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Chocolate Festival

Parliament Street & Shambles Market

18th to 22nd April 2019

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Parliament Street & Shambles Market

8th & 9th June 2019

Main Festival

Parliament St, Fossgate & Shambles Mkt

20th to 29th Sept 2019

York Chocolate Festival returns for its annual celebration of chocolate on Easter Weekend – Thursday 19th to 22nd April

York’s chocolate-making history dates back almost 300 years starting with Quaker families Rowntrees and Terrys. At its peak, over 14,000 people were employed in the city’s famous chocolate factories (25% of the York’s population). Today the chocolate business remains an employer in the city, with the Rowntree factory – now Nestle, still manufacturing many popular chocolate bars. The city also boasts a new bean to bar manufacturer York Cocoa Works as well as many independent artisan chocolatiers.

The Chocolate Festival is located on Parliament Street at the heart of York. We welcome back some of our favourite craft chocolate makers to the demonstration area. Alongside them are bean to bar manufacturers and chocolatiers offering truffles, Easter eggs, bars and other artisan products in the market area. Additionally other stands offering all kinds of chocolate treats from churros, to chocolate liqueurs, to chocolate pies. We will also have chocolate themed events hosted by York businesses such as York Cocoa Works and Yorks Chocolate Story.

– Free Entry to the festival (with some ticketed activities)
– Open from 10am to 5pm each day

The festival programme will be available from the beginning of April

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