oregon chocolatiers and other specialty food vendors present their products and tease your palate with decadent and exciting flavors! (Saturday & Sunday 11am – 3pm at the hotel).

Chocolate – themed First Friday Art Walk organized by the Ashland Gallery Association(Friday, 5 – 8pm). Enjoy diverse forms of art, local wines and chocolates. Stop by Ashland Springs Hotel and view Kevin Shaw from Coastal Mist build his 10 tier chocolate cake, and visit with other artists and vendors showcased in the hotel lobby.

Chocolate Makers Dinner (Friday, 6:30 – 9pm) Two executive chefs, Kate Cyr and David Georgeson partnered in creating this delightful four-course dinner featuring chocolate in each dish. Dinner is accompanied by presentation from a chocolatier. (Price $59 per person inclusive.)

“Chocolate Confessions” – This hilarious one-woman musical comedy guarantees to entertain and educate. Called “Fabulous, hilarious and delightful” by the Oregonian. (Saturday, 3:30 at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Price $5 per person. Limited sitting. To order tickets call Cabaret box office 541-488-2902)

Baking Class at Deux Chats Bakery Learn to mix, shape, proof and bake Chocolate Brioche.  Brioche is a sweet yeasted dough floating heavenly between pastry and bread.  With the addition of at least 40% butter and Bittersweet Belgian Couverture Chocolate, Brioche becomes an ethereal  experience.  A three-hour class of fun, laughs and enjoyable learning.  The class finishes with a tasting of Chocolate Brioche – simply delicious; or, paired with Chocolate Pastry Cream, thinly sliced pears and a drizzle of Cabernet Wine Balsamic Reduction for a luscious dessert.  Class will be held at Deux Chats’ 222 “A” Street Bakery. Saturday, March 3, 1pm-4pm $65/person

Edible Facial & Martini Spa Party – Saturday at 4pm  – Join us in the Palm Room of the Ashland Springs Hotel for an evening of delicious cocktails and pampering. Spend time with Waterstone Spa technicians and learn about the powerful benefits of chocolate that can be applied to your skin care regiment. Call Spa for reservations (541) 488-0325.  $30/person includes two chocolate martinis. Great chocolate festival night out with friends!

Hands-on chocolate workshop for kids at the ScienceWorks Hands on Museum – (Sunday, 1- 4pm) Children get to learn about the whole process of making chocolate. It’s an interactive event full of hands-on activities, fun and yummy surprises. Museum fees apply. Free for museum members. www.scienceworksmuseum.org

Workshops and lectures at Varsity Movie Theatre – educational presentations by Oregon chocolatiers, included in the price of the festival ticket (Saturday & Sunday 10am-11am)

Screening of the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” – at the ScienceWorks Museum (Saturday at 4pm)

Wine & Chocolate pairing at the Enoteca – a wine bar located in downtown Ashland, Friday, March 2, 5-8pm

Chocolate treatments at Waterstone Spa & Salon – enjoy blissful massage, mani & pedi, body scrub and other treatments designed to utilize beneficial antioxidants found in chocolate!

Chocolate adventures at the Paddington Station – Tasting of the Shibui Sauce (Friday, March 2nd, 12-4pm) and fun with the Chocolate Fountain (Saturday, March 3rd, 11-3pm)

Tastings will be held on the mezzanine at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St. 541-482-1343

Other festival events: Chocolate Product Competition, Seminars & Talks

Chocolate discount at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre– Call Cabaret box office, mention ‘chocolate’ and receive $5 off “Let’s Misbehave” – showings till March 18, 2012. www.oregoncabaret.com 541-488-2902

Chocolate discount at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival– Chocolate & theatre! Call OSF box office, mention ‘chocolate’ and receive 40% discount for the shows on March 2-4, 2012 www.OSFAshland.org

Harry and David would like to continue the chocolate festivities at the Country Village location!

Chocolate Tasting Party  – Come sample chocolate wines and beers, chocolate cheeses, get a strawberry hand-dipped in our chocolate fountain, and try our most popular chocolate goodies.  We’ll see you there!

(Saturday and Sunday, March 3 & 4)

Chocolate Festival Overnight package at the Ashland Springs Hotel – starting at $189 – includes two tickets to the festival, overnight stay with breakfast, hotel parking, wireless Internet access, and discounts to hotel’s restaurant LARKS, and hotel’s Waterstone Spa. Ultimate weekend getaway!

More Information:

Visit the festival website at www.OregonChocolateFestival.com
Follow the festival on Twitter @OregonChocolate
“Like” the festival on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oregon-Chocolate-Festival

Ashland, Oregon: 8th Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival

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