2019 Chocolate Fest Participation Information and Chef Application

What is Chocolate Fest?
As part of our monthly First Friday Events, we will continue to present our February family fun event – the Ballston Spa Chocolate Festival. Area restaurants, bakeries, and chefs are all welcome to compete in a chance to showcase their talents and tastes by preparing small sample sized chocolate offerings to be judged by a panel as well as fan favorite recognition. Each visitor pays $1 for the sample and will vote on their favorites in 3 categories. Come be a part of the fun!

The Chocolate Competition
This year the competition is open to restaurants, bakeries,
chefs and home processors working in commercial kitchens or adhering to NYS Health Department and Agricultural and Markets rules and regulations. Competitors (Chocolate Chefs) may enter in 3 judged categories: desserts (sweet), savory and chocolate beverage. Chocolate Chefs may enter as many of the three categories as they like but only one dish per category. All samples will cost $1 each to festival visitors to help with the cost of producing the food for the chocolate Chefs. The public can then fill out the ballots available at all of the tasting stations, or Sweet Spots. In order for the ballot to be counted in the final judging, people will need to visit and rate at least 5 different samples. There will be at least one award for each category.

If you are BSBPA Member Business with a Store Front within the Village, please let us know if you would like to participate by:

• Hosting a Chocolate Chef to present their tasting
• Entering the competition yourself as a Chocolate Chef operating in a commercial kitchen
• Having a chocolate themed First Friday event posting such as an art opening or special sale

Want to Participate but Concerned About Space?
We know not everyone has enough space in their business to host, so we are encouraging everyone who can host to do so, but if you can’t host a chef, please work within the theme of chocolate by decorating, displaying artwork, or having music that is chocolate or Valentine inspired. We want as many businesses to participate as possible! Feel free to contact us if you need assistance.

If you are a Restaurant or Caterer and would like to participate as a Chocolate Chef, please let us know which of the three ways you would like to participate:

1. You have a restaurant or business and will host your food at your own location
2. You would like to have your food hosted in a Village business.
3. Both

Chocolate Chefs
Please let us know which of the three categories (you can enter as many as you like) you would like to participate in.

1. Chocolate Dessert (Sweet)
2. Savory Chocolate Dish
3. Chocolate Beverage

Please note that this event has grown substantially over the past 5 years.  Chocolate Chefs are required to create at least 500 small samples to accommodate the amount of visitors expected.

If you would like to sponsor this event, participate, or have any questions, please contact us at firstfridays@ballston.org.
Thank you for your interest. We are really excited to continue this fantastic Chocolate Festival in 2019.
– The BSBPA First Friday Committee

Online Chef Application:

Chocolate Fest Chef Application

    Please check the competition category or categories you wish to enter. $25 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 1, 2019. 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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