THE NORTHWEST CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES OUR 13TH ANNUAL SHOWCASE

We are excited to present the world’s top education workshops, 20+ countries of global exhibitors, and indulgent chocolate tastes!

Acclaimed as the TOP SHOW for CHOCOLATE in North America and one of the BEST SHOWS for Chocolate in the WORLD for the past 9-years running – we are proud to “Celebrate and Educate the Chocolate Lover in All” for Two Full Days in November, with you.

Location: Bell Harbor – PIER 66
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The Northwest Chocolate Festival is widely considered “the industry standard” for artisan chocolate events. And though we are the Benchmark Event for all other chocolate shows to be compared with – we have no equal show or festival on the planet.
We are simply the best show in the world for artisan chocolate.

​The NW Chocolate Festival presents the largest Education Program of any chocolate event in the world. All classes, workshops and seminars are included in your Day Pass and Weekend Pass.

​Taste Chocolate from around-the-world with a global showcase on the main exhibit floor. Talk with chocolate makers, learn from chocolate experts and watch chocolate demos by world-famous chefs and industry pros.

​Meet Cacao Farmers and the people who supply raw ingredients for chocolate making, take a cooking class, enjoy chocolate + drink pairings – bring your friends and get excited – for the greatest gathering of chocolate makers in the world today. ​

CHOCOLATE LOVERS UNITE!

Meet the Team

BRIAN CISNEROS

FOUNDER + PRODUCER

Brian created the Northwest Chocolate Festival in 2008 to showcase craft chocolate makers and educate chocolate lovers from all walks of life. In 2014, Brian developed the Chocolate UnConference as the first industry conference based on participant-driven dialogue and shared outcomes. In 2020 Brian co-founded Chocolate Alliance to provide professional development programs and consulting services for artisan chocolate makers. In 2021 Brian co-founded the Specialty Cocoa Association, a non-profit dedicated to transparency and equality in cocoa. Brian holds a university degree in Social Program Development, as well he holds a Masters Degree in Organization Systems Design and Renewal, and a Professional Certificate in International Work Systems Consulting. Brian is an advocate for cacao farmers, craft producers, and fine chocolate. He has dedicated his professional life to building community, educating consumers. and provoking social change within the chocolate industry.

NICOLE SEYMOUR

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR + CEO

Nicole joined the Northwest Chocolate Festival in 2015 as Executive Director and in 2017 assumed the responsibilities of CEO for the organization. With a decade of event planning experience and a love of chocolate, Nicole has executed all types and sizes of productions around The Pacific Northwest from food events, to weddings, corporate events and non-profit fundraisers. Nicole has brought a renewed vision for growth and success of the NW Chocolate Festival and her keen attention to detail aides the Festival through the successful management of the many moving parts that keep this major international event aligned with it’s mission and purpose. Nicole’s favorite activities are running and being active outdoors, cooking delicious food, and spending time with her family. She believes in the importance of furthering understanding and knowledge of food sources, including cacao, and that this leads to more responsible consumer choices. She is proudly from Portland, Oregon, where she resides.

SHARON TERENZI

SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

Sharon is a chocolate blogger that has been writing about the latest news and trends in the fine chocolate industry for the past few years on TheChocolateJournalist.com. Her Social Media accounts are the place where the online community of chocolate lovers gathers to discuss all chocolate topics. While she travels the world to explore the international chocolate market and to meet with the most relevant players in the industry, she also consults small-medium sized chocolate companies on Social Media Marketing, and writes freelance on all chocolate related topics. She is also passionate about business, entrepreneurship and consumer’s psychology. Of course, she consumes chocolate on a daily basis.

On-Site Team

2021 Festival Production Crew

Alex Mason – Audio/Visual Lead and Tech support
Kayla Romey – Production Coordinator
Stephen Peterson – Production Manager
Taran Ignacio – Lighting Lead A/V
Billie Fisher – Admissions Staff
Kate Norris – Culinary Kitchen Stage Manager