Schedule

2016 Festival Schedule
#OChocoFest16

FRIDAY, MARCH 4

3:00–5:00pm    Two Chocolate Sculptures assembled in the lobby of the Ashland Hills Hotel
                              Designed by Chef Darrell Folck of the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute
                             & Chef and Chocolatier Eric Johnson of Krishon Chocolates

4:00–8:00pm   Oregon Chocolate Festival Expo, Day 1, Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites

4:30–8:00pm   Standing Stone brew master Larry Chase offers tasting of SSBC’s Milk Chocolate Beer

4:30–5:00pm   Chef demo – “Chocolate 101” with Allison Brummet, Pastry Chef for Larks Restaurant Medford

5:00–8:00pm   Chocolate-themed First Friday Art Walk, sponsored by the Ashland Gallery Association

5:30–6:30pm    WORKSHOP: “Always a Classic: Beer + Chocolate Pairing Tasting” with Ginger Johnson of Women Enjoying Beer
Join Ginger for her 5th annual flavor adventure in partnering fresh beer with delectable chocolate. Tonight we’ll feature & enjoy Standing Stone Brewing Company’s beers and Dagoba Chocolates (and maybe a 3rd bonus goodie!). Learn how to smell & taste, how to best match beer with chocolate, and meet other fun lovers in the mix! Come early to get your seat.
New This Year: The Classport. Everyone who attends Ginger’s classes over the weekend will be eligible to win a private beer & chocolate tasting for 8 given away at Sunday’s class. Get your Classport from Ginger and get it stamped at all 3 classes when you attend.

5:30–6:00pm   Chef demo – “Beers and the Chocolate Desserts that Love Them” with Sumar Waggonner of Porters Restaurant

6:30–9:00pm    Chocolate Maker’s Dinner Grand Ballroom/Ashland Springs Hotel, $75 inclusive- event SOLD OUT

8:00pm              20% off Oregon Shakespeare Festival shows (use discount code “chocolate”)

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 5

9:00–5:00pm    Oregon Chocolate Festival Expo, Day 2, Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites

9:00                     Chocolate Product Competition – product submission and judging

10:00–10:45am  Chef Demo – “Baking with Food Allergies: Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes” with Chef Sabrina of Ambrosia Natural Bakery

11:00–12:30pm   Traditional Mayan Cacao Ceremony
Off-site at private residence

11:15–12:00pm   Chef Demo – “The Ultimate Chocolate Mocha Cheesecake”with Chef Dylan Ficker of Wiley’s Trattoria

11:30–12:30pm  WORKSHOP: “World Chocolate Tour: Tasting the World’s Most Delicious Chocolate” with Candy Maker Charlie Douglass of Harry & David.
Chocolate! Much like coffee and wine, chocolate has hundreds of compounds, extremely complex and exotic flavors that call out to us. We will explore some of those flavors from chocolates chosen from Africa, South America, Hawaii and beyond!
Join Charlie Douglass, a third generation Candymaker who apprenticed with Master Candymaker Christian Steiner and has studied with renowned Chocolatier Jean-Pierre Wybauw and Chef John Krauss. Charlie currently serves as the Chocolatier and Manager of Research and Development for Harry and David, where he has worked for the past 35 years.
Limited to 50 participants.

12:00 – 2:00pm Dessert Contest & Silent Auction

2pm–3:00pm     WORKSHOP: Chocolate & Wine Pairing with Chef Eric Johnson of Krishon Chocolates, featuring Cowhorn Winery.
The presenters will discuss how to pick the wines and chose the chocolates, set the room, how to lead the discussion and analyze the pairings, as well as give tips on how to keep participants interested and engaged in the discussion. They’ll be showcasing three Cowhorn Wines and three Krishon confections:
2014 Spiral 36 with a Marcona Almond Chocolate Cup
2012 Syrah 20 with a Bittersweet Mole Truffle Topped with a Candied Cilantro Leaf
2013 Reserve Viognier and Krishon’s exquisite NaCl Karamel
The demonstration will last an hour, and include samples of the 3 wines and chocolates. A question and answer period will follow.
Limited to 50 participants.

