When it launched in 2011, the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival was the first city-wide initiative of its kind in the world. This January, renamed and returning for its 12th year, the Festival is bigger and better than ever, with Vancouver’s best chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes, gelato and ice cream makers coming together to make the humble hot chocolate hotter than it has ever been before. In the damp and gloomy days of our Westcoast winter, you’ll find our motto to be true: “Hot Chocolate Makes You Happy!”
Vancouver Farmers Markets’ Fresh to Families Program helps feed Vancouver families living with lower income and supports the livelihoods of small scale farmers. Families can shop for fresh, healthy food that is appropriate for their families' diets and cultures directly from local farmers at the farmers markets. Farmers receive the full value for each coupon, which can help boost farm income. The Fresh to Families program is always double the impact, and is currently supporting over 80 small scale farmers and feeding over 320 families in need.
Too many kids don’t know where food comes from or have access to healthy, whole food. Growing Chefs is on a mission to change that! This charity pairs teams of chef and community volunteers with elementary schools to grow vegetable gardens, conduct cooking lessons, and get kids excited about healthy food and food systems. In their classrooms, the children receive lessons on how to plant and care for a garden; nutrition and healthy eating; cooking; urban agriculture; plant growth; food security; and the impact of healthy food systems on our communities and the environment – skills and knowledge that they can take home and share with their families.
Despite the pandemic's impact on Growing Chefs' ability to visit classrooms in person, this charity has actually expanded their reach across B.C. through new virtual offerings.
Vancouver Farmers Markets (VFM) is a small non-profit organization that creates vibrant and welcoming markets that build community, feeds people, and supports small farms and producers. VFM operates all year round, with seven weekly summer markets and two weekly winter markets in neighbourhoods across the city.
Riley Park (Nat Bailey Stadium): Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
New this year: One of our new vendors, Emkao Foods, will be featuring their hot chocolate creations at their booth in both markets on select dates during the Festival. See Emkao's page in the List of Flavours for details.
Heard weekly on BC Food & Wine Radio, Anthony Gismondi and Kasey Wilson set the table for the weekend, pointing you to great wine buys, the best in restaurant dining and all things connected to food and wine.
Be sure to tune your radio dial to TS 1410!
Daily Hive is a Canadian-born online news source, established in 2008, that creates compelling, hyperlocal content. Daily Hive embraces the unique qualities that exist in a city, and reports it to produce genuine conversation among communities. With unique thematic channels, such as Dished, Mapped, and Urbanized, Daily Hive delivers top-tier information to its local audience and advertisers in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, Edmonton, Seattle, and Portland.
Find them online at: DailyHive.com/Vancouver
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Global BC has been British Columbia’s leading television station for over 60 years. With its flagship broadcast Global News Hour at 6 with Chris Gailus and Sophie Lui and the only provincial 24 hour news channel, Global News: BC1; Global BC is the place more British Columbians turn to for local news than any other news stations.
Global BC provides viewers with award-winning journalism, digging deeper to find the truths behind major issues that matter most to residents, and unique stories that they won’t find anywhere else.
"For more than 75 years, 980 CKNW has been dedicated to reporting news, sharing compelling stories, asking tough questions, holding others accountable and delivering insightful, critical commentary. 980 CKNW is BC’s most trusted source of news and conversation."
As one of our valued media sponsors, 980 CKNW will be giving away $500 worth of coupons (Hotcho Bucks) redeemable at any of our Hot Chocolate Festival vendor locations. Tune in to the Jill Bennet Show between noon and 3 p.m., January 10th to 14th, 2022.