About The Toronto Chocolate Festival
The Toronto Chocolate Festival (TCF) got it’s start in 2005 with the first Chocolate Ball Gala held at the Palais Royale, where it remained for six years. In 2012 it was held at Roy Thomson Hall. For the past 3 years it has been held at the Eglinton Grand. Over the last ten years, the festival has gone from a 10-day event to a 23-day event and many other changes.
TCF has created and incorporated as many chocolate related events that would be entertaining, educational and just plain fun for the attendees and the participating chocolatiers, pastry chefs and restaurant chefs. This has resulted in a number of experimental and traditional events – all powered by the one ingredient CHOCOLATE!
These have included all the current events including the MEN IN BROWN: COCOUTURE FASHION SHOW and DINNER WITH THE ChocElite
The Chocolate Ball had pioneered and introduced audiences to savoury foods infused with chocolate – and we’ve had everything from fish and steak to pasta and soups – all presented by well renowned and respected chefs including Chef Massimo Capra, Chef Jonathan Gushue and Terry Port. The Chocolate Ball has reached notoriety status throughout the country and around the world as THE total chocolate event incorporating everything chocolate with entertainment and fundraising. If it doesn’t have chocolate in it – you won’t find it at the Ball!
The Chocolicious “tour du chocolat” discovery passport allows chocolate lovers to download coupons offering everything from discounts to free chocolate samples courtesy of participating vendors in and outside the Toronto and GTA area.
Chocolate Afternoon Tea, graciously hosted by the Omni King Edward Hotel, has become a weekend sell-out feature which has raised a considerable amount of money for our dedicated charities.
The Toronto Luxury Chocolate Show: Introduced in 2011 is the very successful and anxiously awaited Toronto Luxury Chocolate Show at Roy Thomson Hall. For one day only on “Chocolate Sunday”, chocolate vendors have the opportunity to meet up with literally thousands of chocolate lovers who attend to be entertained, educated and indulge in everything chocolate. This show has grown rapidly in the last few years. Last year the show experienced full to capacity attendance.
The ChocOlympics featuring The 911 Chocolate Relay which is a TCF original event, now being copied around the world, and that has become one of the fun-filled highlights of the Festival. It is messy, competitive and hilarious as attendees watch teams of Police, Firefighters and EMS go through the ultimate chocolate chow-down in a race to win the annual Chocolate Bowl and help raise money for charity.
About the Producer
The Toronto Chocolate Festival is produced by JCO Communications Inc. under the Direction of Joey Cee, who is a recognized professional for producing highly successful festivals and events in Toronto since 1965. His portfolio includes Associate Producer of the Beaches International Jazz Festival in Toronto and Parti Gras in the Distillery District. Also, recently, the co-producer of the annual 95.3 Country Jam at Sunnyside and Woodbine Park on Canada Day, and the MIX 99.9 Labour Day Beachfest at Sunnyside (for 16 years). He is currently the publisher of HOToronto Magazine – Toronto’s premiere entertainment digital magazines powering the Toronto On Demand website www.TorontoOnDemand.ca, as well as, What’s On Where International Magazines (www.WhatsOnWhereMagazine.com) – now in its 23rd year of publishing. For a detailed biography please visit www.JoeyCee.com. As president of the Hot Spots America Network, he also heads up the North American initiative to raise money for Food Banks across Canada and the USA through the North American HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL ” HOT CHOCOLICIOUS” produced by ChocoLish Events + Entertainment. He is inducted in the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and on September 7,2014, Joey Cee was inducted in the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame. He was also recently nominated for the 2015 Laurie Pallett Award (the highest honour) by the Mississauga Arts Council at the Marty Awards ceremonies.
JCO Communications Inc. celebrates more than 30 Years as a publishing and special events company located in downtown Toronto with affiliate offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and London, England.