Topeka
Topeka

Kansas Chocolate Festival

Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Downtown Topeka on Kansas Avenue

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2017 Chocolate fest map

What you can expect

  • Start the day with the Chocolate 5K/10K: Combat Air Museum's Winged-Foot run. Details below at Chocolate 5K/10K.
  • The Kansas Chocolate Competition -- Register NOW
  • See the MARS Nascar and try your hand at a driving simulator.
  • Samples in the indoor tasting area, 713 S. Kansas Ave., will be $1 each. Chocolatiers from five states will be represented. 
    • Bittersweet Kitchen, St. Louis, Missouri
    • Bizz & Weezy Confections, Kansas City, Missouri
    • Glacier Confection, Tulsa, Oklahoma
    • Kakao Chocolate, Maplewood, Missouri
    • Pacari Chocolate, Boca Raton, Florida
    • Sublime Chocolate, Allen, Texas
    • Sweet Granada, Emporia, Kansas
  • Chocolate, baked goods and sweets from regional businesses.
  • 20 food trucks & 20 vendors
  • A children's play area - $10 wristbands good for all day play on bounce houses. More fun with Sky's the Limit Mobile Gaming (pay to play.) the 600 block of South Kansas Ave.
  • Stage demonstrations (South Stage, 9th & Kansas)
    • 10:30 a.m. Chocolate from bean to bar by Hazel Hill's Nick Xidis
    • 11:30 a.m. Cooking with Chocolate by Scott Nichols
    • 12:30 p.m. Topeka's own Hazel Hill Chocolate demonstrates technique
    • 1:30 p.m. - Chocolate Pudding Eating Contest (Adult and child divisions)
    • 2:30 p.m. - Chocolate Competition winners announced
  • Live music (North Stage, 6th and Kansas)
    • 10-11:30 a.m.: Restless Native
    • Noon-1 p.m.: Kyler Carpenter
    • 1:30-3 p.m.: Kangaroo Ali
  • Special Chocolate Experiences with downtown businesses, incluidng:
    • Avenue Hair Salon: Chocolate Pedicure or Manicure, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • State Capitol Tours: Receive a fun size bag of Caramel M&Ms (made exclusively in Topeka) when you visit the State Capitol today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a tour. 
    • David's Jewelers: Two chocolate fountains (one white chocolate, one milk chocolate) with dipping items in the store.
    • Sidewalk sale at 629 S. Kansas Ave. featuring Absolute Designs by Brenda and Reliant Apparel. Reliant is the official provider of the Kansas Chocolate Festival T-shirt.
    • HHB BBQ: Open during the festival with a chocolate beer on tap.
    • Moburts: Brownies made with their spice blends and oils for sampling.
    • Wolfe's Camera Shop:Special savings on "chocolate" products: brown camera bags, brown photo albums, brown frames and more 

Topeka's own Hazel Hill Chocolate Traditions will have a pretzel dipping station (pretzels by Frito-Lay) and a caramel apple station outside shop. Inside you can enjoy:

  • Samples of fudge buffalo all day, beginning at 10 a.m., 
  • Hazel Pops at 11:30 a.m. 
  • Peanut brittle at 1 p.m. and
  • Fudge making at 2 p.m. 
  • Don't miss their on stage presentations at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. as well.

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Rise and shine with the Combat Air Museum Chocolate 5K/10K

2017 Chocolate Festival Run - Combat Air MuseumIf you want to burn some calories before you indulge at the Kansas Chocolate Festival, register now for the Combat Air Museum's annual wing-foot 5K and 10K. The fundraiser supports museum operations and has a chocolate flair. 
Register and pay online at: www.active.com

Only pre-registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt.

Combat Air Museum, 7016 SE Forbes Ave.

Race day registration: 6:45-7:45 a.m.
Warm up: 7:30 a.m.
Race begins: 8 a.m. 
Learn more on Topeka365.com.

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Stay out late with our new addition -- Chocolate After Dark
Chocolate After Dark Logo

Join us for this ticketed VIP experience Saturday, Sept. 30, 6-8 p.m. at the elegant Dillon House, 404 SW 9th St. Buy tickets in advance. This event will sell out.

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FAQs for the 2017 Kansas Chocolate Festival

Q. Is there an entry fee?
The festival itself is free and all are welcome to enjoy the samples, bands, stage presentations and atmosphere. Vendors, food trucks and some chocolate samples will charge. ATMs are available at 7th and 9th Streets and most accepted credit and debit cards.

Q. What's new this year?

  • $1 tasting tickets for specialty chocolitiers
  • Children's play area

Tasting details: This year, we will have an indoor area where you can purchase tickets for $1 each to sample specialty chocolates created by chocolatiers from Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Tickets will be avaialble on-site only. Cash only please.

Vendors will have samples and baking contest entrants will bring samples as well (LIMIT TWO PER PERSON).

Children's area details: Wristbands are available for purchase; $10 for unlimited play on bounce houses provided by The Carnival Guy.

There is also a game truck, Sky’s The Limit, that will also have video game times to be purchased.

Q. Will there be free samples to taste?
Yes!  Every outside vendor will have samples to taste until they run out.  We will do our best to provide as many samples as possible.

Q. Are Pets Welcomed?
Yes!  Pets on leashes are welcome but will not be allowed into the indoor Ticketed Tasting area.

Q. Will there be entertainment?
Yes. One stage will have musical performances. Another will have chocolate demonstrations, bean to bar presentation and a chocolate pudding eating contest.

Q. Will there be a Baking Contest this year?
Yes!  The winners of each category will be announced at 2:30 p.m. on the demonstration stage. Baking contest registrations are due by Sept. 27, with items delivered to Visit Topeka on the morning of Sept. 30. 

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Volunteers & Vendors

Vendor registration is now closed. Interested volunteers can contact Rosa Cavazos for more information at Rosa@VisitTopeka.com or call 785-234-1030.

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