March 5-6, 2020
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
The theme of Elevate Chocolate 2020 will be Celebrating Fine Chocolate Flavors from Around the World. The event will include four general session speakers, ten technical workshops, and a day-long Trade Fair. Attendees will have opportunities to exchange insights and information, building their businesses and working to raise the profile of fine cacao and chocolate among a larger audience.
Discussions will cover key topics relevant to the fine chocolate industry, such as cocoa supply chain and quality sourcing strategies, marketing and communicating fine chocolate to a larger audience, and best business practices. The Trade Fair will display exhibitions by companies and individuals across the industry of fine chocolate, including chocolate makers, chocolatiers, bean traders, farmer groups, equipment suppliers, and more. (See the list of exhibitors.)
The conference will also include a regulatory update, a report on the results of a business survey conducted by the National Confectioners Association and FCIA in 2019, and updates from the Heirloom Cacao Program. Supplementing the information and educational opportunities will be an opening reception, featuring a performance by dancers from Peru and tasting tables by chocolatiers and chocolate makers.
Join the worldwide community of fine chocolate practitioners and enthusiasts for tastings, workshops, group discussions, general forum, and networking opportunities, plus an expanded FCIA Trade Fair (formerly the Gallery Showcase).
Don't miss the Thursday evening FCIA Reception, with entertainment by dancers from Peru!
March 5: 5pm - 9pm General Session & FCIA Reception
March 6: 8:30am - 3:30pm General Session, Technical Workshops & FCIA Trade Fair
Elevate Chocolate Trade Fair
There are several options available to participate in the Elevate Chocolate Trade Fair.
Please contact Nicole Price for questions.
If you would like to volunteer, please complete the FCIA online Volunteer Form. It's a wonderful
opportunity to help out and attend the event for free.
Craft Chocolate Experience: San Francisco
While you're in San Francisco for the FCIA Elevate Chocolate Event, plan to stay through the weekend and attend the Craft Chocolate Experience: San Francisco, March 6-8, 2020. It is a brand new chocolate festival open to the public to educate, entertain, and promote the craft chocolate industry.
Both events will take place at the Palace of Fine Arts, so it will be easy and convenient to attend both. There will be a discount for FCIA members who purchase general admission tickets.
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FCIA Trade Fair Exhibitors
Our Trade Fair is a great way to check out new products and get advice relevant to you business. Visit companies like:
Beyond Good by Madécasse
Blommer Chocolate Company
Catholic Relief Services
Cocoa Peruvian Partners
Dallas Chocolate Festival
Diamond Custom Machines
Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate
DraughtLab Sensory Software
Hilliard's Chocolate System
Northwest Chocolate Festival
Soklet by Regal Foods & Beverages
UMAU CACAO by Colombian Cacao Company
FCIA Media Sponsors
Questions or need more information? Event Organizer, Nicole Price: email@example.com