Tours & Events

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I love hosting chocolate tasting classes and events. It gives me a chance to share my knowledge and enthusiasm about the world of chocolate and cacao with chocolate lovers.
The Community Classroom at McNally Robinson in Winnipeg (Grant Avenue location) has been home to our chocolate tasting classes and dinners since 2013. The chocolate menu is always changing, so do come back and join us again if you haven’t been to a class for awhile.

This is the page where you can see at a glance where and when I’ll be doing an upcoming talk about writing, volunteerism, or the world of chocolate in a Chocolatour event. To book me for an event, visit this page for more information.

Here is a list of upcoming chocolate pairings and events:

Fondly known as Doreen the Chocolate Queen, I’ve been scouring the world since 2009, during which time I’ve visited 20 countries to research and experience the world of chocolate and cacao. I’m the author of “Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate” volume I, which received a Readers’ Favorite Award in 2014. Publication of the second volume of “Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate Adventures” is expected in 2020.
 
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The October 12, 2018, the sold-out chocolate tasting event at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg was magical and included chocolate from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Cameroon, and more! These classes almost always sell out, so please don’t wait to register. We occasionally have a smaller class as pictured above and they are fun, informative and give everyone a chance to share their thoughts or ask me any question they like.

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  • We held our 4th Wine & Chocolate pairing event at Aaron’s on the Lake B&B in Ponemah, Manitoba, to rave reviews on November 30th. Contact Aaron’s at (204) 223-1690 or via e-mail at aaronsonthelake@gmail.com to get your name on the list for a future event. 
  • We started 2020 off with a chocolate tasting class at McNally Robinson Booksellers on Grant Avenue in Winnipeg on February 21st. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 virus, we have cancelled the April 17th class. God willing, classes will resume in the fall.
  • Call (204) 453-0424 (ext 250) to reserve your spot or for more information on future chocolate classes at McNally Robinson Booksellers or register online via the Community Classroom’s online page at this link.
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chocolatour events include customized chocolate tours

Chocolatour is not just about eating chocolate. It is about engaging in cocoa culture, and experiencing the world of chocolate and cacao through:

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Touring cacao farms is fascinating. It’s really cool to see the cocoa pods ripening on the cacao trees.

  • visits to cocoa farms and plantations;
  • partaking in chocolate events, attractions, and diversions; and
  • meeting some of the world’s finest and most creative chocolate makers and chocolatiers, seeing the places that inspire them, and of course, tasting their delicious chocolate creations.
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This is the setting of the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory where the cocoa is grown and made into chocolate all on the same site.

 

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Enjoying delicacies such as these makes for a truly incredible chocolate journey.

 

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The cocoa-dusted Macadamia nuts from Big Island Candies in Hawaii are one of my favourite chocolate treats.

During chocolate travels with Doreen, we meet small chocolate makers and tour larger factories as well. And we might be treated to a Sacred Cacao Ceremony by a local cacao enthusiast, farmer or chocolate maker who will take us inside the mystical world of cacao.

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We enjoyed the sacred Mayan cacao ceremony at the CHOCO-story museum in Uxmal, Mexico that paid tribute to cacao.

 

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SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier is based in Maryland, USA, and grows their cacao in the Dominican Republic.

I feel very fortunate to be immersed in the world of chocolate travel and very soon, hope to be your host on a fully-customized Chocolatour chocolate tour. Please contact me for details.

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