Last October I travelled to Amsterdam for the Origins Chocolate event, partly as an excuse to visit a dear, equally chocolate-obsessed friend who lives in The Hague. I was so impressed with the day that I made plans to come back this March for the festival organised by the same people (the lovely Caroline Lubbers and Jack Steijn, amongst others). The Origins event was a day packed with talks and tastings with a few stands in the central area (including some fantastic savoury chocolate food). This festival was targeting a broader audience with more stands and fewer tastings. I joined just one: a wine and chocolate pairing with a selection of South African wines and ports and chocolate mostly from Original Beans range of ethically and environmentally-supportive bean to bar chocolate.
I found a fascinating new bean to bar producer: Tres Hombres, as well as some of my favourites and a selection of fabulous “confisseurs” (those who make chocolates from chocolate – or “couverture” – produced by others). It was a gorgeously sunny day in Amsterdam so I also had the chance to check my bags and coat and pound the pavement to find other chocolate delights. If you were planning a visit to Amsterdam anyway (and it’s a beautiful city, why wouldn’t you?) I recommend arranging it for a weekend coinciding with one of these excellent chocolate events. Keep an eye on http://www.chocoa.nl/en/ for full details and future dates.
And now, the pictures: