York Chocolate Festival

Unfortunately, the York Chocolate Festival was cancelled this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. More details can be found here https://www.yorkfoodfestival.com/

We’ve been eating and drinking chocolate for nearly 5000 years and we haven’t got tired of it yet. It’s universally seen as a luxury, a pick-me-up, an afternoon or mid-morning snack, a romantic gift and a life-saving energy boost. York Food Festival will be celebrating every manifestation you can imagine and some that you probably can’t.

If Willie Wonka was real he’d be hurrying down the Shambles and saying ‘yes please’ to everything chocalicious including Guppy’s Chocolates, Malavisco Marshmallows, Sticky Chocolate, Teatails and The English Chocolate Fountain Company. The Festival is a great place to go with a group, split up and forage then get back together and share the loot.

Making chocolate isn’t easy you know. It all starts with cacao seeds. Wikipedia tells us that “the seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste and must be fermented to develop the flavor. After fermentation, the beans are dried, cleaned, and roasted. The shell is removed to produce cacao nibs, which are then ground to cocoa mass, unadulterated chocolate in rough form.”  Who worked that out, I wonder? Who was wandering through the forest 5000 years ago, tasted a cacao seed and thought “Mmmm, I bet if I ferment, dry, clean, roast and shell this, it’ll be delish!”

Whoever it was did us all a favour and set the stage for this irresistible festival in April 2020. The Chocolate Festival is only the first part of a trilogy of events with a taster festival in June and the main food festival event in September.

We all know it’s a bit tricky to imagine crowded days out ahead just now, but let’s plan and plot for a corona-free chocolate landscape and look forward to chocolate bombs, chocolate scotch eggs, white chocolate marshmallows, handmade chocolate truffle and fudge cut from a wall of chocolate, Wild Bill’s brownies, chocolate ThingyMeJigs and flipping gourmet chocolate teas! Plus a whole lot more. The Chocolate Festival runs 9 – 13 April 2020 and you can get the address, parking details and all that from the York Food Festival website, so click away and give yourself something to look forward to!

Al Barker 12/3/20