The Legendary 9th Annual Harvard Square Chocolate Festival
The Harvard Square Business Association is excited to announce the highly anticipated 9th Annual Chocolate Festival. For three days, Harvard Square establishments pull out all the stops to celebrate all things chocolate! Harvard Square restaurants will feature chocolate appetizers, entrees, desserts, cocktails, cordials and nightcaps while Harvard Square retailers will dazzle you scrumptious chocolate specials and deals.
The highlight of this beloved weekend extravaganza is the free Chocolate Tasting Event on Saturday, January 28th from 1pm – 2pm. Please join us on Brattle Plaza (in front of Crema Café at 27 Brattle Street) for delicious, delectable and decadent chocolate treats from Harvard Square’s finest purveyors including Cabot’s Candy, Crema Cafe, DAVIDs TEA, El Jefe’s Taqueria, En Boca, Flour Bakery, Henrietta’s Table, Hotel Tria, JP Licks, Shake Shack, Starbucks, Toscano , wagamama and Zinnekens. Make sure to come early! This tantalizing event is very popular and attracts hundreds of sweet tooths!
When you've had your fill of chocolate, take a jaunt through Harvard Yard to the Museum of Natural History. Visit the famed Glass Flowers gallery where realistic hand-crafted glass models of Cacao, as well as cashew nuts, mango, pineapple, and other edible plants are on display.
Whether you are a serious chocolate aficionado or a fun-loving chocaholic, please join us for the sweetest weekend of the year in Harvard Square.
Boston University Reporter published an article about Harvard Squares 9th Annual Chocolate Festival. View it Here!
Cambridge Center for Adult Education
Cambridge Center for Adult Education is offering two chocolate events during chocolate weekend.
Delicious & Divine: A Chocolate & Wine Affair on Sunday, 2:45-4:15pm. Jan. 29
What do Casanova, Montezuma, and Mozart all have in common? A love of chocolate! And what goes best with chocolate? Wine! Join us for this extravaganza exploring the history of romance and chocolate and why this decadent treat makes your heart flutter and your spirits fly. Learn how to match your favorite chocolates with the correct varietals and sample some delicious wine and chocolate pairings from around the world. Instructor: Victoria E. Kichuk $55 To register:
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle Street, ccae.org, (617) 547-6789
A Cambridge House Inn, 2218 Massachusetts Avenue, acambridgehouse.com, (617) 491-6300
A Friendly Inn, 1673 Cambridge Street, afinow.com/afi, (617) 547-7851
Capital One Café
Capital One Café will be running a happy hour, 1 small complimentary chocolate beverage from our menu between the hours of 1 – 3pm Friday through Sunday in celebration this wonderful weekend. There will also be Ambassadors outside handing out cards good for 1 free beverage of any size, redeemable at any Capital One Café location for a limited time Saturday.
Capital One Café, 24 JFK Street, capitalone.com, (617) 299-2669
Charles Square Winter Farmer’s Market
On Sunday, the Charles Square Winter Farmer’s Market at the Charles Hotel will have plenty of chocolate treats available! Busa Farm will be serving hot chocolate, Stillman’s will offer chocolate covered bacon, High Rise will be have chocolate cookies and treats and the guest vendor, Q’s Nuts will feature chocolate themed roasted nuts.
Charles Square Winter Farmer’s Market, Charles Hotel Courtyard, 5 Bennet Street, charleshotel.com/services-and-amenities/seasonal-activities
DAVIDsTEA will be sampling their sinfully delicious chocolate teas all weekend long, plus 2 for $10 chocolate bars and treats!
DAVIDsTEA, 35 JFK Street, davidstea.com, (617) 547-0483
Flour Bakery & Café, 114 Mount Auburn Street, flourbakery.com, (617) 714-3205
Grendel’s Den and Restaurant
Grendel's Den Restaurant & Bar will be serving Black & White Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Bailey's Cream Sauce, Boulder Beer Company Shake Chocolate Porter, and a list of boozy Hot Chocolate drinks.
