From February 17 to the 26 join us on our humble quest to discover the most fantastical Hot Chocolate in downtown Peterborough
Featuring 15 over-the-top hot chocolate creations hand crafted by downtown chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes, and restaurants.
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 10 days, 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.
Cozy Up with Us
Discover Peterborough's most delightful cocoa treats from classic hot bevy to hot chocolate inspired deserts! This festival will surely please your sweet tooth.
Plan your cocoa adventure with our online Hot Chocolate 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;)
Classic hot chocolate ramped up a notch
Imaginative Hot Chocolates
Take a walk on the wild side
Hot chocolate with a kick (must be 19 plus)
The first annual Ptbo Hot Chocolate Fest featured 15 over-the-top hot chocolate creations, hand crafted by downtown: chocolatiers, bakeries, cafes, and restaurants. Cocoa creations were available to the public for both dine-in and takeout.
Over the course of our 10-day festival the community rallied in support of the competition casting well over 1k votes to determine the Boro's 1st ever Top Chocolatier.
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 Top Chocolatier with their thick and creamy authentic Mexican hot 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 this year’s winner, Agave will receive a Hot Chocolate themed trophy, and of course bragging rights for the year.
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.