The Big Chocolate Show is Back in NYC This September

The Big Chocolate Show is Back in NYC This September

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The Big Chocolate Show returns to New York City for its third year, 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 (Don’t worry it’s not what you think. It’s just cocoa cocktails).

Here are some of the activities you can expect at this year’s Big Chocolate Show:

Legends of Chocolate Awards Friday, September 28  7-10 pm

This special industry event kicks off The Big Chocolate Show and Chocolate Week NYC on Friday, September 28from 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 5.

Decadent Evening of Chocolate & Cocktails Saturday, September 29  8-10 pm

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: Chocolate & Coffee Tasting: Understanding the Roast; From Zero to 100: Tasting Cacao Percentages; Fine Flavors: How to Perfect Your Wine & Chocolate Pairing Skills; Futuristic Food: 3-D Chocolate Printing Experience; Chocolate Lollipop Making; Sips & Sweets: A Craft Cocktail & Chocolate Pairing Primer; Hand-Dipped Truffle Making; Learn to Temper Chocolate Like a Pro; Single Origins: A Tasting of Specialty Spices and Chocolate; Holy Molé! Learn to Make Tamales; Indoor S'mores Workshop; Cooking with Cacao: Savory Recipes Using Sweet Chocolate; Aloha Chocolate: A Hawaiian Chocolate Tasting; and The Straight Pour: How to Perfectly Pair Whiskey & Chocolate

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.

Through the below ticket packages, you chocolate lovers can customize your Big Chocolate Show experience by stopping by the show for a few hours, a full day or the whole weekend.


  • Legends of Chocolate Awards: A limited number of VIP tickets to this exclusive industry event are available for the general public. Adults only, $75.

  • All Access Weekend Pass: Designed for the serious chocolate enthusiast, who want to eat drink and enjoy chocolate for the weekend, this pass includes: Legends of Chocolate Awards Ceremony, all four (4) Big Chocolate Show sessions, Decadent Evening of Chocolate & Cocktails, Adults Only 21+ Zone and four (4) Tasting Classes. Tickets: $276.

  • Day Pass Make a day of it! The day pass is for the chocolate lover who wants a taste of everything and includes: morning and afternoon sessions and two tasting or pairing classes and special access to the Adults Only 21+ Zone on either Saturday or Sunday. Adults, $88

  • Individual Session Tickets: This ticket is for the chocolate lover who wants to take in a world of chocolate in a few hours. Session tickets are available for either morning or afternoon sessions on either Saturday or Sunday. $25 per adult, $15 per child under 12.

  • Family Pass:This pass for the chocolate loving family who wants to experience a world of chocolate for during a morning or afternoon session on Saturday or Sunday. $70.


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