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San Diego Maritime Museum Chocolate on the Bay Chocolate Festival
Date and Time: April 29, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: 1492 N. Harbor Drive (map)
Age Restriction: All ages welcome
Ticket Cost: $13 for children and $25 for adults

If you’ve never visited the Maritime Museum of San Diego, the last Sunday in April is the perfect day to plan your first visit. Even if you’ve been here many times before, there’s plenty of reason to make a trip back. After all, that Sunday will be their 7th Annual Chocolate on the Bay Chocolate Festival!

The combination of a Maritime Museum and a chocolate festival may seem strange at first, until you realize that all chocolate in California was at one time brought here on boats. There is a definite overlap between seafaring history and the development of the chocolate-loving culture here in the United States. You can learn all about that history while enjoying some incredible samples of chocolate treats and dishes at this festival.

Delicious Treats and Fascinating Facts Abound

While San Diego is home to many special events and festivals, it is rare that an event offers a perfect cross-section of both educational opportunities and sweet treats.

That clever pairing, as well as the beautiful setting of the Maritime Museum, make this one annual event you don’t want to miss. There will be dozens of vendors showcasing incredible chocolate treats. There will also be cooking demonstrations, wine and beer pairings with delicious chocolates for adult attendees and even a scavenger hunt, which is sure to thrill younger people attending. There will also be dance performances from the Maritime Dancers aboard the ship the Berkeley at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m., which will provide exciting live entertainment while you sip and munch.

There will be demonstrations of clever kitchen tricks for cooking with chocolates that start at noon. You can also build your own chocolate pizza. There are surely going to be some samples that appeal to your sweet tooth, but supplies will be limited. Earlier arrivals will likely get the best selection of sweets.

Tickets Are on Sale Now, and Members Get in for Cheap!

For those who are already members of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, entry to the Museum is free. They only need to pay $5 for a sample card. However, they cannot use their guest passes to get a friend in for free during the Chocolate Festival.

Non-member adults can gain entry, including samples, and beer and wine pairings, for just $25 per person. Children ages 3 to 12 can get in for $13. Children ages 2 and under are free, but they do not receive sample cards. You can buy your tickets online now to ensure entry to this fun festival.