Grendel’s Den and Restaurant, 89 Winthrop Street, grendelsden.com, (617) 491-1160
Grolier Poetry Book Shop
The Grolier will be hosting a reading from 5pm - 7pm on February 11th celebrating an anthology of coffee and chocolate Dark as a Hazel Eye, Coffee and Chocolate Poems. There will be chocolate at the reading.
Grolier Poetry Book Shop, 6 Plympton Street, grolierpoetrybookshop.org, (617) 547-4648
Harvard Museum of Natural History
For a no-calorie break all weekend, walk 8 minutes across the Harvard campus to the Harvard Museum of Natural History to see the glass model of Cacao, the plant from which we make chocolate, in the Blaschka gallery. The weekend’s Nature Storytimes at 11:00 am and 2 pm will feature Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate or No Monkeys, No Chocolate, children’s picture books about ecosystems where cacao is grown. Museum gallery guides will be on hand in the renovated Glass Flowers gallery to answer visitor questions. Open daily 9 am to 5 pm. See website www.hmnh.harvard.edu for directions & parking info.
Visitors to the museum on weekends can purchase a parking pass for the adjacent 52 Oxford Street garage for $8 for all-day parking, if they also purchase museum admission. Instructions on the website under Plan Your Visit.
Open daily 9 am to 5 pm, with free admission to Massachusetts residents (with ID) on Sundays 9 am to noon. Ticket includes the connected Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology where you can admire Maya monuments and so much more.
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, hmnh.harvard.edu, (617) 495-3045
Henrietta’s Table will run a dark chocolate Mousse dome with a chocolate liquid center, Taza roasted cocoa nibs & shortbread cookie for the weekend on the dessert menu.
Henrietta’s Table, 1 Bennett Street, henriettastable.com, (617) 661-5005
Noir will have chocolate martinis on the menu during Chocolate Weekend.
Noir, 1 Bennett Street, noir-bar.com, (617) 661-8010
Parsnip Restaurant & Lounge
The lounge at Parsnip will be open to the public for Chocolate Weekend 5:30PM-9PM Friday & Saturday for the festivities. They will be exclusively offering a chocolate-centric sweets list, chocolate cocktails & hot chocolate offerings, and a limited list of plated chocolate desserts. On Sunday, January 29th, they will offer a chocolate-centric brunch in addition to the main menu - Brunch is offered 11:30AM-2:30PM.
Parsnip Restaurant & Lounge, 91 Winthrop Street, parsniprestaurant.com, (617) 714-3206
The Charles Square Garage, the Smith Center Garage and the Church Street Lot will all be distributing peppermint patties to all exiting parking patrons during the upcoming chocolate festival.
Charles Square Garage, 1 Bennett Street, Harvardsquareparking.com, (617) 491-0298
Church Street Parking Lot, 41 Church Street, proparkboston.com, (617) 876-0396
Smith Center Garage, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, proparkboston.com, (617) 876-0396
the red house restaurant
the red house restaurant will feature their chocolate menu special throughout the weekend for dinner.
the red house restaurant, 98 Winthrop Street, theredhouse.com, (617) 576-0605
Tatte Bakery & Café
Tatte will be featuring a chocolate cherry coffee beverage at their second floor coffee bad and have delicious flourless chocolate brownies to pair it with!
Tatte Bakery & Café, 1288 Massachusetts Avenue, tattebakery.com, (617) 577-1111
Tom’s BaoBao will be showcasing their latest creation: Chocolate Bao! They will launch the Chocolate Bao on January 27th and run through Valentine’s Day.
Tom’s BaoBao, 84 Winthrop Street, tomsbaobao.com, (617) 945-0067
wagamama will donation $1 for every chocolate cake ordered on January 28th and donations will go to a local food pantry.
wagamama, 57 JFK Street, wagamama.us, (617) 499-0930