Chocolate festival offers weekend of indulgence
The 16th annual Oregon Chocolate Festival is scheduled for the weekend of March 6-8 at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites.
The festival features West Coast chocolatiers and other artisan food producers, such as wine, beer and spirits makers, chefs and coffee roasters, according to a press release.
The festival will include workshops, presentations, chef demos, panel discussions, a chocolate dessert competition and a 5K run.
Friday night kicks off the event with a formal chocolate maker’s wine dinner at the Ashland Springs Hotel featuring a four-course menu crafted by Larks executive chef Franco Console paired with local wines. The dinner costs $80.
A less-formal event will be the Friday Night Disco Inferno Social with music, dancing, appetizers and beer at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites.
The event will include more than 50 vendors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Grand Ballroom at the Ashland Hills Hotel.
Adult passes cost $20, and two-day passes cost $30. Children ages 8 and younger get in free.
A chocolate brunch will be offered from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ashland Hills for $30 a person. The 5K run also is scheduled for Sunday morning.
For tickets and more information, see oregonchocolatefestival.com.