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      September 8, 2018

      Saturday  12:00 PM

      900 North Point Street
      San Francisco, California 94109

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      23rd Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival

      Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is excited to announce the 23rd Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival held at Ghirardelli Square benefiting the nonprofit Project Open Hand. Join us September 8th and 9th from 12pm-5pm to experience Chocolate School, Live Culinary Demonstrations, Chocolate Tastings and the popular Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge! The festival highlights a tantalizing array of chocolate-themed events and activities. Beach Street vendors sample their favorite chocolate delicacies. Dessert demonstrations are held by local celebrity chefs, and a Ghirardelli Chocolate Master teaches “Chocolate School” at the Culinary Stage. The highly sought after Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge hosts gourmet treats, premium wine, beer, spirits and live music. It is not to be missed! There is something for everyone, and plenty to take home as souvenirs to remember the day. This will be a rain or shine event. Ghirardelli Culinary Stage Schedule Visit back for more information! SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 12:30 PM       Chef Demo TBD 1:30 PM         Steve Genzoli presents Ghirardelli Chocolate School 2:30 PM         Chef Demo TBD 4:00 PM         Chef Demo TBD SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 12:30 PM       Chef Demo TBD 1:30 PM         Steve Genzoli presents Ghirardelli Chocolate School 2:30 PM        Chef Demo TBD 4:00 PM        Chef Demo TBD Can’t attend the Chocolate Festival? Donate to Project Open Hand directly! All profits from the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival are donated to Project Open Hand, a San Francisco based non-profit that provides healthy meals, nutrition counseling and a sense of belonging to those in need in our communities. Project Open Hand has been a life line for over 32 years to those living with HIV/AIDS, senior citizens and the homebound critically ill. The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company has raised more than $1,000,000 for this cause over the past twenty-seven years. Since each hot meal costs approximately $2.00 to produce, with your help we have provided 500,000 nourishing meals for those in our communities. Find out more about Project Open Hand at OpenHand.org.   FAQs How do the tasting tickets work? A Chocolate Tasting Ticket is good for 15 tasting samples from the sampling vendors along Beach St. and the Fountain Plaza. Valid all weekend, Chocolate Tasting Tickets are $30 online* and will be $35 at the door. Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge features wineries, breweries, spirits and gourmet desserts! A Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge Ticket includes a Chocolate Tasting Ticket and is good for 27 total samples - 12 tasting samples in the Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge, and 15 tasting samples from the sampling vendors along Beach St. and the Fountain Plaza. Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge Tickets are valid for one day only, either Saturday OR Sunday. SATURDAY Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge Tickets are discounted to $55 when purchased online*, and $60 at the door. SUNDAY Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge tickets are discounted to $45 when purchased online*, and $50 at the door. Cacao Lovers Four Pack is fantastic for a group! (4) Chocolate Tasting Tickets, this will include (4) Tasting Tickets for four of your friends or family. Each person will receive 15 tasting samples from the sampling vendors along Beach Street and the Fountain Plaza. Online purchases of the Cacao Lovers Four Pack will be $105.* The Cacao Lovers Four Pack will be $120 at the door.  Attendees must present a tasting ticket to the sampling vendor in order to redeem a tasting sample. Please print out your Eventbrite ticket voucher and proceed to the ticket booth (at the corner of Beach St. and Larkin St.) to check-in.  *Eventbrite charges a processing fee for all tickets purchased online. I bought my tickets online. Now what? After buying tickets online, a confirmation email will be sent to the purchaser with ticket voucher(s) attached. Once at the event, present the ticket voucher(s) at the ticket booth to exchange for tasting ticket(s). Are tickets required for children? We recommend young children share a Chocolate Tasting Ticket (15 chocolate tastings) with their parent/guardian. Keep in mind that guests in our Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge must be aged 21 or older. I bought tickets but can no longer attend. Can I get a refund? We are unable to grant refunds as the event is 100% in benefit of local nonprofit, Project Open Hand. However, printed ticket vouchers are transferrable. Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? Guests who purchase tickets to the Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge must present ID to verify age. All guests in our Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge must be 21 or older. Children will not be allowed to accompany parents/guardians. Is my online ticket voucher transferrable? Yes, ticket vouchers can be transferred. Keep in mind that guests in our Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge must be aged 21 or older. Is there an entry or admission fee? The event itself is free to attend, meaning all are welcome to visit Ghirardelli Square, take in the beautiful views of the Bay and enjoy the chef demonstrations at the Ghirardelli Culinary Stage. Chocolate Tasting Tickets are required in order to sample from the vendors on-site. Are pets welcome? Yes! Pets on leashes are welcome throughout the event, but due to capacity limitations are not allowed in the Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge. What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Parking is limited throughout San Francisco. Carpooling, public transportation, and ride share is highly encouraged. If driving to the event, there is a parking garage at Ghirardelli Square as well as others in the vicinity.  Can I purchase my ticket at the door? Tickets can be purchased at the door. However, ticket sales will close between 3:30-5:00 PM the day of the event. This may change due to capacity limits and is at the Festival organizers' discretion. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance. What arrival time is recommended to get the full experience of the Chocolate Festival and use of the Tasting Ticket?  We recommend arriving no later than 2:00 PM to assure enough time to use the entire tasting ticket. Chocolate Tasting tickets are valid all weekend. The Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge tickets are valid for one day only, either Saturday OR Sunday.  When do they stop pouring at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge? Are minors permitted in the Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge?  In compliance with San Francisco regulations, all alcohol vendors must stop pouring 30 minutes before the end of the event. Must be 21 or older with a ticket to enter the Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge. Guests under 21 years of age are not permitted in the Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge. Ghirardelli Chocolate Lounge tickets CANNOT be shared.

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