The annual Colorado Chocolate Festival at the Crowne Plaza DIA (its new location since the Denver Mart closed) is Friday & Saturday, May 6 & 7, 2022,
and features more than 50,000 chocolate samples from more than 80 regional and national vendors. The event also includes entertainment, pudding eating contest, games, giveaways and more.
Admission is $10. Kids 12 and younger get in FREE. Taste Tickets allow attendees to sample treats during the festival and cost $10 for 12 tickets. You can buy tickets in advance online to save time.
Hours are Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here’s a detailed schedule of activities:
Friday, May 6
Friday Only booths:
- Chocolatina the Pie Queen
- The Crepe Outdoors
3:30 p.m. – VIP entry opens.
4 p.m. – General Admission opens.
5:30 p.m. – Name That Chocolate! Put on a blindfold and identify what you’re eating. Win Golden Tickets.
7 p.m. – Chocolatina: Queen of the Dessert – Chocolate Demo and singing with our favorite Drag Queen Pasty Chef.
9 p.m. – Close
Saturday, May 7
Saturday Only booth:
- Creation Station – Make Mother’s Day cards and gifts!
9:30 a.m. – VIP entry opens!
10 a.m. – General Admission opens!
10 a.m. – Chocolate Cereal Taste Test with Andrew Novick. Vote for your favorite while you watch Saturday morning cartoons and old cereal commercials.
11 a.m. – Mother’s Day Cake Cutting. Free chocolate Mother’s Day cake for all the moms! (Others use Taste Tickets).
11 a.m. – The Mom Game. Moms, how well do your kids know you? Find out in this fun game. Play for Golden Tickets.
12 p.m. – Chocolate Dipped Whaaat??? Andrew Novick returns with this crowd-pleasing favorite. Use Taste Tickets to try some of the craziest dippers ever.
1 p.m. – Chocolate Pudding Eating Contest. The hitch: No hands! Rounds for kids and adults. Win Golden Tickets.
2 p.m. – Chocolatier Championships hosted by Chris Parente.
3 p.m. – Chocolate Crown Competition! Can YOU eat the most Hershey Kisses in 30 seconds? You could win the glorious crown made out of chocolate.
5 p.m. – Close
Parking is discounted to $2 per hour, $6 maximum fee.
15500 E. 40th Ave. (at I-70 & Chambers Rd.), Denver.