Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival San Francisco

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Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival – Decadence!

Going to Ghirardelli Square was a treat for me as kid. The whole place smells like chocolate!

The Chocolate Festival is a delight for kids and adults. There are world renowned chefs, local entrepreneurs and fun entertainment throughout the square. Auctions are held with proceeds supporting local non-profits. Everything about the event shows the heart of San Francisco.

For adults only, there’s the Chocolate and Wine pavilion. You can even learn about chocolate from The Professor, Steve Genzoli. I’d never seen a real cocoa bean until I attended the Chocolate School at the festival.

You can’t miss the infamous Earthquake Ice Cream eating contest. About a half dozen people compete to eat Ghirardelli’s Earthquake Sundaes as fast as possible. That’s eight scoops of ice cream with no hands. There’s a kids’ contest too with smaller sundaes. I think that’s more fun to watch than anything else. It’s so messy!

The fantastic scenery, great people and great food create a perfect weekend event.

100% of the profits go to Project Open Hand, a local nonprofit organization the provides meals for the critically ill and seniors. As the website says, “Indulge for a Cause”.

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Ghiraelli Square, San Francisco

Opening Times

Sep 8 - 9: 12:00 - 17:00


Entry from: US$ 22


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)