The 4th Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival was Mar 7-9 in charming Ashland, OR. A fantastic event, it featured chocolatiers from all over the state in a wonderful historic setting, the Ashland Springs Hotel. This adorable town is best known for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is located about an hour flight from Portland, at the very south end of the state in the Rogue River Valley. PICS COMING SOON.
Here is a list of chocolate vendors featured - there were also wineries, coffee roasters, and some other food vendors. Also a mini orchestra and outdoor wine/beer garden- really an elegant affair! We got lucky with clear blue skies, spectacular weather. As a native Oregonian I was VERY proud of how our state came together for this, plan to return every year if I can (all the way from Florida now) Highly recommended to everyone!
LILLIBELLE FARMS- choc covered Oregon berries/ decadent modern ganache/ truffles
BRANSONS CHOC- to die for Amaretto Truffles
EUPHORIA CHOC- going on 20+ years- woo hoo!
BROWNIE SHOTZ- bite size choc covered brownies
CARY'S- wonderful soft crunch toffee now avail in Whole Foods Markets nationwide
DAGOBA ORGANIC- born and raised right here in Ashland- unique flavor bars
THE CHOCOLATE BEAGLE- truffles and custom cakes
KEKAU CHOC- gorgeous chocs with very modern twist of flavors
LULUS RAW CHOC ALCHEMY- gourmet raw chocolate delights, nothing artificial
CHERRY COUNTRY- choc covered dried organic Royal Ann cherries and nuts
MAJESTIC CHOC- full spectrum of hand made chocs
SILLY RABBIT CHOCOLATE CO.-cute bunnys hopping all over with trays of chocs!
TWO BROTHERS FOOD CO. - decadent choc sauce (wouldnt know by the name)
WILLHITE CHOC- hand made ganche filled truffles
SOS PEAR STATION- famous Oregon pears covered in choc sauce
PUDDIN RIVER CHOC- full spectrum of hand made choc treats
PETE'S GOURMET CONFECTIONS- choc dipped homemade marshmallows
PENNINGTON FARMS- choc chip cookies, brownies, jams
On top of all the FREE choc samples, everyone had choc for sale at special festival discounts, and you are given a nice bag at the check in to collect all your treasures. The Fest tix are good for 2 days ($20 at door) If you decide to go, there are plenty of hotels and most offer a Choc Fest package with event tix and also half price to theatre at the famous Shakespeare Festival.
There were also a full slate of chocolate seminars, a Gallery Choc Art Walk, lectures, kids activities, prize drawings,specialty gourmet dinner packages with local chefs, and plenty of local artisan chocolatiers to talk with one on one- everyone is very approachable, no pretentious ppl here....just GREAT chocolatiers celebrating what we all love!
For the official festival website go to www.ashlandspringshotel.com