Saturday: Taste-Testing at the 13th Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival

The 13th Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival

Taste-Test Pavilions; Beach Street

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Notes and Photos by Janine Kahn

Better than: Being neck-and-neck with hippies watching Ziggy Marley at Golden Gate Park.

Saturday afternoon was blistering but beautiful as we hopped on the 47 and made our way to Ghirardelli Square for this year's much-publicized chocolate festival. Most of the action was taking place on Beach Street, so we wandered down to will call and picked up a pair of tasting cards ($10 entitled you to 6 tastings, and $20 got you 15 – we snapped up the former and had a grand 12 tastings between us).

O'Neill's Irish Pub won the first mark on my card with a smooth cup of Irish Coffee, and the nice ladies from Guinness handed us freebie bottle openers (which would become handy come Sunday). The second mark went to dark chocolate almond Laceys from Desserts On Us, which melted marvelously on our lips and all over your humble reporter's hands, making it tricky to take notes during the Earthquake Ice Cream Eating Contest, which you can read about here. Photos of the aforementioned treats and the rest of our tastings of choice under the fold…

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