3:00–3:30pm    Chef Demo – ““How to make a chocolate flower by hand using tempered chocolate and cacao butter paint for finishing” with Chef Darrell Folck of the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute

3:30–4:30pm    WORKSHOP: “Together Forever: Beer, Wine & Chocolate Tasting” with Ginger Johnson of Women Enjoying Beer
Wait…what??!! Beer and Wine AND chocolate – all at the same time?? YES!
Joining these remarkable flavor forces together in one tasting makes your taste buds veeeeeery happy! Come join Ginger as she leads lively & enticing class with these goodies. She’ll feature local products so come ready to get into flavor. Come early to get your seat.
New This Year: The Classport. Get your special Classport stamped at each of Ginger’s 3 classes to be eligible to win a private beer & chocolate tasting event for 8, given away at Sunday’s class.

4:00–4:30pm   Chef Demo – ” Chocolate Cheesecake Bon Bons” with Harry & David Executive Chef, Tim Keller

4:45–5:00pm   Best Chocolate Competition & Dessert Contest results announced

5:00–6:30pm   SPA PARTY: Chocolate Mojito Sugar Scrub
$30.00/person includes 1 cocktail & product to take home.
Limited to 25 participants
Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, Cosmos Ballroom

8:00pm             20% off Oregon Shakespeare Festival shows (use discount code “chocolate”)

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 6

8:30am                Charlie’s Chocolate 5K Run/Walk
Ashland Hills Hotel parking lot start & finish

9:00–1:00pm     Oregon Chocolate Festival Expo, Day 3, Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites

9:30–10:00am   Chef Demo: “Signature Chocolate Hazelnut Tart” with Chef Denika of Coquette Bakery

10:30–11:00am  Chef Demo: “A modern pairing of black olives, eucalyptus, and chocolate”with Chef Josh Dorcak of Public House, Ashland

11:30–12:30pm  WORKSHOP: “Better All The Time: Beer, Chocolate & Cheese Tasting” with Ginger Johnson of Women Enjoying Beer
Come for some mouth watering tastes of beer, chocolate & cheese at this Sunday Funday class with Ginger. You’ll get to try various goodies, separate and together, so get your friends together and join us. There may even be a bonus flavor or two for class attendees. Come early to get your seat.
New This Year: The Classport. Everyone who attends all 3 of Ginger’s classes over the weekend will be eligible to win a private beer & chocolate tasting for 8 given away at today’s class. Bring your Classport and get it stamped at all 3 classes – then come for the drawing Sunday.

12:00–12:30pm Chef Demo: “Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake” with Chef Dylan Ficker of Wiley’s Trattoria

12:45–1:00pm   People’s Choice Awards announced & the Awards Ceremony

3:00-5:00pm    Traditional Mayan Cacao Ceremony
Off-site at private residence

8:00pm               20% off Oregon Shakespeare Festival shows (use discount code “chocolate”)

 

ALL WEEKEND:
Chocolate Spa Treatments at Waterstone Spa

Chocolate Theme echoed by Local Businesses

 

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CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL TICKETS
Friday $15//Saturday $20//Sunday $15
Two-day pass $25//Three-day pass $30
Children 8 years old and under are Free

CHOCOLATE PRODUCT COMPETITION – Categories & Judges:
Best Non-Traditional Use of Chocolate
Best Traditional Use of Chocolate
Best Raw Chocolate
Best Chocolate Candy (Best Marriage of Chocolate and Candy)
Best Truffle
Best Use of Chocolate in a Baked Good
Best in Show – Judges’ Choice (automatic entry for all vendors)
Best Student Chocolate Creation

JUDGES:
Timothy Keller – Executive Corporate Chef at Harry & David
Bobbie Hasselbring – Food & Travel Writer at Real Food Traveler
Darrell Folck – Chef and Instructor from the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute

LIVE MUSIC DURING THE FESTIVAL:
Gayle Wilson and her Trio