When it launched in 2011, the Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival was the first city-wide initiative of its kind in the world. This January, we return for our 13th season to feature our region's best chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes, gelato and ice cream makers -- all 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!”
For Inquiries or requests: Please message our Instagram account at @hotchocolatefest
As a non-profit organization with deep roots in the community, we at Vancouver Farmers Markets believe that healthy, locally grown food should be available to everyone, regardless of income. Our Fresh to Families Fund has provided fresh food direct from our BC farmers and producers to families living with low-income, newly arrived refugees, and at-risk pregnant people living in our communities. Fresh to Families provides funding and support to the BC Association of Farmers Markets Nutritional Assistance Program, a province-wide healthy eating initiative, serving 18 000 families, seniors, and pregnant people throughout 85 communities across the province.
Fresh to Families always has double the impact: feeding families in need while also supporting small BC farmers and producers. We're so grateful for your support.
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.
This year our vendors will be launching a new project to help make the festival more accessible to disadvantaged children. We will be distributing coupons picturing our festival mascot, Hotcho, via accredited charitable organizations such as shelters for battered women, church groups and other organizations that specialize in assisting low-income families. The tickets can be redeemed for free hot chocolate drinks only by children accompanied by an adult guardian, and will be issued solely to charitable institutions, not to individuals. If you would like to recommend a distributor please DM us at our Instagram account of @hotchocolatefest
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, Aperitivo Truck, will be featuring their hot chocolate creations from their truck in both markets on select dates during the Festival. See Aperitivo's page in the List of Flavours for details.
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Looking for a fun and convenient way to get to the Hot Chocolate Festival? Try bike share with @mobibikes and visit your favourite cafes and restaurants all across the city! Register via the Mobi by Shaw Go App or on their website at mobibikes.ca.
Mobi by Shaw Go, Vancouver’s public bike share program, is perfect for commuting, running errands, visiting friends, or exploring the city. Serving 29 square kilometers of the city with 2000+ bicycles at more than 200 stations, Mobi by Shaw Go has become an essential part of the City of Vancouver's transportation network.