As the punishing winter grey skies continue to give Vancouverites the blues be reassured: there is a light on the horizon in the shape of the fourth annual Hot Chocolate festival which launches on January 18 and runs until February 14. With almost two dozen participants and more than 60 varieties on offer there are plenty of varieties to try over the month, plus profits from all festival sales will be donated to The PHS Community Services program for Downtown Eastside women's employment and job skills training programs (as run by East Van Roasters.) So, the more hot chocolate you drink, the more good you can do for the DTES: it's essentially your moral duty to try as many as possible.
Curried hot chocolate, smoky flavours and boozy hot chocolate-inspired cocktail, here is Eater's pick of the most unusual flavours of the festival.
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· Hot Chocolate Festival [Official Site]