The Big Chocolate Show returns to New York City for its third year. The event takes place Friday September 28 through Sunday 30 at The Wyndham New Yorker Hotel. More than 200 chocolatiers, artisans, chefs, authors, purveyors, and experts from around the world will be offering chocolate tastings, live demonstrations, book signings, and ticketed master tasting classes to attendees all weekend long at this family-friendly event that includes an Adults Only 21+ area.
Here are some of the offerings that guests can choose from at this year’s Big Chocolate Show:
Legends of Chocolate Awards Friday, September 28 7 - 10pm
This special industry event kicks off The Big Chocolate Show and Chocolate Week NYC on Friday, September 28th from 7-10 pm to induct the second Legends of Chocolate class, honoring those whose work impacts our contemporary world of chocolate. The 2018 Legends joining 2017 inductees Ed Sanguine, John Scharffenberger, Juan Carlos Motamayor and Sophie and Michael Coe will be announced on September 5th.
Decadent Evening of Chocolate & Cocktails Saturday, September 29 8pm - 10pm
During this two-hour walk-around tasting, hosted by The Cocktail Guru, guests are invited to visit stations stocked with an array of chocolate-friendly liquor brands that are paired with a selection of bespoke desserts and dishes made by NYC's premier chocolatiers and chefs. At the bar, chocolate purists and cocktail lovers can taste through signature lines of chocolates while watching some of NYC's finest mixologists shake, stir, and serve custom libations designed to bring out the best in each variety. This event includes unlimited chocolate, pastry, spirit, and cocktail samples.
Learning Experiences, Saturday September 29 and Sunday September 30
Whether a cacao novice or a well-seasoned chocolatier, guests can customize their Big Chocolate Show experience by participating in one of the unique hour-long chocolate pairing sessions, demonstrations or tasting seminars, ranging in size from 15-100 on both Saturday and Sunday. After classes and demonstrations, guests will have an opportunity to mingle and connect with talent including Mona Changaris, Gail Gland, Kathryn Gordon, Zachary Golper, Rhonda Kave, Kristy Leissle, Francois Kwaku-Dongo, Miro Uskokovic, Nick Malgieri and Maricel Presilla, and more.
Classes and tastings include:
Adults Only 21+ Area
New this year! Explore the cocktail side of cacao. Enjoy unlimited wines, beer, spirits samples, and music during daytime activities all day long in the interactive Adults Only 21+ Zone.
Acclaimed Advisory Council & Presenters
The Big Chocolate Show is guided by a Steering Committee of esteemed chocolate professionals, chefs, and chocolate innovators, and authors including Bernard Pacyniak, Michael Laiskonis, Caroline Lubbers, and Kristy Leissle, charged with providing guests the most unique class concepts and curated experiences.
“Whether it’s enjoying the health benefits of dark chocolate’s antioxidants, learning to pair whiskey and chocolate, having a front row seat to a private pastry arts class, witnessing a chocolate confection being made on a 3D printer, or satisfying your inner chocoholic, we’re thrilled to offer our guests new chocolate experiences that wow their minds and palettes this year.” said show producer and the President of Big Event Company and Wizard Studios, Matthew Saravay, “The Big Chocolate Show continues to grow, not only in size, but in the countless ways the cacao bean transforms itself into a thing of beauty and taste.”
Through ticket packages, chocolate lovers can customize their Big Chocolate Show experience by stopping by the show for a few hours, a full day or the whole weekend.