May 6-7, 2016

Friday and Saturday of Mother’s Day Weekend!

Denver Merchandise Mart
I-25 at 58th Ave (exit east) just north of I-70!
Carpeted indoor fair!

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We take cash or credit card!


Best Food Fair: Colorado Chocolate Festival

“Like chocolate? Then you’ll love the Colorado Chocolate Festival, which turns Mother’s Day weekend into one long, miasmic cacao high, as hopped-up chocoholics snake from booth to booth tasting chocolate of every ilk, from dark and pure to sweet and milky, gooey to waxy smooth, with wine, with nuts, infused with tea, slathered on cakes, baked into brownies and artfully rolled into rich, melty truffles. Last year, there were chocolate contests, baking demonstrations and a Miss Chocolate crowning, and Willy Wonka strolled the room; there was even a Mother’s Day gift market of non-chocolate items.”



This video was shot by ZeroSun Pictures at the 2010 Colorado chocolate Festival!

30,000 Sq Ft of Chocolate Heaven

Over 80 Vendors from across the U.S.!

Chocolate Candy, Cakes, Cookies, Truffles, Fudge,
Brownies, Toffees, Coffees and so much more!

Everything chocolate will be here! Not to mention our Mother’s Day Gift Market
with jewelry, clothes, imports, crafts, the works!

Sample and buy the finest chocolates in Colorado!

Tastings * samples * speakers * cooking demos * wine-tastings * contests * food & drink *
Chocolate Cake Competition * live music * Chocolate Crown Competition * Mother’s Day gifts * VIPs *
Chocolatier Championships * gifts * games * kids’ activities * fun for all!

Show Hours: Friday May 6th, 4-9 pm and

Saturday May 7th, 10 am – 6 pm


Admission: $5

Kids under 5: FREE

Purchase Taste Tickets for Samples. 12 tickets for $10 ; 24 tickets for $20 Each vendor decides on their own sample sizes. Taste Tickets allow us to pay the vendors for their generous sampling. :)

NEW:  VIP Ticket: $50

The ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE at the Colorado Chocolate Festival – and the ULTIMATE MOTHER’S DAY GIFT!

  • One  VIP Admission bracelet
  • 12 regular Taste Tickets good at any booth
  • 12 VIP Indulgence Tickets – good at any of our hand-selected VIP program booths! Exclusive chocolates!
  • Custom Box to hold your 12 VIP Chocolates, so you can eat them later if you want.
  • Early Admission!  Get in 15 minutes before the doors open both days, to get a jump on the crowd.
  • Reserved seating on the front rows at all stage events throughout the Festival.

 PARKING:  FREE on Friday; $5 on Saturday. The Mart now charges for parking at most events.

VOTE for the booth with the BEST SAMPLES!

They’ll get a free booth at our next show!


Event Schedule

Friday 4 – 9 pm
4:00 – 6:00 – Live music with Rooths and Rhythm
6:00 – Chocolate & Whiskey Pairing wtih Chocolate Therapist Julie Pech & Leopold Brothers
(requires Taste Tickets)
7:00 – Chocolate-Covered WHAT??!! with Andrew Novick (requires Taste Tickets to sample)

Saturday 10am – 6pm
10:00 – Avanti Musicians will play throughout the day!
10:30 – Chocolate & Coffee Pairing wtih Chocolate Therapist Julie Pech (requires Taste Tickets)
12:00 – Chocolate Pudding Eating contest! Win prizes!
1:00 – Chocolate, Cheese & Wine Pairing with Chocolate
Lab, New World Cheese and Vino Passarelli
(requires Taste Tickets)
2:00 – Chocolatier Championships – Awards Presented!
3:00 – Chocolate Crown! Can YOU eat the most Hershey Kisses in 1 minute? Win prizes!
4:00 – Chocolate & Whiskey Pairing wtih Chocolate Therapist Julie Pech & Leopold Brothers
(requires Taste Tickets)
5:00 – Chocolate Demo with Cook Street Cooking School
(requires Taste Tickets to sample)



Anyone can enter this FUN contest – with our amazing MC,  Chris Parente of KDVR! Can YOU eat the most Chocolate Kisses in 1 MINUTE??? Just be at the stage a few minutes before 3:00pm Saturday to enter!

Photo:  “Swiss Miss” Chris Parente crowns the 2011 Chocolate King, Phil Yates!




About the Promoter: Dana Cain has hosted over 150 festivals and shows in the Denver Area, and in 2011, she launched the first-ever Denver County Fair! Dana’s efforts have earned her 13 Best of Denver awards – including “Best Food Fair” for the Colorado Chocolate Festival!

Get on our email list!

Write to Put “CHOCOLATE LIST”in the subject line!

Specify if you want to be on the regular list or vendor list!

WHY GO HOME?? Stay Overnight!

It’s all about INDULGENCE, right?

Party on Friday, crash at the hotel
and go back for more on Saturday!

The Comfort Inn Central, located at the Merchandise Mart
where the Festival happens,

is a great place to stay!

Call 303-297-1717 or visit their website at


 … And get ready to kick off SUMMER in the Rockies with the Winter Park Chocolate Festival

Saturday, June 18th in beautiful Winter Park, Colorado!

Info on this one – and our other chocolate festivals

around the state are  HERE.

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