On the Hunt for Ghirardelli Chocolate

Engage in an exciting hunt through Ghirardelli Square and create a virtual Ghirardelli Hot Fudge Sundae!

Use a QR (Quick Response) scanner on your smart phone to travel to four separate locations in Ghirardelli Square. When all the QR’s have been scanned, hunters will win a sweet treat and a prize to take home!

What a delicious way to see where it all began.

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On the Hunt
Ice Cream Eating Contest

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.

Ghirardelli's Earthquake Sundae is a real family favorite with eight scoops of ice cream, eight delicious toppings, fresh bananas, whipped cream, chopped almonds, decadent chocolate chips, and cherries.

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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.

Ghirardelli Chocolate remains San Francisco's premium chocolate company, and their chocolate making process is no different. We select only the highest quality beans, roast them using an unique process to lock in the intense taste, refine for ultimate velvety smoothness, and conch for the most sophisticated flavors.

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Chocolate School
Chef Demos

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!

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