Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest

Chocolate, Coffee and Tea

Chocolate Baked Goodies
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The annual Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest will take place March 19 - 20, 2016, at the Expo New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Focused on coffee, coffee and tea, the festival features cooking demonstrations, sampling, seminars, contests, live performances and chocolate eating contests. For 2016, there will also be a Cupcake Vineyards' Wine & Coffee Lounge, where wine can be purchased.

Some of Albuquerque's finest chocolatiers will be on hand, such as Chocolate Cartel, Theobroma Chocolatier and Xocai.

Coffee roasters include Fat Boy Coffee Roasters, Java Junction, and Villa Myriam Coffee. Specialty shops will be on hand to lend their expertise.

The New Mexico Expo is located at 300 San Pedro NE. Parking is $5 per car.

Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest 2016 Schedule

  • Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Alcohol sales begin 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 p.m. on Sunday, and end at 5 p.m. each day.

Tickets
Adult general admission, $10
Seniors (65+)/Students/Military, $8
Children 12 and under are free
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

All full price adult tickets purchased online receive a free souvenir mug while supplies last. Mugs will be provided at the festival.

What to Expect
There will be lots of coffee, chocolate and tea vendors exhibiting their products. Nearly all vendor provide samples. Sampling is encouraged, as are purchases of favored items.

Pick up a bag upon entry so goodies don't get lost.

Easter Egg Hunts
Kids can enjoy Easter egg hunts throughout the weekend, free for attending kids. Be sure to bring your own basket.

Cupcake Wine & Coffee Lounge
Enjoy a place to savor wine, coffee and more. If you're a Mazda owner, you get a free cup of coffee.

Contests
There will be Guittard best chocolate desert baking contests open to all ages, with cash prizes. The contests are March 19 and 20 at 4 p.m. and have categories for first and second prize as well as best young baker. 

A chocolate ice cream eating contest takes place Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Be the first to finish a chocolate devotion from Cold Stone Creamery. There will be a kid's and adult contest. There are only 10 contestants for each contest, so register ahead online.

There will also be a Kids Zone stage, where there will be entertainment, singing, dancing and games for the kids.

The 2016 list of vendors Includes (but is not limited to):

  • AlbuKirky Seasonings
  • Animas Chocolate Co.
  • Aroma Coffee
  • Bev's Biscochitos
  • Bosque Coffee Roasters
  • Burque Bakehouse
  • Cacao
  • Cafe Britt
  • Cake Fetish
  • Caribbean Temptation
  • Caveman Coffee
  • Celina's Biscochitos
  • Chocolate Cartel
  • ChocGlitz
  • Chocolate Dude
  • Corvus Coffee
  • Cutco Cutlery
  • Dead Dog Chocolate
  • Death Wish Coffee Co.
  • Deviant Devil Coffee
  • Dolcetta Sweets
  • Elixir Boutique Chocolates
  • Fans of Film Cinema Cafe and Roaster
  • Gluten Free Foods
  • Guittard Chocoates
  • Hardback Coffee
  • Heidi's Raspberry Jam
  • Iconik Coffee Roasters
  • Janecka Skin Care
  • Java Junction
  • Joliesse Chocolates
  • JP's Custard Cart
  • Kuma Coffee
  • Laughing Turtle Soaps
  • Lusty Monk Mustards
  • Matt's Gluten Free Bakery
  • Mike's Jerky
  • Maui Wow Coffee
  • New Mexico Pie Co.
  • Nectar of the Vine 
  • New Mexico Pinon Coffee
  • Next Level Coffee
  • Ohori's Coffee
  • Old Pecos Foods
  • Old Windmill Dairy 
  • Orange Magnolia Soapworks
  • Pampered Chef
  • Pasta More
  • Picacho Coffee
  • Pig Donut Co.
  • Prairie Thyme
  • Prosum Roasters
  • Rebel Donut
  • Red Rock Roasters
  • Sassy Apron
  • Satellite Coffee
  • Savor Brands
  • Smallcakes
  • Steeped Tea
  • Styria Bakery
  • Sugar Treats
  • Sweet & Saucy
  • Sweetwater Herbs
  • Southwest Dairy Farmers
  • Teri's Sweet Garden
  • The Candy Lady
  • Theobroma Chocolatier
  • Velata
  • Villa Myriam Coffees
  • What Fudge
  • Xocolatl Confections
  • Santa Fe Brewing Co.

See images from the Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest.

Visit the Fest online to register for workshops and contests, and to learn more.

Find out about more chocolate in Albuquerque.