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Experience craft chocolate at the Craft Chocolate Experience


This multi-day event returned to SFBA after a long hiatus

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Sponsored by Dandelion Chocolate, the 2024 Craft Chocolate Experience at the Palace of Fine Arts in SF began with an industry only trade expo the first day followed by a pairing & tasting event that evening, then 2 days of a craft chocolate marketplace. Story to come.

In addition to the marketplace Saturday and Sunday with chocolate from makers from around the world there were panel discussions, demos, and tasting opportunities.

Panels included some local chocolate makers and chocolatiers: Brad Kinzter from TCHO and Todd Masonis, co-founder of Dandelion Chocolate, local chocolate icon Michael Recchiuti, and Greg D’Alesandre from Dandelion Chocolate.

Cacao Pod Wall
Attendees were invited to take selfies in front of the Cacao Pod Wall

SFBA vendors at the CCE:

Chocolate at the source

A number of vendors were chocolate makers who grow their own cacao and manufacture chocolate in the same place, or source cacao in the same country they make their bean to bar chocolate.

CBTB-mentioned nonlocal chocolate

Finally there were a few non-SFBA makers at the show we have covered here previously:

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Published April 18, 2024

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