Looking for something sweet to do in San Francisco the weekend of September 14th? Then be sure to stop by Ghirardelli Square to attend the 18th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival. Events include:

Cadillac 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 20 gourmet tastings, so unwind, relax, and try something new! Only open for Festival guests 21 years and older.

"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 2013 our goal is to double the quantity of premium offerings from restaurants, hotels, the travel industry and vendors

There are also 5 ticket packages offered for this event:


Chocolate Tasting Ticket

SAVE $5 ONLINE! This package will be $25 at the door. Includes: 15 Premium Chocolate Tastings

Chocolate & Wine Pavilion Tasting Package
SAVE $15 ONLINE! This package is $45 at the door. Includes: 15 Premium Chocolate Tastings, 20 Chocolate & Wine Pavilion Tastings, Souvenir Wine Glass

Chocolate Tasting & T-Shirt Package
SAVE $7.50 ONLINE! This package will be $45 at the door. Includes: 15 Premium Chocolate Tastings, Chocolate Festival T-Shirt



Chocolate, Wine, & T-Shirt Package
SAVE $20 ONLINE! Package will be $65 at the door. Includes: 15 Premium Chocolate Tastings, 20 Chocolate & Wine Pavilion Tastings, Souvenir Wine Glass, Chocolate Festival T-Shirt


VIP Chocolate Tasting Experience
ONLINE ONLY! LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE. Includes: 15 Premium Chocolate Tastings, 20 Chocolate & Wine Pavilion Tastings, Souvenir Wine Glass, Chocolate Festival T-Shirt, Semi-Private "Chocolate School" with the Ghirardelli Chocolate Professor, Ghirardelli Chocolate Gifts, and automatic 1 in 50 chance to win (2) tickets to the exclusive Festival VIP Party the evening of September 14th (not open to the public

For more info please go to: Ghirardelli - Premium Chocolate and Chocolate Gifts

All cash raised from this event will be given to Project Open Hand, a local organization that provides meals to the homebound critically ill, senior citizens and those living with HIV/AIDS.