We are excited to present the world’s top education workshops, the best chocolate 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 14-years running – we are proud to “Celebrate and Educate the Chocolate Lover in All” for Two Full Days in October, 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. ​


Meet the Founder



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 Makers 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 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 Development, and a Graduate Certificate in Work Systems Design. Brian is an advocate for cacao farmers, craft chocolate makers, value producers, transparent food systems, and fine chocolate. He has dedicated his professional life to building community, educating consumers. and provoking social change within the chocolate industry.

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