What to expect: ice cream sundae-eating contests (both kids and adults), chef demos from Kara's Cupcakes, American Cupcake, Scott Broccoli of The Pub (he's got a BBQ chocolate dish planned), and Marché in Menlo Park. For those seeking deeper chocolate understanding, Steve Genzoli from the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company will deliver a talk called "From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Bar." Live music by Dave Costa and the Magnolia Jazz Band, and rounding out the bill, a special chocolate tea menu at neighboring Crown and Crumpet Tea Salon.
Fifteenth Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival
When: Sat.-Sun., Sept. 11-12, noon-5 p.m.
Where: Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point (at Polk)
Cost: Free to enter; a $20 ticket nabs you 15 samples
Tickets: Online from Eventbrite; for Crown and Crumpet reservations, call 771-4252