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Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest

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The annual Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest will take place March 22 - 23, 2014, at the Expo New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Focused on coffee, coffee and tea, the festival features cooking demonstrations, sampling, seminars, contests, live performances and chocolate eating contests.

Some of Albuquerque's finest chocolatiers will be on hand, such as Chocolate Cartel, Theobroma Chocolatier and Xocai. Coffee roasters include Fat Boy Coffee Roasters, Java Junction, and Villa Myriam Coffee. Specialty shops will be on hand to lend their expertise.

The New Mexico Expo is located at 300 San Pedro NE. Parking is $5 per car.

Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest 2014 Schedule

  • Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets
Adult general admission, $10
Seniors (60+) and students, $8
Children 12 and under are free
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

All full price adult tickets purchased online receive a free souvenir mug while supplies last. Mugs will be provided at the festival.

What to Expect
There will be lots of coffee, chocolate and tea vendors exhibiting their products. Nearly all vendor provide samples. Sampling is encouraged, as are purchases of favored items. Pick up a bag upon entry so goodies don't get lost.

Culinary Stage
There will be cooking demos and seminars by the Santa Fe Culinary Academy, The Specialty Shop, Villa Myriam Coffee, Caveman Coffee, Whole Foods and the Southwest Dairy Farmers. 

Family Stage
There will be singing, dancing and games for kids of all ages, brought to you by The Crew NM and Sandra's School of Dance.

Local IQ Lounge
Enjoy live music, cooking and baking videos and more.

Contests
There will be  Guittard chocolate baking contests open to all ages. The contest for best chocolate cookie, bar or candy is March 23 at 2 p.m. The contest for the best chocolate cake or cupcake is March 23 at 3:30 p.m. Entries are judged on taste, creativity and presentation. Cash prizes will be awarded.

A chocolate pie eating contest takes place Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Be the first to finish a chocolate pudding pie--without using your hands or silverware. There will be a kid's and adult contest.

A food photography contest takes place online. Enter now.

There will also be a Kids Zone stage, where there will be entertainment, singing, dancing and games for the kids.

The 2014 List of Vendors Includes (but is not limited to):

  • A Cake Odyssey
  • Black Mesa Winery
  • Blackbird Pie Shop
  • Bosque Coffee Roasters
  • Brenda's Perfect Brittle
  • Buffett's Candies
  • Cafe Bella
  • Cake Fetish
  • Candy Kisses
  • Casa Rodena Winery
  • Caveman Coffee
  • Celina's Biscochitos
  • Cherished Motherhood
  • Chocolate Art Gallery
  • Chocolate Cartel
  • Chocolate Smith
  • Cookies by Design
  • Curious Kumquat
  • Cutco Cutlery
  • Delicious New Mexico
  • Desert Sun Coffee
  • E. Guittard Chocolates
  • Elixir Boutique Chocolates
  • Girl Scouts of New Mexico
  • Gluten Free Gourmet Foods
  • Guerrilla Graphix
  • Hardback Coffee
  • Heidi's Raspberry Farm
  • Iconik Coffee Roasters
  • Il Vicino Brewing
  • Indulgence Cakes and Catering
  • Janecka Skin Care
  • Java Junction
  • Joliesse Chocolates
  • JP's Custard Cart
  • Kakawa Chocolate 
  • Kona Ice
  • Kung Fu Cowboy Tea Company
  • Laughing Turtle Soaps
  • Le French Paris Bakery
  • Luque Meat Sauce
  • Lusty Monk Mustards
  • Marble Brewery
  • Matt's Gluten Free Bakery
  • Nectar of the Vine
  • New Mexico Pie Co.
  • New Mexico Pinon Coffee
  • O I Know Hope
  • Old Windmill Dairy 
  • Orange Magnolia Soapworks
  • Pampered Chef
  • Pasta More
  • Picacho Coffee
  • Pop Fizz
  • Popcorn Cannery
  • Prairie Thyme
  • Rebel Donut
  • Red Rock Roasters
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • Santa Fe Brewing
  • Satellite Coffee
  • Santa Fe Culinary Academy
  • Sweet & Saucy
  • Sweetwater Herbs
  • Southwest Dairy Farmers
  • Senor Murphy Candymaker
  • Shure Bakehouse
  • Sweet and Saucy
  • Tembloroso
  • Teri's Sweet Garden
  • The Specialty Shop
  • Theobroma Chocolatier
  • Trader Barb's Gallery
  • Van Rixel Gelato
  • Villa Myriam Coffees
  • What the Fudge
  • Whole Foods
  • Wickedly Wonderful Pate
  • Wildtree
  • Xocai Chocolates

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Visit the Fest online to register for workshops and contests, and to learn more.

Find out about more chocolate in Albuquerque.

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