Calling All Chocolate Lovers … Sample and Savor the Third Annual Old Sacramento Chocolate Week, May 8-14, 2017
Sweet, satisfying and sinfully smooth. Get ready to enjoy chocolate in oh-so-many ways – drizzled on fresh and warm mini donuts, made into spicy cayenne cocoa bites or even dripping in dark chocolate balsamic vinegar – during the third annual Old Sacramento Chocolate Week, May 8-14. Coordinated by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership with support by involved merchants and businesses, chocolate lovers of all ages are invited to visit Old Sacramento to experience a variety of delicious and delectable chocolate-related activities throughout the historic district all week long. For more details and a complete list of activities, specials and featured items, see our schedule below.
Check back frequently for updates, more events, and specials!
CHOCOLATE SCAVENGER HUNT
Monday, May 8, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Explore the historic district by solving clues that will lead you through some of Old Sacramento’s most iconic buildings. Make it to the end of the Scavenger hunt and your reward will be chocolate-y and sweet. Pick up your map and first clue at the Visitor’s Center. The Hunt is self-guided and untimed. Limited to 125 hunters – get your map early!
Monday, May 8, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Fat City Bar & Cafe, 1001 Front St
Test your chocolate-y knowledge when Fat City’s fun and free weekly trivia night goes sweet to kick off Chocolate Week.
TANGO & CHOCOLATE
Monday, May 8, 6:30pm-8:45pm
Tango by the River, 128 J St
Sample some delicious treats while you learn how to tango in this introductory class. Grab a partner or come on your own and learn the fundamentals of Argentine Tango and moving with a partner in simple steps. There will be two one-hour classes: one at 6:30 PM and one at 7:45 PM. Tickets are just $8.50 -RSVP and purchase tickets here.
CHOCOLATE MUSEUM DAY
Tuesday, May 9, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Schoolhouse Museum, 101 I St
Celebrate chocolate with the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum as they turn chocolate-y for the day. There will be chocolate treats that you won’t want to miss as you learn about education in Sacramento’s early days.
CHOCOLATE ARCADE NIGHT
Tuesday, May 9, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
The Old Fashioned Candy & Confectionary 1107 Front Street
Enjoy delicious chocolate while playing classic arcade games like Pacman for free on Tuesday evening.
CHOCOLATE AND PAINT NIGHT
Tuesday, May 9, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Graciano’s Pizza & Speakeasy
Looking for a perfect date night, girls time, or just a relaxing evening out? Enjoy complementary cannolis as artist Takia Meacham of Pop, Pour & Paint guides you through a painting class. Food and drink available for purchase. Buy your Chocolate and Paint Night tickets here.
Wednesday, May 10, 5:30pm – 7:00 pm
Visit some of the District’s best boutiques and enjoy complimentary champagne, wine and chocolate while you shop. Participating stores include:
-Visions of Eden
Dog owners! Head to Old Sacramento’s dog boutique, Dog Gone Licious, for Puppy Hour! Enjoy champagne and chocolate for you and some specially created for your best friend!
CHOCOLATE PAIRING NIGHT
Wednesday, May 10, 5:00pm – 7:00 pm
Sactown Sports Bar, and Rio City Cafe, 1110 Front St
Chocolate paired with wine and brews sounds like the perfect weeknight break. Some of Sacramento’s best local chefs created the perfect pairing for this one-night, exclusive event!
At Rio City Cafe, enjoy:
– White chocolate chambord mousse in a chocolate cup with Rodney Strong Chardonnay
– Mini chocolate cake with berry filling with Rodney Strong Pinot Noir
– Cognace Truffle with Fonseca Port
Sactown Sports Bar coming soon!
Tickets (ages 21+) for Rio City Cafe can be purchased here.
Thursday, May 11, All Day
Willie’s Burger Joint
Enjoy a complimentary chocolate drizzled beignet with the purchase of any meal at Willie’s Burgers, home of the Hammer burger!
Thursday, May 11, 5:00pm – Closing
Come out on Thirsty Thursday and try Choc-tails at these participating locations:
-Rio City Cafe: Mint Chocolate Chip Martini
-Ten22: Chocolate Lab
-Firehouse Restaurant: Cocoa No.3
-Fat City Cafe: Chocolate Martini
-Graciano’s Deep Dish Pizza and Speakeasy: The Turtle Cocktail
-Sports Corner Cafe: Chocolate Mint Martini
-Luis Jr.’s: Chocolate Margarita
Friday, May 12, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday afternoon is a perfect time to go on a twelve-stop self-guided “Choc-la-tour” to discover, taste and savor some delicious (and even surprising!) chocolate edibles. This sell-out event gives you a chance to stroll and sample your way through the district making stops at participating merchants. Tickets are just $15 per person (all ages) and can be purchased online here.
Tickets can be redeemed between 3:00pm – 6:30pm at 2nd and K Street in Front of Sports Corner Cafe, and then guests can wander at their own pace between 4:00pm – 7:00pm sampling each treat!
Participating shops and stores include:
Danny’s Mini Donuts: Chocolate Tart
The Old Fashioned Candy and Confectionary: Mexican Chocolate
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: Chocolate Dipped Oreo, Pretzel, and Graham Cracker
Sacramento Sweets Co: English Toffee
Sam’s Cafe: Chocolate Ice-Cream
Spud Shack: Chocolate Covered Banana
Steamers Bakery & Cafe: Choc-o-Lot Brownies
Chef’s Olive Mix: Cheesecake and Dark Chocolate Balsamic
Turtles: Chocolate Turtle
Willie’s Burger Joint: Chocolate Drizzled Beignet
HISTORY OF CHOCOLATE LESSONS AND WORD GAMES
Saturday, May 7, all day
Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum, 1200 Front St
Learn more about the history of chocolate and how the tasty treat played a role in Sacramento’s early history as well. Plus, kids of all ages will enjoy testing their chocolate-y knowledge with a fun word search or crossword puzzle.
CHOCOLATE TURTLE DEMONSTRATION
Saturday, May 13, 10:00am- 12:00pm
Turtles, 1017 2nd St
Stop in and see how one of Old Sacramento’s resident chocolatiers makes their namesake treat and browse a delightful collection of sweets, cookie jars, lunch boxes and vintage decorations.
CHOCOLATE BAKE-OFF COMPETITION
Saturday, May 13, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Are you the baker of the family? Does icing a cake turn into an art project in your kitchen? Enter our Chocolate Bake-Off! Buy your entry ticket here, then bring your creation to the Fratt Building on Saturday at noon to put on display. Well known Sacramento Foodies will judge the dishes at 4 PM.
We encourage the public to join us throughout the day and judge the entries for free based on how good they look. Awards given out will be Best of Show and People’s Choice. Then join us at 4 PM for Live commentary as the judges sample and determine the winner.
Enter to participate in the Chocolate Bake-Off here!
Prizes include: Dinner for two in Old Sacramento, tickets to a Rivercats game, shopping sprees, chocolate goodies, and more!
After the winners are announced, spectators can enjoy sampling the chocolate entries while supplies last.