Sander Wolf is passionate about chocolate. He loves the stuff, writes about the stuff, dreams of the stuff.
In fact, he loves the good stuff more way more than you do. How do I know that? Because Sander Wolf founded and continues to run the annual Dallas Chocolate Festival and Conference. This year, the day-long Willie WonkaFest is September 29, and tickets are on sale here.
“This year will have the most chocolatiers and chocolate makers yet — 15 so far,” Wolf told me. “With the money raised from last year’s Conference we were able to fund a one year scholarship for a pasty student at Collin College. Hopefully, we’ll be able to do that again after this year’s event.”
This year’s conference includes chocolate makers Tejas Chocolate (Houston), Rogue Chocolatier (Boston), Barry Callebaut USA. Dallas chocolatiers Chocolate Secrets, Wiseman House, Dr. Sue’s Chocolate, CocoAndré Chocolatier, Oh Brownie (hi Iris!), The Dark Chocolate Bakery, Pure Chocolate Desserts by Zach (hi Zach!), Toffee Treats, Elegantly Chocolate, Nib Chocolates, Collin College, and Sublime Chocolate will be sampling their chocolates at the event.
Wolf writes, “The Chocolate Conference & Festival 2012 has two main components, the Festival and Conference, that take place in adjoining rooms of the Addison Conference Centre. The Festival is a room of wall-to-wall chocolate where attendees will meet and sample chocolates from participating chocolatiers and chocolate makers. In the Conference area, attendees can brush up on their chocolate knowledge and enjoy classes throughout the day about the making, use, and history of fine chocolate. The event begins with the Chocolatierʼs Roundtable — an open discussion with all participating local chocolatiers. Adrienne Newman (Madame Cocoa) will be returning this year as the Conference’s engaging mistress of ceremonies. Both the Conference & Festival are included in the price of admission.
“Admission includes ten tickets (three for kids) redeemable for chocolate samples at the Festival and access to all classes at the Conference (space permitting). Classes run all day while entrance to the festival is divided into four equal and identical sessions. Tickets can be purchased for whichever session time is most convenient.
“A special VIP ticket package is available for $50 in advance including all sales taxes and ticket fees. This exclusive package includes a Chocolate Conference & Festival T-shirt as well as special packages of chocolates from both Elegantly Chocolate and Toffee Treats plus a chocolate bar from American chocolate maker Guittard Chocolate Company. A VIP ticket allows entry into ANY Festival session — including an early 9:00 – 9:45 AM session reserved for VIPs and media — and all classes at the Conference (space permitting).”
Admission is $18 in advance ($5 for kids) and $20 at the door ($6 for kids) can be purchased online at http://DallasChocolate.org or at http://dallaschocolate.eventbrite.com.