Family Programs

International Festival of Chocolate

International Festival of Chocolate 
Sunday, February 5 | 11 am - 3 pm 

Don’t miss Bowers Museum’s fourth annual International Festival of Chocolate hosted by LA’s Chocolate Guru, Dr. Lee Scott Theisen. In addition to our regular occurring free family festival, visitors can indulge in chocolate samples from boutique chocolatiers, including Marsatta Chocolate, Sweet Duet Chocolate, Open Road Candy Co., Letterpress Chocolate, Tawdi, Zise Chocolate, and Indonesian Trade Promotion Center Los Angeles. 

Event Schedule 

11 am - 3 pm  Art Project: Chocolate Box
Face Painting
11:30 am -  12:30 pm                                                    "Let's TAlk Chocolate," an introduction to fine chocolate tastings with Dr. Lee Scott Theisen, LA's Choclate Guru. Free tastings samples for first 50 attendees. 
FREE Lecture | Location: Norma Kershaw Auditorium

12 pm

PARATI presents music from the South American chocolate lands.

1 pm


1:30 pm

Marimba Tropical with Lucas Critchfied

2:30 pm Dembrebrah West African Drum and Dance Ensemble


Select ticketed events will accompany this festival, read on for more!

Feb 4: Tasting Cacao Origins from Around the World with Fresco Artisan Chocolate, Learn More

Feb 5: Chocolate and Whiskey Tasting, Learn More

Feb 5: An Introduction to Fine Chocolate Tasting with Dr. Lee Scott Theisen, Learn More

Monthly Free Family Festivals are made possible through a generous grant from by the Nicholas Endowment.
*A recording of the festival will be available for viewing on Facebook and YouTube one week after the event takes place, thanks to a generous grant from Capital Group Companies.
Click here to download the full 2023 Festival Schedule.

Event details

February 5, 2023 11:00 am - 3:00 pm


2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, California 92706
TEL: 714.567.3600

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