Talks and Demonstrations

An exciting selection of talks and demonstrations will be taking place across the weekend on the Ballroom stage. There will be sampling, book signings, live chocolate art, and the chance to find out lots more about our chocolatiers!

All talks and demonstrations are open to festival visitors without charge. Limited seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday

10:30am: The Story of Chocolate From Tree to Chococosquareexeterfrontage

Claire Burnet, founder of our very own Gandy Street chocolate shop ‘Chococo’ will be on stage talking about her personal journey to becoming a chocolate maker, the backstory of Chococo, and her trips to Madagascar and Grenada. There will be tastings, so get there promptly to avoid missing out!

11:30am: The Science of Chocolate

Lisa Clarke, founder of the Bristol based chocolate making workshop company ‘The Chocolate Tart’ will be talking about the science of chocolate. This one’s definitely for you if you have questions around how to temper chocolate correctly. Lisa will be giving a demo on how to create a stable ganache for filled chocolates.

12:15pm: Seed Chocolate – A Tasting Journey

James from Seed Chocolate will be giving a brief history of chocolate, followed by a tasting journey through their range of bean-to-bar chocolate bars.

1:45pm: Chocolate Art

Prudence Staite from ‘Food is Art’ will be talking to us about the world of chocolate art, and entertaining us by playing a chocolate record – a record made of chocolate that plays real music! She will also have some of her chocolate sculptures on display for you to view.

3pm: Chocolate Making Demonstration

Jim Fisher from the Exeter Cookery School will be demonstrating tips and techniques for making delicious filled chocolates, including how to temper chocolate correctly.

Sunday

11am: Chocolate Making Demonstration

Jim Fisher from the Exeter Cookery School will be demonstrating tips and techniques for making delicious filled chocolates, including how to temper chocolate correctly.

12:15pm: Making Bean-to-Bar Chocolate at Home

John from bean-to-bar chocolate maker Cacao Elora will be talking about how to become a home chocolate maker, and the rewards and challenges that go with the job.

1pm: Interview with the chocolate maker

Nicola Knight, founder of the Exeter Chocolate Festival will be interviewing bean-to-bar chocolate maker James from J.Cocoa. Come along to find out about his journey to becoming a chocolate maker, and have the opportunity to ask any burning questions you may have.

1:45pm: Sue Quinn on Sustainability in the Chocolate Industry

Sue Quinn, food writer, and author of ‘Cocoa – An Exploration of Chocolate’ will be on stage talking about issues of sustainability in the chocolate industry. After her talk, Sue will be signing copies of her book which will be available to purchase at the event.

2:30pm: Seed Chocolate – A Tasting Journey

James from Seed Chocolate will be giving a brief history of chocolate, followed by a tasting journey through their range of bean-to-bar chocolate bars.

3:15pm: The Science of Chocolate

Lisa Clarke, founder of the Bristol based chocolate making workshop company ‘The Chocolate Tart’ will be talking about the science of chocolate. This one’s definitely for you if you have questions around how to temper chocolate correctly. Lisa will be giving a demo on how to create a stable ganache for filled chocolates.