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York Chocolate Festival

March 27 - March 31

York is set to be transformed into a chocolate lover’s dream as the annual Chocolate Festival returns.

The five-day festival celebrates York’s rich chocolate heritage, and will feature a bustling market of chocolatiers and confectioners, as well as hands-on activities, taste trails, Easter egg hunts, and much more.

Where? Parliament Street, York 

When? 27th to 31st March 2024.

Festival-goers will be able to witness the skilled craftsmanship of ‘extreme chocolatier’ Ashley McCarthy (pictured) as he constructs his ‘Chocolate House’ throughout the event – which will be added to the event’s ‘Sculpture Gallery of Chocolate’.

Other highlights to look forward to include:

  • Central marketplace – featuring a diverse range of local chocolatiers and confectioners showcasing an array of sweet treats and some savoury foods with a chocolate twist
  • Chocolate food factory – try hands-on chocolate making at St Crux
  • Chocolate cafe-bar – Indulge in snacks and meals will be available to buy, including chilli con carne with cocoa, vegan flatbreads, and chocolate stout
  • Taste trail – Wander around the city with a self-guided taste trail, while sampling some tasty delights
  • Easter egg hunt – Families can enjoy a self-guided Easter Egg Hunt, exploring York, solving clues, and collecting mini eggs
  • Chocolate egg decorating – Decorate your own Easter-egg shaped chocolate bar with York Cocoa Works
  • York Cocoa Works – Throughout the festival, York Cocoa Works will host daily chocolate experiences, masterclasses, and workshops
  • Chocolate Beer and Gin tastings – Book an experience to remember with York Gin, Brew York and Fairfax House

Some of these activities require pre-booked tickets.

For more information and to book ticketed events, visit the Festival website.


March 27
March 31