Choc and awe! What’s on where at York Chocolate Festival 2015

Spelling out the chocolate city. L-R: Ellie Lomas, Nicki Jacobs, Sophie Jewett and Louise Winters
2 Apr 2015 @ 12.38 pm
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Parliament Street and at various other venues

Fri Apr 3-Mon Apr 5, 10am-9pm

York Choc Fest website

Blimey, we’re a lucky lot. We live in a city which has it’s own festival of chocolate! It’s as if we were all given a golden ticket in the lottery of life.

Artisan chocolatiers from across the city have been stirring, smoothing, filling and tempering to create mouthwatering treats for the York Chocolate Festival 2015.

And we have Sophie Jewett of York Cocoa House to thank for organising this *bows down before Sophie*.

The York Chocolate Festival isn’t simply about eating lots of cocoa goods, but will hopefully inspire another generation of chocolate makers, whether that means cooking with chocolate in the home, or setting up a chocolate-based business here.

And, of course, there is plenty of delicious chocolate to be consumed, too!

– Sophie Jewett

For every event in the festival, go to the special page of our What’s On guide. Meanwhile, here’s a quick guide to what’s happening where…

Where to go for chocolate fun

A feast for all the senses… the choc fest on Parliament Street
A feast for all the senses… the choc fest on Parliament Street

Parliament Street

The Chocolate Fair
Here you’ll find the sticky heart of the festival, with demos galore and chances to take part in chocolate making workshops

Chocolate tasting tent
A place to meet chocolate experts who create gorgeous cakes, desserts, truffles, bars and ice creams – and taste their creations. OMG. Tastings take place at 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm and tickets are £3

The Chocolate Market – Shambles/Parliament Street
Plenty of the sweet stuff in all its fantastic forms on sale

The Chocolate Bar
Open daily from 10am to 9pm the bar is run by the Fossgate Social team and friends. There’s locally brewed coffee, beer, wine, cocktails served with chocolate cakes and some exciting savoury combinations courtesy of the guys at Shambles Kitchen. Plus live music

Museum Garden gates

Fri Apr 3 & Sun Apr 5 @ 10.30am


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The meeting place for the York Walk Choccy And Sweetie tour. A guided walk around York’s confectionery history which will be fascinating and burn off some of the calories you put on via some free samples.

Goddards – Tadcaster Road

Daily till Mon Apr 6 @ 11am-5pm


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Ever wanted to know about the people behind Terry’s Chocolate Orange? And did you know they also made a Chocolate Apple and Chocolate Lemon? Find out more at the Terry family home

Jorvik Viking Centre

Sat Apr 4 @ 10am


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This is the location for the start of the city-wide Lord Mayor’s chocolate treasure hunt. Solve puzzles and gather the treats

Beningbrough Hall

Fri Apr 3-Mon Apr 6 @ 11am-4pm


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York’s country house is joining in the fun. Discover the original portraits from the Kit Kat club, the coffee house whose members shaped the thinking of the nation. And hit the Easter egg trail.

Other places taking part

The dark side of chocolate at the Dungeon
The dark side of chocolate at the Dungeon

Lots of other places have chocolate themed events going on for the full duration of the Easter hols. They include: