Mark your calendars for the weekend of September 14th & 15th as the 18th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival returns to Ghirardelli Square. The Chocolate Festival is one of the most popular events of the year with over 30 vendors generously donating their products to help raise money for Project Open Hand, a local organization that provides meals to the homebound critically ill, senior citizens, and those living with HIV/AIDS.

This year’s event looks to be one of the best to date and will include gourmet chocolate tastings, chef demonstrations, Chocolate School, the “Earthquake” Ice Cream Eating Contest and the NEW Chocolate & Wine Pavilion. After a successful 2012 introduction, the silent auction will be held once again to benefit Project Open Hand, the non-profit benefitting from the Chocolate Festival each year. Last year’s festival raised over $60,000 for this worthy cause.

For more information regarding festival details and to purchase your tickets, visit the official website.

Didn't attend last year’s Chocolate Festival?  Have a look at the fun you missed.

Hope to see you all there.

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