The Sweetest event of the year is back and this time around, it’s going to be bigger than ever! Bundle up and fill your cup, because Calgary’s YYC Hot Chocolate fest returns next Tuesday, February 1st!

With over 80 participants city-wide, this event is definitely not one that you’re going to want to miss.

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From cafes and restaurants to convenience stores and bubble tea spots, some of Calgary’s favourite eateries will take part in a month-long drink-making competition in hopes of raising money for Meals On Wheels, a buy one, give one a that provides healthy food for those in need.

So, how does it work?

The name of the game is simple! Each location has been tasked with marketing and selling a uniquely cozy drink that they have created with one of 3 categories in mind; Best Hot Chocolate (customers will vote for their favourite), The Cup That Runneth Over Award (the most popular) and the Most Spirited Hot Chocolate (the best boozy cocoa.)


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Between the 1st and the 28th, all drinks will be sold with $1 to $3 going to the charity and winners will be calculated shortly after, so start your engines and start planning ahead.

Here’s everyone participating this year! 

A – G

  • 8 Cakes
  • A1 Café
  • Alforno
  • Amato Gelato
  • Aroma Café Bar
  • Baya Rica Café
  • Bea’s Café
  • Bike and Brew
  • Black Sheep
  • Brekkie
  • Brunch Bar
  • Bubblemainia Café
  • Buddy’s Bakery
  • Buffo
  • Cacao 70 (Canmore)
  • Café & Mi
  • Café Jindo
  • Caffe Artigiano
  • Caffe Beano
  • Calgary Climbing Centre
  • Calgary Heritage Roasting
  • Canela Vegan Bakery and Café
  • Canyon Meadows Cinemas
  • Community Natural Foods
  • Cornerstone Music Café
  • Cravings Market Restaurant
  • Deane House
  • Element Café Inc
  • Euphoria Café
  • Flower & Wolf
  • Fonda Fora
  • For Goodness Bake
  • Good Trade


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H – N

  • Hexagon Café
  • High Vibe Health
  • Higher Ground
  • Holy Cannoli
  • Il Mondo Cake Shop
  • Inner City Brewing
  • JusFruit
  • Kaffeeklatsch
  • Kosa Health
  • Kristi YYC
  • Ladybug Bakery & Café
  • Lazy Loaf & Kettle
  • Light Cellar
  • Lina’s Italian Market
  • Loophole Coffee Bar
  • Love Sugar & Dough
  • Master Chocolat
  • Maven Restaurant
  • Milano Coffee
  • Monki Bistro
  • Monogram Coffee
  • Neighbour Coffee


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O – Z

  • Odyssey Café (SAIT)
  • Ollia
  • Oolong Tea House
  • Our Daily Brett
  • Pharm Drugstore + More
  • Pixie’s Candy Parlour
  • Pubblico Italian Kitchen
  • Red’s Diner – Kensington
  • Regrub
  • Rosso Coffee
  • Sammie Café
  • Sauce Italian Market
  • Seasons of Bowness
  • Shoe & Canoe
  • Stable Café
  • Starr Distilling Co Ltd
  • Sucre Patisserie and Café
  • T2722 Experience
  • Telus Spark
  • Ten Degrees Chocolate
  • The Bullet Coffee House
  • The Cheesecake Café
  • The Chocolate Lab
  • The Coup
  • The Inn on Officers’ Garden
  • The Nash and Off Cut Bar
  • TotaliTea
  • Velvet Café
  • Vendome
  • Wise & Wright
  • 1600 World Bier Haus
  • 722 World Bier Haus
  • Yann Haute Patisserie

Wowza, you’ve got a lot of places to check out this winter, Calgary. Good Luck, and happy sipping.


When: Tuesday, February 1st – 28th
Instagram: @yychotchocolatefest