Hot Chocolate Fest!


Who’s excited for Cityfood Magazine’s 9th Annual Hot Chocolate Fest? WE ARE! And you should be too, because there’s no better way to beat back the post-holiday-cum-mid-winter doldrums like a rich, steaming cup of C7H8N4O2.

Last year’s Birthday Wishes from Butter Baked Goods. Photo: @butterbakedgoods

Starting January 19th, there are 70+ flavours going live in 36 different venues for this year’s festival, which runs until Valentine’s Day (Feb 14th).

The staff at VFM are already compiling our lists of top picks to try this year, which include dazzlers like The Bajillionaire (salted caramel + bourbon whipped cream), Wake Me Up Before You Cocoa (espresso + hazelnut), The Umami Experience (tamari + caramel), Love Is A Bitch (mango, tequila + white chocolate), Peta Kool-Aid (vegan coconut cream ganache), The Big Smoke (smoky oak-infused Callebaut), and My Milkshake Brings All the Boys to the Yard (Valrhona chocolate served with a strawberry lollipop).

This is by no means an exhaustive list (you can find that here), and we are planning to try as many as possible – not only because we love you HC, but also because partial proceeds of this year’s festival benefit our Fresh to Families Fund. Fresh to Families provides fresh food coupons to low income families that can be used to purchase fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, nuts, and dairy at any farmers market in the province.

In conclusion, the more hot chocolate everyone drinks, the more fresh, healthy food gets to families who need it, and the more local farmers benefit from increased sales at the markets. So drink up!

Hot Chocolate Fest runs January 19th – February 14th, 2019. Grab a Festival Walking Map (available at both Winter Markets) and don’t forget to tag your hot chocolate moments at participating venues for a chance to win a VIP pass to next year’s festival! More contest details here.