Pike ChocoFest This Weekend to Feature Chocolate, Beer, Cider and More

February 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Beer & Food, Washington Breweries

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, chances are you might already have chocolate on the mind (Although, some of us always have chocolate on the mind). Pike Brewing Company is here to help you get your chocolate fix. The brewery will hold their 4th Annual Pike ChocoFest at the Pike Pub & Brewery from 6pm to 9pm this Sunday, February 12, with the stated goal “to expose food lovers to the natural harmony of chocolate and beer.” There will be at least fifty-nine product reps on hand sampling beer, wine, spirits, mead, and cider, to pair with chocolate, food, and cheese from local businesses. The cost of the event is $30, with proceeds going to benefit FareStart, a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals.

Local breweries will be on hand, as well as a few choice imports, and some will be bringing their own versions of beer made with chocolate. Pike will be pouring a XXXX Cocoa Cherry Porter brewed just for the occasion on their new pilot brewing system.

Just a few of the participating businesses include Fran’s Chocolates, Theo Chocolate, Lazy Boy Brewing, Fremont Brewing, Finn River Cidery, Naked City Brewery, Woodinville Whiskey Co., Mistral Kitchen, and Macrina Bakery.

More info from Pike:

FOREPLAY BEFORE THE BIG DAY: On February 12, 2012 Pike again gathers together top producers of beer, wine, spirits, and mead, along with select local restaurants and specialty food producers, to make ChocoFest 2012 the best ever. We will feature local producers, and for the sake of comparison, represent some of the best imported, too. This year we will open up thebrewery, one floor below the Pike Pub, in order to accommodate greater numbers of enthusiasts.
BENEFIT FOR FARESTART: Proceeds from the event will benefit FareStart, a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. Over the past 19 years, FareStart has provided opportunities for nearly 5,000 people to transform their lives, while also serving over 4.5 million meals to disadvantaged men, women, and children.
CHOCOBREW FEST: We are inviting local breweries to brew and serve their own versions of beer made with chocolate.Pike will offer XXXX Cocoa Cherry Porter, specially brewed for the occasion in our new pilot brewery.
WINE, SPIRITS, MEAD, CIDER, RESTAURANTS, BAKERS, and CHEESE MAKERS: We have invited more wineries, distilleries, and cider makers, and even a meadery, along with restaurants, bakers and artisan cheese makers, in order to make 2012 Chocofest the best ever.


A SWEET HISTORY: Our goal from the beginning has been to expose food lovers to the natural harmony of chocolate and beer. Many people are unaware of this exquisite combination, and there’s no better time to expose them to it than around Valentine’s Day. Wine marketers first promoted chocolate and wine many years ago, so there is often moreawareness of this pairing. Spirits, too, marry beautifully with chocolate, but until recently, we had but a few local spirit producers. With a substantial local chocolate culture and an abundance of great breweries, wineries, distilleries, and even a meadery, in 2008 we decided to have a festival. Pike ChocoFest was born and it was a hit from the very beginning.

Each year ChocoFest has had more participants, more guests, and has been more fun. The first year ChocoFest occupied only the two levels of our Museum Room, and in years two and three, in an effort to accommodate more guests and create better traffic flow, we added the Naughty Nellie Room, as well as our IPA level, to the event floor plan. This year

we are including the Pike Brewery.

Pike ChocoFest is a great way to enjoy a romantic, delicious, and sensuous evening at Pike, and feel good about it! Plus some participating vendors will have products available for sale if you’re looking for the perfect valentine gift.
Cost: $30, with proceeds benefiting FareStart

For reservations and information: Tara (206) 812-6604 | tshuttleworth@pikebrewing.com

Click here to see some of our confirmed vendors .


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