Enjoy the sweet life of chocolate during your visit to the Southeastern United States. Whether you are a true chocophile or just have a casual appreciation for the delights of wonderful chocolates, this sampling of all things chocolate is sure to whet your appetite.
For the ultimate celebration of chocolate, there are a few delicious chocolate festivals and events taking place. If you are not planning to be near any of the festivals, you can browse a list of chocolate recipes for homemade chocolate creations.
Chocolate Festivals and Special Events
- The Festival of Chocolate
January 18 - 20, 2014 in Tampa, Florida
Dates to be announced in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Dates to be announced in Orlando, Florida
Billed as the largest all chocolate event in the Southeast U.S., this festival features tastes and treats from many of the region's best chocolatiers and confection companies, plus pastry chef demonstrations, competitions and contests, chocolate and wine pairings, chocolate classes and more.
- International Chocolate Festival
January 24 - 26, 2014 in Coral Gables, Florida
Held at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, this annual event for chocolate lovers features tastings, cacao tree sales, a family friendly ChocoKids area, cooking demonstrations, contests, lectures and more.
- Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival
January 31 - February 2, 2014 in Wilmington, North Carolina
This festival features delights from regional wineries, chocolatiers and artisans. The event kicks off on Friday nigh with a Grand Tasting gala of chocolate and wine tasting and samples, hors d'oeuvres and entertainment. The festival showcase takes place on Saturday and Sunday, featuring products for sampling and for sale, roaming musicians, demonstrations and more in a marketplace setting.
- Chocolate Lovers Festival
February 1 - 2, 2014 in Fairfax, Virginia
Downtown historic Fairfax, Virginia celebrates the yumminess of chocolate at this annual event for chocolate lovers.
- Carolina Chocolate Festival
February 1 - 2, 2014 in Morehead City, North Carolina
Just in time for Valentine's Day, this annual celebration of chocolate features a weekend of chocolate delights, featuring chocolate vendors, cooking demonstrations, special dinners, spa treatments, a wine tasting and more.
- Pinehurst Chocolate Festival
February 8, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina
Find themed gift items and baskets, plus soaps, candles, jewelry, accessories and other treats, as well as candy making and cake decorating demonstrations, a cupcake competition and more.
- Miami Fine Beverage, Chocolate & Food Show
February 8 - 9, 2014 in Pinecrest, Miami-Dade, Florida
Featuring fine artisanal beverages and chocolate creations from around the world, this fine chocolate and culinary event includes live cooking demonstrations, seminars, chocolate pairings and more.
- Chocolate Lovers' Festival
February 9, 2013 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Enjoy chocolate tasting, dipping fountains, a selection of chocolate gifts for purchase and more.
- The Mobile Chocolate Festival
March 15, 2014 in Mobile, Alabama
This festival features chocolate artisans and vendors offering tasting samples and items for purchase, plus a chocolate challenge, Project Yum Way (chocolate inspired fashions), a children's area and more.
- Lewisburg Chocolate Festival
April 12, 2014 in Lewisburg, West Virginia
Enjoy a sweet day of chocolate-themed events including a chocolate sampling extravaganza, chocolate mousse eating contest, bake offs, musical performances and other events for all ages.
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