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The 11th Annual Dallas Chocolate Festival will be dropping a big box of chocolates on your doorstep September 12 – 13


The Dallas Chocolate Festival isn’t about to let physical distancing and quarantines get in the way of your chocolate – or its annual party. This year, the Dallas Chocolate Festival will be coming to you. In a box.

The 11th annual Dallas Chocolate Festival will still go forward September 12 & 13, but you won’t have to go anywhere to park. Instead, the festival’s organizers say the classes will be offered online and a box of chocolate samples from exhibitors, samples for tasting classes, and coupons for artisan businesses will be hand-delivered to you in advance by a uniformed Alto employee – right to your door. But the virtual space is limited, so you’ll need to buy tickets in advance right now.

You’ll still be able to visit exhibitor booths, take a class, and talk with the chocolatiers and chocolate makers, but it’ll be all very Zoom-like. This year’s exhibitors are a top-tier group and include:

Wiseman House Chocolates (Hico, TX), Yelibelly ChocolatesFera’wyn’s (Holly Springs, NC), Dude, Sweet ChocolateKate Weiser ChocolateZak’s Chocolate(Scottsdale, AZ), Madhu Chocolate (Austin, TX), Casa Chocolates (San Antonio, TX),Mission Chocolate (Brazil), Central MarketMy French RecipeEffie’s Homemade,Wackym’s KitchenDGZ Chocolates (Houston, TX), Topo Chico Agua MineralEZ Temper / The Chocolate Doctor, and Tomric Systems, Inc.

Organizers say this year’s festival “will emphasize all the parts of the world that contribute to chocolate. It will also explore all the different parts of chocolate — from growers to bean-to-bar makers to chocolatiers and beyond” with a goal “to educate the public about artisan chocolate… one bar at a time.”

The Dallas Chocolate Festival is one of the premier chocolate events in the U.S. Honestly, chocolate makers and chocolatiers from around the country fly in just for this event. If you love chocolate (or just want to learn about how its made and why it can cost so little or so much), you should sign up for a class or two.

Festival Boxes are just $60, including delivery to your door by the uniformed Alto drivers (limited to the DFW area). Want to invite your BFF in Los Angeles? She can attend, too: The chocolate boxes can also be shipped outside the area for an additional postage fee.

Don’t want a box of goodies showing up on your doorstep? That’s ok. You can access the virtual events (excluding chocolate box) for just $5.

A portion of funds raised will provide full scholarships to pastry students enrolled in North Texas college-level culinary programs. DallasChocolate.org says they’ve provided over $20,000 in scholarships for local culinary programs to date.

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