2018 Chocolate Fest-February 2, 2018

The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association and the First Friday business participants are excited to present our Fifth Annual Ballston Spa Chocolate Fest on First Friday, February 2nd, from 6 to 9 pm in downtown Ballston Spa.

We are announcing a call for entries for this popular, family friendly event. Our favorite local restaurants, bakeries, as well as the best Chocolate Chefs from across Saratoga County are all welcome to compete in a chance to showcase their talents by preparing small, sample sized chocolate offerings in one, some or all of 3 categories: Sweet Chocolate Desserts, Savory Chocolate Dishes, and Chocolate Beverages.  These chocolate tastes will be judged by a panel, as well as the public in a fan favorite competition.  Visitors will be able to sample the variety chocolate offerings at designated Sweet Spots throughout the Village. Samples are a minimal cost of $1. Winning Chocolate Chefs will be awarded with advertising and a trophy to proudly display in their business.

Chocolate Fest Sponsorship opportunities available HERE.

In addition to Chocolate Fest, there will be a variety of First Friday activities going on in our local businesses, including art gallery openings, live music, artist demonstrations, and special promotions and sales just in time for Valentine’s Day. 

See below for competition rules and  the printable application to participate as a chocolate chef.


For your convenience, we also have an online application and entry fee payment option. Deadline for inclusion in Promotional Material is January 15, 2018.

Chocolate Fest Chef Application

    Please check the competition category or categories you wish to enter. $15 entry fee per category entered.
  • By completing and submitting this form, Applicant assumes all risk for any loss, damage, or injury to himself/herself or his/her property by agreeing to participate in the Ballston Spa Chocolate Fest on February 2, 2018. The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA) and participating businesses shall in no way be liable for any damage to property or personal injury to any applicant or persons employed by applicants or persons authorized to participate in the Festival events. The First Friday Committee of the BSBPA will assign independent Chocolate Chefs to participating businesses within the downtown business district. Once an independent chef is assigned to a business both parties will be given appropriate contact information for scheduling and participation purposes. All Chocolate Chefs, including participating restaurants, must have their tastings prepared and present by 4:45pm for the Judges Tasting, which will begin at 5:00pm. The First Friday Committee of the BSBPA reserves the right to remove, without refund of any portion of the entrance fee, any participant who is disruptive, unprofessional, or offering unapproved items for tasting. Determinations under this provision will be made by authorized First Friday Committee/BSBPA personnel. Applicant agrees that all photos submitted with his/her application or taken during the Festival may be reproduced for publicity purposes as The BSBPA determines. The Applicant hereby releases The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association and their member businesses participating in Chocolate Fest, both as business entities and individually, and their successors, assigns, officers, employees and agents from all claims, demands, actions, or causes of action that the Applicant may acquire against the Ballston Spa Chocolate Fest arising out of or in any way connected with the Applicant’s participation.
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4 Responses to “2018 Chocolate Fest-February 2, 2018”

  1. Thomas

    Can you tell me the address that’s the same day as my wifes birthday and would like to surprise her

    • Ellen Mottola

      Hi Thomas,

      The “Sweet Spots” will be participating businesses in the downtown Ballston Spa business district, mostly on Front Street, Milton Avenue and Washington Street. Visitors stop at each location for their $1 tastings. We’ll have the participating venues up in the near future so check back here and on our Facebook page!


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