Festival Programme

18th to 22nd April 2019

All day activities

Chocolate Lollipop Making

18 - 20 Apr 2019 York Cocoa Works, 10 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN 10:00 until 16:00

A quick and fun activity for everyone. You will work with expertly tempered milk chocolate with 35% cocoa solids to create your lollipop. Then choose from a selection of toppings to create your own chocolate lollipop exactly how you want it to be.

How will you make yours? A smiley face? A Pretty Pattern? All very neat? All a bit of a mess? Or a creative jumble? However it looks it will taste gorgeous!

You will need to allow 30 minutes after finishing to let your creation set before wrapping it up to take home.

to British Heart Foundation Charity Donation

Chocolate Sculpture Exhibition

18 - 21 Apr 2019 York Mansion House, St Helen's Square, York, YO1 9QL 10:30 until 16:30

York Mansion House has unveiled this delicious chocolate model of York, taking over 50 hours to make and weighing around 27kg! The 3ft high chocolate sculpture incorporates York Mansion House, York Minster and Micklegate Bar.

The sculpture was made by Ashley McCarthy from Ye Old Sun Inn and will also make an appearance on Channel 4’s Extreme Chocolatiers in April.

Child £3.50£6.50Admission price to the house

The Easter Bunny’s Easter Egg Hunt

18 - 22 Apr 2019 York's Chocolate Story , Kings Square, York, YO1 7LD 11:30 until 12:30

The Easter Bunny and his buddy are visiting York for an incredible Easter egg hunt experience. Children will join the bunny in amazing games, collect chocolate and meet colourful characters as they work to find the missing chocolate eggs. (Available at 11.30am and 2pm)


Led by costumed characters and starting outside the attraction in King’s Square, before moving to the beautiful surroundings of the Merchant Adventurers Hall, this is the perfect way for families to get into the Easter Spirit.

Be aware! The Easter Bunny loves fresh air and that this event will be entirely outside! Also: It is Yorkshire – so come weather prepared!

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£9.95Adult £5.95 (and with at least one full paying child)
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18 Apr 2019

Demonstrations and Tastings

Demonstration Area, Parliament Street 12:00 until 16:30

Demonstrations and tastings will be available from 12pm each day of the festival, where chocolatiers and chefs will share their knowledge on all things chocolate.

12pm – York’s Chocolate Story: Join their expert chocolatiers to uncover the secret of chocolate making and see how chocolate is made by hand.
1pm – Joel Arnold will be matching chocolate with fish!
2pm – York Cocoa Works: The Story of Chocolate Making: Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Bar
3pm – Melton’s: The chef proprietor will be preparing a venison dish with chocolate sauce
4pm – Sharmini Thomas: Indian chocolate fusion cookery


Guided Chocolate Manufactory Tour

18 - 22 Apr 2019 York Cocoa Works, 10 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN 12:30 until 13:30

Learn how YCW make their chocolate with guided explanation whilst watching our chocolate makers at work through the glass partition. You will be able to sample the raw ingredients as you journey through the Manufactory line, ending with a tutored tasting of some of our single origin chocolates. (Available 12.30pm and 3.30pm)

Child £5.50£9.50
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Chocolate Easter Egg Masterclass and Tour

18 - 22 Apr 2019 York's Chocolate Story , King's Square, York, YO1 7LD 17:00 until 18:30

Get hands on with a luxury Easter Egg decorating masterclass, exclusively run by one of York’s Chocolate Story professional chocolatiers. Craft stunning products while sampling some of the finest chocolate in the world.

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