2024 dates have been released!
Chocolate lovers of Cambridge & Beyond, we have exciting news! The Cambridge Chocolate Festival is back with a BIG BANG in the heart of Cambridge at the Orator, located behind the Round Church. To celebrate the love of chocolate, is will be held again during the Valentines weekend from Friday the 9th of February until Sunday the 11th of February 2024.
This well-known swanky bar, restaurant and private rooms is the perfect place for this fun event. As you would expect, the Chocolate Festival is laced with chocolate, fun workshops, and interesting talks, but also a powerful session learning about the power of Cocoa.
But there is more! The Orator has created chocolate-inspired cocktails and a menu to celebrate the 2023 Chocolate Festival. The brainchild of Riadh Falvo, founder of Cambridge boutique chocolate brand Bumble & Oak and regular Velvet contributor, the festival started life last year with an event at Histon Smokehouse and proved a sell-out success.
Date and what to expect
Starting on Friday, the 9th of February, it will run to the 11th of February. As this exciting festival is just before Valentine’s Day, it’s the perfect excuse to spoil the love in your life with tastings, browsing stalls and sipping chocolate cocktails afterwards before a romantic dinner at the Orator.
The main event runs from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, with confirmed stallholders already including Anisa & Chocolate (known for bean-to-bar), Bitesize Bakehouse (gourmet marshmallows and handmade chocolates) and The Linton Kitchen (cakes and bakes). The line-up for the Talks & Tastings Room will include Mama Bombon, set to share stories from her global chocolate travels, and the team from La Latina Bustaurante, who will demo a traditional – savoury – hot chocolate. The first 50 arrivals on Saturday will also scoop a goodie bag.
The face behind the Cambridge Chocolate Festival
The brainchild of Riadh Falvo, founder of Cambridge boutique chocolate brand Bumble & Oak and regular Velvet contributor, the festival started life last year with an event at Histon Smokehouse and proved a sell-out success.
The idea for the Cambridge Chocolate Festival came together when founder and local chocolatier Riadh Falvo of Bumble & Oak joined other indies at a market at Histon Smokehouse in 2021. They called it “The Cambridge Takeover”. Following this takeover, the first Cambridge Chocolate Festival was held in February 2022.
The latest news
Follow the festival on their social media for the latest updates.
Tickets for the festival are £2 p.p. (excludes workshops) For updates, follow @camchocofest
Have a great time at the Cambridge Chocolate Festival, and if you’re still stuck for ideas to spoil your Valentine this year, check out our delicious events below.