Join us for the 20th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival!

Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco, CA

September 12th & 13th, 2015

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.

Tickets on sale February 2015!

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 even more 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 the Culinary Stage 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 2015 our goal is to double the quantity of premium offerings from restaurants, hotels, the travel industry and vendors.

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

Tickets on sale here!

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. In the last three years, the festival raised over $185,000 for Project Open Hand. That's 92,000 meals to those in need! 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 Red & White Fleet Ghirardelli
Ghirardelli GoGo Squeeze Ghirardelli Square
SFMTA | Municipal Transportation Agency SFMC Torani
Wente SRES