2019 marked the 5th year in a row that I have attended the NW Chocolate Festival in Seattle, WA. With each year different trends emerge. This article focuses especially on craft chocolate trends at NW and may or may not be reflective on trends seen elsewhere.
Trend #1: While makers still offer 100% bars I noticed a much greater presence of milk and dark/milk bars this year including an increase in milk chocolate inclusion bars.
Trend#2: For several years various salts have been featured in bars, but this year makers are turning to a range of peppercorns and/or a combo of pepper with salt.
This past weekend marked the 10th year of the NW Chocolate Festival in Seattle, WA and my fourth time to attend. Some years the chocolate trends jump out at you, however, this year I found them to be a bit more subtle. Keep in mind, these trends are related to the show specifically.
Trend #1: The show itself has become more international than ever with more makers joining every year such as Mirzam and Fu Wan, both of which were selling out fast!
The 9th Annual Northwest Chocolate Festival took place this year on Nov. 11 -12th, 2017 in Seattle, WA. This was my third year to attend ( I live in Port Townsend, WA so I drive to the Bainbridge Ferry to get over to Seattle. So grateful to live this close to an event like this!).
The NW Chocolate Festival is a fantastic place to try 100+ craft chocolate makers from both the U.S. and international locations. Plus, there are several educational talks, presentations, and workshops throughout both days. There is something for everyone!
For example, Hazel Lee presented a workshop that involved tasting chocolate while utilizing her lovely Taste with Colour Flavour Map and then the participants painted what colors or pictures they envisioned while savoring the craft chocolate. It was enjoyable to listen to what attendees tasted and the colors the envisioned. Especially people who weren’t overly familiar with craft chocolate flavors. (Want a Taste with Colour for your own? Check it out here: Taste with Colour). I’ve had her flavour map for a few months now and didn’t even know I associated colors with flavors until then. (Find out more about Hazel in my interview with her: Hazel Lee ).
Note: This post was originally posted on 11-15-16 when my blog was on Blogspot.
This past weekend I attended the NW Chocolate Festival in Seattle, WA. Luckily, for me, it’s just a bit over a hours drive, plus a short ferry ride away. (I reside in Port Townsend, WA). With the topic of trends I’m looking at both what I found to be different from last year’s festival, and what is trending in general in the wonderful world of bean to bar chocolate.