Skip to content
Join our Newsletter

Metro Vancouver's month-long Hot Chocolate Festival is back for 2023

Sweet news!
Dozens of local cafes, bakeries, and restaurants will participate in the 13th annual Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival, which runs city-wide from Jan. 14 to Feb. 14, 2023.

Ready for some sweet news? The popular annual Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is set to take place once again this year, spanning four weeks in January and February 2023.

Launching Jan. 14, and running through Feb. 14, the month-long event is undoubtedly the sweetest way for chocoholics to count down to Valentine’s Day.

Now in its 13th year, Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival finds restaurants, cafes, and treat shops across the region showcasing original cocoa concoctions and specials to please your sweet tooth. Fans of the warming, chocolatey drink can get their hands on the drinks of their choosing by simply visiting a participating location. 

In recent years, the Hot Chocolate Festival has seen about 40 participants every winter, dreaming up and pouring from a roster of upwards of nearly 100 tempting sweet creations.

For 2023, organizers promise the event is going to be super sweet, with "more mind-blowing HCs than ever before!"

Year after year, some venues pull out all the stops and offer outrageous and over-the-top concoctions featuring unique and unexpected ingredients; in the past we've seen hot chocolates tricked out with all kinds of spices and ingredients like bacon or even crickets, as well as ones dolled up with cookies, candies, and other tantalizing add-ons. You can even find some hot chocolates with a grown-up boost, i.e. booze, while some cafes will keep their comforting cups a little more traditional.

What's in store for this year? We now know which Metro Vancouver spots will be taking part in the Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Fest 2023 - you can find a full list, map, and some exciting highlights HERE.