Did you make it to the Kansas Chocolate Festival?

Details about the 2017 Kansas Chocolate Festival will be released early in 2017. 

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Saturday, September 24, 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Downtown Topeka, Kansas -- 6th to 10th Avenues on South Kansas Avenue

Take the free Topeka Metro Shuttle: Park on the east side of Hummer Sports Park, near the football field, and catch a free ride to 6th and Kansas. Runs 9:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. The shuttle will drop off at 6th and Kansas and also stops at Aaron Douglas Art Fair.

Visit Topeka is thrilled to present the Kansas Chocolate Festival. This one-of-a-kind partnership with Mars Chocolate North America will be centered on Kansas Avenue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 24, 2016. 

Bring ready taste buds and a smile and enjoy a truly unique chocolate experience. No admission will be charged to enter the festival. Vendors and food trucks will have items for sale. Each food truck will have at least one specialty menu item that includes Mars Chocolate as an ingredient.  

Enjoy the demonstration stage and events happening related to, but separate from, the festival: A 5K in the morning and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on the Statehouse lawn at dusk. 

Chocolate Festival Map

M&M'S & MORE: Mars Chocolate North America specialty events

  • An M&M’S merchandise retail booth will be located on the south side of the intersection of 9th Street and S. Kansas Avenue, under the HHB BBQ canopy, from noon to 4 p.m. or until sold out. All items will cost less than $20 and only cash will be accepted.
  • The M&M’S NASCAR will be parked on the east side of that intersection, across from the chocolate demonstration stage.
  • M&M’S characters will be walking around the festival throughout the day.

Chocolate Finish Line  

Join Visit Topeka, Mars Chocolate North America, and Combat Air Museum at 8 a.m. on September 24 for the Kansas Chocolate Festival Winged Foot Fast 5K/10K Run & 4K Walk.

At the end of the race each runner will get to enjoy delicious chocolate milk from Iwig Dairy, scrumptious mini chocolate cupcakes from Shana Cake, and of course M&M's and Snickers from Mars Chocolate North America.

Main Stage: Demonstration schedule

10:30 – 11 a.m. – Mars Chocolate North America presents “Chocolate: From Bean to Bar.” Understand how chocolate goes from plant to table as a Mars Chocolate History Ambassador explains the process from Cocoa bean to chocolate bar.  

11:30 a.m. to noon – Scott Nickel, Washburn Tech, presents “Breakfast with Chocolate Scott.” Like putting a nickel in your nostril, Scott will put chocolate in places you would think it shouldn't be for breakfast.

12:30 – 1 p.m. – Al Struttman from Moburts, Downtown Topeka’s own spice shop, presents “Spices, Herbs, Salts, Oils, Vinegar and Chocolate. Explore the Flavors!” Get tips your palette is sure to enjoy as you learn new pairings and a few simple ways to bring more chocolate flavor into home cooking.  

1-1:30 p.m.  – AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate presents “The History of Chocolate.” Discover chocolate’s fascinating story with Dave Borghesani, Chocolate History Research Manager.

1:45 – 2:15 p.m. – Chocolate Pudding Eating Contest. This is a recreational competition, not a professional eating challenge. Sponsored by Sam's Club.

2:30 – 3 p.m. – Nick Xidis, from Downtown Topeka’s Hazel Hill Chocolate Traditions, presents “Desserts!” Nick will teach some simple and delicious treats to make at home. 

3:30 – 4 p.m. – Mars Chocolate North America returns with “Dove Chocolate and S’mores.” Don’t miss this demonstration of the campfire favorite.  

Explore downtown and experience chocolate

Live music on the stage near 6th and S. Kansas Avenues

Hazel Hill demonstration schedule

  • 10 a.m. - The Signature Fudge Buffalo
  • 11 a.m. - Decorating Caramel Apples
  • 12 p.m. - Taffy Pulling
  • 1 p.m. - Peanut Brittle
  • 2 p.m. - Pecan Hills
    • 2:30 p.m. - Nick's on the main stage.
  • 3 p.m. - Chocolate Clay
  • 4 p.m. - Fudge

Participating Downtown Topeka businesses with special experiences or discounts

Kansas Chocolate Competition

Think you make the best chocolate chip cookies, brownies, or other chocolate treats in all of Kansas? Now you can prove it! Top finishers win $300 cash and bragging rights!  Read the rules and get ready!

Enter your favorite chocolate cookie, brownie, cake/cupcake, or enter the miscellaneous category. Entries must be brought to Visit Topeka, 618 S Kansas Ave., between 10 and 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 24. No late entries can be accepted. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Registration Form


Interested volunteers can contact Rosa Cavazos for more information at or call 785-234-1030.