Join us for the 19th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival!

Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco, CA

September 13th & 14th, 12PM-5PM

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is excited to invite you to the annual, two-day chocolate celebration that has transformed into a true San Francisco staple. Over 30 vendors generously donate sample-sized portions of their products to help raise money for Project Open Hand.

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Come Indulge for a Cause with us!

  • Ghirardelli Chocolate & Wine Pavilion: Come sip and savor premium samples from local wineries and gourmet dessert vendors in the heart of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival. This new and exclusive area of the event will require an additional “Pavilion” ticket good for 12 gourmet tastings, so unwind, relax, and try something new! Only open for Festival guests 21 years and older.
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Earthquake Ice Cream Eating Contest: A Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival Tradition! Festival attendees compete or just witness the hilarity as six lucky people eat the famous Ghirardelli "Earthquake" Sundae as fast as they can without hands. Battling each other and their own stomachs, competitors are sure to make this experience a memorable (and delicious) one. Children also compete with a smaller version of the famous Earthquake Sundae. There are three competitions on both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Chocolate School- "From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Bar": Come join Ghirardelli's own "Chocolate Professor", Steve Genzoli, as he teaches "Chocolate School" and takes audience members through a tour of the delicious chocolate making process. Learn every step a bean takes to become that mouth watering chocolate bar from Ghirardelli's VP of Research & Development and Quality Assurance.
  • Chef Demonstrations: Local culinary professionals work their delicious magic on both Saturday and Sunday at one of two Culinary Stages at the Festival. Be engaged in all things chocolate and learn the inside scoop on many delectable delights. Learning has never tasted so good!
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival Silent Auction to benefit Project Open Hand: First developed in 2012, the auction proved to be a success with the Festival guest and raised additional funds for Project Open Hand. In 2014 our goal is to double the quantity of premium offerings from restaurants, hotels, the travel industry and vendors.

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ample anything from chocolate tea, hot fudge sundaes, to gourmet toffee!

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Project Open Hand

Each year, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival partners with Project Open Hand, a local organization that provides meals to the homebound critically ill, senior citizens, and those living with HIV/AIDS. Last year, festival proceeds raised more than $90,000 for this cause. With your help, we plan and hope to raise even more in 2014. For more information about Project Open Hand, visit their website.




Come join our efforts to make this year an exceptional

celebration of San Francisco culture and chocolate!

Official Sponsors

Ghirardelli Cadillac Red & White Fleet
Ghirardelli Ghirardelli GoGo Squeeze
SFMTA | Municipal Transportation Agency Ghirardelli Square 360 Vodka
ChocolatRouge Ghirardelli ChocolatRouge
Ghirardelli Red & White Fleet Ghirardelli
Ghirardelli GoGo Squeeze Ghirardelli Square
SFMTA | Municipal Transportation Agency SFMC Torani
Wente SRES