Tours & Events

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The chocolate and wine pairing we had at Aaron's was fantastic!
The chocolate and wine pairing we had at Aaron's was fantastic, partly due to the warmth of the hosts and the great venue.

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

Here is a list of upcoming chocolate pairings and events:

Doreen Pendgracs (AKA Doreen the Chocolate Queen) has been scouring the world since 2009, during which time she has visited (nearly) 20 countries to research and enjoy the world of chocolate and cacao. Doreen is author of “Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate” volume I, which received a Readers’ Favorite Award in 2014. Doreen is expecting publication of the second volume of “Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate Adventures” in late 2019.
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The October 12, 2018 chocolate tasting event at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg was magical and included chocolate from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Cameroon, and more! These classes always sell out, so please don’t wait to register.

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  • The second sold-out Wine & Chocolate pairing event at Aaron’s on the Lake B&B in Ponemah, Manitoba, took place on Friday, June 14, 2019. We are planning a third event for a future date. Contact Aaron’s at (204) 223-1690 or via e-mail at aaronsonthelake@gmail.com to get on the list for this.
  • Following the summer, we’ll resume chocolate tasting classes at McNally Robinson Booksellers on Grant Avenue in Winnipeg with the Sept 13th class being in celebration of International Chocolate Day. Join us for a taste of the world of chocolate. I’m sure I’ll have something special in store for you. Call (204) 453-0424 (ext 250) to reserve your spot or for more information on any of these classes or register online via the Community Classroom’s online page at this link.
  • We’ll finish off 2019 with our holiday season Chocolate Tasting at McNally Robinson on Friday, December 6th from 7-9 pm.
  • We’ll start 2020 off with a chocolate tasting class on February 21st (this will make a terrific Valentine’s gift for yourself or anyone you know), and then have a class following Easter on April 17th. I’ll try and keep the menu for each class unique and exciting.
  • Call (204) 453-0424 (ext 250) to reserve your spot or for more information on any of these 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

Breaking News! Doreen will be leading a small group of chocolate lovers to Costa Rica, January 11-19, 2020. We now have my page up for the Chocolatour to Costa Rica via Go Ahead Tours. There is an early booking bonus until June 24th, so don’t wait to reserve your spot on this amazing customized Chocolatour to one of the world’s best chocolate destinations.

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.

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I feel very fortunate to be immersed in the world of chocolate travel and very soon, hope to be your host on an amazing customized Chocolatour chocolate tour. Click on this link for more information about the January, 2020, trip to Costa Rica we are offering. It is sure to be amazing and will offer great insight into the world of Costa Rican chocolate and cacao. And maybe … we’ll have a chocolate spa treatment together at the Pure Jungle Spa! Why let me have all the fun? 🙂

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