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Chocolate Drink

life is short, drink
the chocolate.

running all february long!

Discover Downtown Peterborough's most delightful cocoa treats from classic hot bevvies to hot chocolate inspired desserts!

For the month of February, join us on our humble quest to discover the most fantastical Hot Chocolate in downtown Peterborough!

Featuring 19 over-the-top hot chocolate creations hand crafted by downtown chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes, and restaurants. 

Plan your cocoa adventure with our online Hot Chocolate Trail Map to scout your favourite spots for dine-in or take-out. 


Host a cocoa crawl with a group of friends or sip solo- the choice is yours;)

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vote for your top chocolatier

Help put your favourite Hot Chocolatier on the map.


Vote for your top Hot Chocolate and sleep well knowing you helped make downtown PTBO a little sweeter.

For the month of February, Chocolatiers will each be competing for local votes to earn the glorious honour of having made PTBO's best Hot Chocolate. By the end of February only one Chocolatier will reign supreme.


hot chocolate rewards

Join our Hot Chocolate Fest Rewards program- an app where we treat you to sweet deals and giveaways just for supporting our downtown Hot Chocolatiers!


Collect "digital stamps" from any of our 19 participating Ptbo Hot Chocolate Festival restaurants and cafes. Collect 3 stamps and you'll be automatically entered in a weekly prize draw for a $25.00 Boro gift card.


Festival goers can also use this rewards app to access sweet deals and exclusive discounts!


Complete your rewards passport as many times as you wish.


 CLASSIC Cocoa Lovers

Classic hot chocolate ramped up a notch


UNIQUE & Imaginative
Hot Chocolates

Take a walk on the wild side  ;)


Hot chocolate with a kick! (Must be 19+)


Our sweet
adventures ONLINE!



In the end, it was one of the newest downtown restaurants that stole the heart and sweet tooth of festivalgoers. Agave by Imperial’s Hot Churro-late claimed first place as last year's Top Chocolatier with their thick and creamy authentic Mexican hot chocolate.


Second favourite in 2023 was a charming Bubble Pudding Chocolate made by Milk + Tea, followed by SpeakEasy’s Breakfast of Chocolate.


“We are so grateful to have won Top Hot Chocolatier with our authentic Mexican entry. Chef Pablo Olvera and I worked on the recipe together, and we are really proud of the recipe. In Mexico hot chocolate is part of our culture, it's part of our everyday life. We love that this festival allowed us to bring a bit of Mexico to Peterborough,” says Jennifer Gutierrez, Chef at Agave by Imperial.  


As the first annual winner Agave received a Hot Chocolate themed trophy, and of course bragging rights for the year.

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Hot Chocolate Fest Acknowledges the LAND

The Peterborough Hot Chocolate Fest respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the treaty and traditional territory of the Michi Saagig Anishnaabeg.

We offer our gratitude to the First Peoples who have been caretakers and inhabitants of the land since time immemorial.

Peterborough Hot Chocolate Fest respects the sovereignty of First Nations and acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity.



The Peterborough Hot Chocolate Fest was created to brighten up the downtown with the help of an iconic winter drink everyone loves- hot chocolate.


Peterborough Hot Chocolate Fest is delivered in partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement Area and The Boro with Shorelines Casino providing funding support as sponsor. 


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