Join us on March 6-8 for the 16th annual
Oregon Chocolate Festival in 2020!

Workshops & Talks 2019



Around the World of Chocolate Tasting

Saturday, March 9th from 1:30pm – 2:15pm 
Sunday, March 10th from 1:30pm – 2:15pm 
Presented by Charlie Douglass

We have once again searched the world of chocolates and come up with a delightful world tour selection of taste.  Put on your traveling shoes and dust off your taste buds as we savor our way around the equator.

Limited to 35 participants per session (first come first serve basis).



Divine Dessert Pairings: Chocolate & Wine

Saturday, March 9th, 2019 from 12:00pm – 12:45pm
Presented by Larks Sommelier, Jennifer Williamson 

This guided pairing will focus on dessert wines including a classic ruby port (Ramos Pinto), the Stoller 2017 Late Harvest Riesling, and a Amontillado Sherry.

Get ready to mix and match pairings featuring white chocolate with strawberries from Divine Chocolate, Dagoba Milk Chocolate, Amano dark chocolate, and a peanut or almond butter chocolate. Class will include basics of wine & chocolate tasting using your eyes, nose, and palate to notice each wine and chocolate’s unique aromatic & flavor profile, as well as the basic theories of pairing wine.

Information sheet with tasting notes on each of the wines and chocolates will be provided.

Limited to 60 participants (first come first serve basis, workshop for 21 and older only).



History of Chocolate

Saturday, March 9th, 2019 from 3:00pm – 3:45pm
Presented by Lee Scott Theisen, Ph.D.

This 5000 year old history begins in the Upper Amazon in South America, and then becomes a way of life in Mesoamerica. It is now the world’s most craved food. It’s components affect the brain (it has been called “the love drug”), it is a medicine, it was a currency for hundreds of years, and a spiritual substance. The three musketeers, Goethe, Charles Dickens, Verdi, Casanova, Jean Harlow, Nat King Cole, Marcel Duchamp, and many others take part in its story.  And, yes, this story includes murder most foul, the environment and child labor.

Limited to 100 participants (first come first serve basis).



Chocolate Heaven for Everyday Cooks

Sunday, March 10th, 2019 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Presented by Chef Tim Keller

Do you want to learn easy chocolate recipes that will wow your family and friends? Join Chef Tim Keller on a fun and educational culinary adventure. During this 90 minute session learn how to work with chocolate, make heavenly chocolate crepes and chocolate cheesecake bon bons. Wait, this is not all. Chef Keller will also do a demo on how to make decadent chocolate truffles with Dancin Vineyards Pas de Chat Pinot, so ideal for your next party.

Take home recipe cards. 

Limited to 50 participants (first come first serve basis).


Chocolate & Wine Pairing: Myth or Magic?

Sunday, March 10th, 2019 from 2:00pm – 2:45pm
Presented by Wine Expert, Liz Wan

Join Southern Oregon wine expert Liz Wan as she takes you on an educational journey featuring Oregon wines paired with 4 chocolates. This guided tasting will include a wide spectrum of wines from dry acidic white, to big tannic red. This pairing will feature white, milk, dark and dark with red fruit chocolate bites.

Limited to 60 participants (first come first serve basis, workshop for 21 and older only).