Indulgent and irresistible, the 2nd Annual Old Sacramento Chocolate Week returns to the historic district next week.
Taking place May 2-8 and coordinated by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership (DSP) with the support of involved businesses, chocolate lovers of all ages are invited to visit Old Sacramento to experience a variety of delicious and delectable chocolate-related activities throughout the week.
Indeed one of life’s sweetest pleasures, chocolate offerings and events will give you the chance to enjoy the sweet treat in oh-so-many ways – cooked in brandy-cherry cocoa bites, mixed into Godiva Chocolate martinis or drizzled over rich and delicious mud pie.
Here are some of the week’s chocolate-themed highlights:
Monday, May 2 from 7-9 p.m. Choc-la-trivia
Did you know that Mexican chocolate often has a reddish tint due to cinnamon traces and chili peppers mixed in for flavor? Or, that there are three chocolate shops in Old Sacramento (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Sacramento Sweets, and Turtles)? Test your chocolate-y knowledge during a fun and free Monday Night Trivia activity at Fat City Bar & Cafe (1001 Front Street) with a chance to win great prizes, too! Advance registration is not necessary but trivia participants should be ready to start at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 3 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.): Chocolate Day at the Museums
Plan a visit to Old Sacramento’s most popular tourist destinations as they get into the chocolate-y spirit. Both the California State Railroad Museum (111 I Street) and Sacramento History Museum (101 I Street) will provide visitors with a free chocolate treat when they stop by to find out more about the Big Day of Giving happening that same day.
Wednesday, May 4 (5 to 7 p.m.): Chocolate Pairing Night
Chocolate paired with wine and brews sounds like the perfect weekday break. Guests can take their pick of chocolate and brews at Ten22 (1022 2nd Street) or chocolate and wine tasting at Rio City Café (1110 Front Street) – or be adventurous and head to both! Ten22’s talented culinary team will present a beer and chocolate pairing featuring two beer tastings paired with a delicious Marshmallow-Chocolate Bar. Rio City Cafe will prepare a delicious Chocolate Trio to delight the palate where guests enjoy a Mini Tart of Milk Chocolate and Grand Marnier paired with Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc, a Mini Pot de Crème paired with St. Sophia Zinfandel, and a Mini Chocolate Terrine Cake with raspberry mascarpone paired with Fonseca Port. Tickets are available online (for guests ages 21 and over only) for $10 per person at Ten 22 and $15 per person at Rio City Café.
Thursday, May 5 (5 p.m. to Closing): Chocolate Bar Hop
Here’s a triple chocolate-ty treat: a chocolate themed bar hop at three of Old Sacramento’s finest establishments. River City Saloon (916 2nd Street) will feature a chocolate porter; Laughs Unlimited (1207 Front Street) will have a chocolate and port wine Happy Hour Special; and Sports Corner Cafe (1030 2nd Street) will have an Avion Tequila Espresso Chocolate Martini.
Friday, May 6 (noon to 1 p.m.): Parent/Child Cupcake Decorating
A little sugar is a perfect way to sweeten quality time with parents and kids. Plan a stop at Ana Apple (114 K Street) to create custom cupcakes using frosting, candy, fresh fruit, and more. All materials are provided and kids will leave with a plate of four cupcakes at the end of the session to devour or share. This hands-on activity is recommended for kids ages 3 or over. Aprons will be provided but children should be dressed in clothing that can withstand a bit of frosting fun. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online.
Friday, May 6 (4 to 7 p.m.): 8-Stop Choc-la-tour
Friday afternoon is the perfect time to go on a self-guided “Choc-la-tour” to sample, sip, and savor some delicious (and even surprising!) chocolate edibles. This sell-out event provides guests a chance to stroll and taste their way through the historic district while making stops at participating Old Sacramento merchants to enjoy the following:
- Danny’s Mini Donuts (900 2nd) – Fresh and warm mini donut drizzled with chocolate sauce
- Heavenly Brew Espresso (904 2nd) – Choice of chocolate or white chocolate mocha
- Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (1039 2nd) – Chocolate trio: chocolate covered pretzel, graham cracker, and Oreo cookie
- Sacramento Sweets Co. (1035 Front) – Milk chocolate salted toffee
- Sam’s Cafe (910 2nd) – Chocolate ice cream scoop
- Spud Shack (906 2nd) – Chocolate covered banana
- Steamers Bakery & Cafe (101 K) – Gourmet mini chocolate chip cookie
- Ten22 (1022 2nd) – Brandy-cherry cocoa bites
- Turtles (1017 2nd) – House-made chocolate turtle
Featured items are subject to change. Tickets are $15 per person (all ages are welcome) and can be purchased online in advance. Tickets can be redeemed between 3 – 6:30 p.m. at 1124 2nd Street. Guests can wander at their own pace between 4 – 7 p.m. sampling each chocolate treat at their leisure.
Saturday, May 7 (all day): History of Chocolate Lessons and Word Games
Old Sacramento visitors are encouraged to learn more about the history of chocolate and how the tasty treat played a role in Sacramento’s early history. For instance, did you know chocolate was one of the supply items John Sutter sent along to rescue the Donner Party? Plus, kids of all ages will enjoy testing their chocolate knowledge with a fun word search or crossword puzzle, all free and happening at the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum (1200 Front Street) on Saturday.
Saturday, May 7 (10 a.m. to noon): Chocolate Turtle Demonstration
Plan a stop at Turtles (1017 2nd Street) chocolate shop to watch a fun and free demonstration by one of Old Sacramento’s chocolatiers as they create their namesake treat. While there, guests are encouraged to browse a delightful collection of sweets, cookie jars, lunch boxes, vintage decorations, and more.
Saturday, May 7 (noon to 4 p.m.): Mother’s Pampering Event
Both mothers and moms-to-be are invited to enjoy an afternoon of pampering at Ana Apple (114 K Street). Each participant will receive a batch of gourmet sweets and also indulge in a relaxing chair massage, a beauty bar, or mini-photo session. Moms will also enjoy refreshments, raffle prizes, and shopping specials all day, including a few surprises!
Saturday, May 7 (4 to 5 p.m.): Tango and Chocolate
Sample some delicious treats while you learn how to tango in this introductory class offered by Tango By the River (128 J Street). Grab a partner or come on your own and learn the fundamentals of Argentine Tango and moving with a partner in simple steps. The class is timed perfectly so you can spend the afternoon mastering a new skill before stopping into one of our restaurants for dinner and a chocolate dessert! Tickets are $8.50 per person and can be purchased online.
Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8 (2 to 3 p.m.): Parent/Child Cupcake Decorating
Sweeten Mother’s Day with a special activity at Ana Apple (114 K Street) where moms and kids can create custom cupcakes using frosting, candy, fresh fruit, and more. All materials are provided and kids will leave with a plate of four cupcakes at the end of the session to share with mom. This hands-on activity is recommended for kids ages 3 or over. Aprons will be provided but children should be dressed in clothing that can withstand a bit of frosting. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online.
For more details and a complete list of activities, specials and featured items, visit www.oldsacramento.com.