Ethical, Educational and Delicious

At the Exeter Chocolate Festival our mission is to share our passion for, and educate others about the fine quality, bean-to-bar, ethically produced chocolate being made right here in the UK.
 
Over our two day celebration of chocolate, you will be able to discover some of the UK’s most passionate and talented chocolate makers who are dedicated to working directly with cocoa farmers to ensure the best quality product.
 
This direct trade provides traceability, and means the farmer is paid a fair price for their beans, therefore supporting small farms to grow.
 
Dark chocolate is naturally vegan and gluten-free, but you will also be able to find a range of milk chocolates to suit all dietary needs.
 
We have something for everyone – exquisitely indulgent brownies, handmade truffles from local chocolatiers, you can even treat yourself to a chocolate cocktail. Rest assured you will only find it at the Exeter Chocolate Festival if it meets our strict criteria of being made from bean-to-bar, is ethically produced, fine-quality or is locally made.
 
Alongside the chocolate sellers, we will be bringing you a full programme of talks, demonstrations and workshops. Plenty for connoisseurs and families alike.

Date Announcement!

We are excited to announce that the Exeter Chocolate Festival will be back on November 2nd and 3rd 2019!

We will be taking over the beautiful Exeter Castle for the weekend, and filling it with amazing craft chocolate, local chocolatiers, cakes, cocktails, demonstrations, tastings and much more.

Follow us on facebook for regular updates.

It’s a wrap!

Thank you to all who came, tasted, shopped, chatted to our chocolate makers, enjoyed the fabulous music from our local musicians, took part in a tasting session or watched a demo.

With more than 3,500 visitors through the door in just one day, our first ever Exeter Chocolate Festival was a huge success!

Now we are busy planning for 2019’s event which will be even bigger and better. You can follow us on Instagram, or like our facebook page for updates.

A Musical Feast

Come along to the auditorium at any time throughout the day and you will be able to browse the chocolate stalls, meet the chocolate makers, decorate a chocolate lollipop, grab an ice-cream or piece of cake, all while listening to the wonderful sounds of our talented young local musicians!

Pop along at the following times if you want to catch a particular musician…

  • 11:30 – Charlotte AP
  • 12:15 – Ophelia Pearce
  • 13:00 – Anna Hamill
  • 13:45 – Chris Ostler
  • 14:30 – Mattie James
  • 15:00 – Sunnyside Up Ukulele Workshop
  • 16:15 – Molly Davies
  • 17:00 – Henry Buckland

About the organiser

MRP_8109As we near 1000 followers on our instagram feed, it feels important to give a big, heartfelt thanks to each and every person who is supporting our journey. It blows my mind how much love there is for our event which hasn’t even happened yet! So I thought this would be a good opportunity to introduce myself…

I am Nicola, a bona fide chocolate addict. This festival was born out of my desire to share my passion for bean-to-bar, ethically produced chocolate and to educate others about the fine quality chocolate that is being made here in the UK by dedicated and talented makers.

Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to be able to travel and teach in the Caribbean. This is where I first discovered the world of incredible ‘real’ chocolate! I have since then been on a mission to taste and learn about chocolate from around the world.

I became certified with the International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting, which enabled me to hone my skills in how to taste and profile chocolate. And now I am able to offer chocolate tasting sessions, and workshops to schools and corporate groups.

There are several other excellent chocolate festivals across the country, with a similar ethos to ours, and I am excited to be able to bring our event to the South West. Please don’t get us confused with one of those new confectionery festivals that are popping up, whilst we aim to offer something for everyone, we are most definitely a candy floss free zone!

I am always happy to talk chocolate! To get in touch,you can drop me an email to hello@exeterchocolatefestival.co.uk