I recently learned (via Twitter) that Choffy will be featured at the fest on Friday and Saturday, giving out Choffy samples. What is Choffy, you ask? It’s brewed chocolate. Basically cacao beans ground up like coffee, and brewed like coffee. I’ve tried some, and it’s nice! (I first heard about Choffy last summer when Geoff Kleinman blogged about his Choffy experience, and interviewed the co-founder, Jason Sherwood, at On Portland.)
Samples galore in the Chocolate Bazaar, seminars, and plenty of vendors hawking chocolate and chocolate related wares, make up the festival. Also visitors will get to preview The Chocolate Story exhibit, which officially opens at the Discover Museum on the premises on January 30th.
From its beginning as a potent and magical drink used by the Aztecs to its current worldwide popularity, The Chocolate Story takes visitors on an educational and fun journey with artistic text panels, videos, displays, and even the scent of chocolate wafting through the air.
The 5th Annual Chocolate Fest takes place the weekend of Friday, January 29th through Sunday, January 31 (open 6pm-9pm on Friday, and 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday). Admission is $8, $7 for seniors (62+), $5 for children. Parking will set you back $2, so that’s why you’ll take the MAX (which will set you back $2-$2.30).