What better way to warm up on a cold winter day than with a cup of hot cocoa?
The seventh annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival returns to the city this Thursday (January 19) and runs through February 14, 2017.
The 27 day event will feature 29 participating cafés, chocolatiers, pastry shops, ice cream parlours, and bakeries that will offer 61 different hot chocolate flavours.
New to this year’s festival include Eternal Abundance Organic Market and Café (offering vegan, organic, gluten-free and nut-free creations), Doughgirls Comfort Kitchen and Bakeshop (its Westbrook Village location means easy access for UBC students), and Swiss Bakery (a Mount Pleasant hot spot).
It’s a known fact that some of the festival participants have offered unique creations in the past, and this year will be no different.
For the adventurous hot chocolate sippers, check out #46 “Hot Pea Pea” at Mink Chocolates (863 West Hastings). It’s a drink that is made with pure couverture chocolate and Ripple “pea milk”, paired with a baby carrot on the side.
#54 “Princess and the Frog” will be offered at Temper Chocolate & Pastry (2409 Marine Drive, West Vancouver)—sans amphibian. This concoction uses Valrhona milk chocolate steamed with pistachio butter, topped with a house-made rosewater marshmallow.
You can bet that the creativity doesn’t stop there.
For more information and a walking map of the festival, click here.
Below is a full list of Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival 2017 participants.
49th Parallel Coffee Roasters (2 locations)
Bella Gelateria + To Die For Fine Foods (2 locations)
Butter Baked Goods
Doughgirls Comfort Kitchen & Bakeshop
Diva at the Met
Earnest Ice Cream (2 locations)
Eternal Abundance All Organic Vegan Grocery & Café
East Van Roasters
French Made Baking
Glenburn Soda Fountain & Confectionary
Koko Monk Chocolates
Temper Chocolates and Pastry
Terra Breads (3 locations)
The Last Crumb Bakery and Café
Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Café
Thomas Haas Chocolates (2 locations)