When is the event held?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

2:00PM - 6:00PM

Monday, October 21, 2013

2:00PM - 6:00PM

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

1:00PM - 5:00PM

Where is the event held?

Navy Pier – Festival Hall A

600 East Grand Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611

phone 312-595-PIER / 800-595-PIER

How much is attendee registration?

Attendee registration is FREE until September 15, 2013 however, from September 16 – October 19th online registration is $29 for The National Chocolate and Dessert Show (TRADE) to qualified trade professionals. All you need to do is be part of the chocolate or dessert industry and have a business card. Onsite registration is $35.

How do I obtain my badge?

Badges can be picked up at the Attendee Registration counters on site. There is a $25 replacement fee for lost badges.

May I bring a guest?

Guests must be accompanied by a registered trade attendee. Guest fee is $25 per person.

What kind of vendors will be there?

Distributors or manufacturers of chocolate product, equipment, packaging, IT, ingredients, supplies, POP, displays, apparel & uniforms and publications & education.

May I register on-site on the day of the show?

Yes. But the cost is $35 therefore we strongly suggest you register early before September 15, 2013 where registration is FREE. From September 16 to October 19th you may register on line for $29.

May I attend the Chicago Fine Chocolate and Dessert Show (consumer show next door)?

Yes. All trade attendees and exhibitors may attend the consumer show. Your ID badge will allow entry to both shows. Consumer show exhibitors may attend the trade show. However, no consumers will be allowed in the trade show.

Is there an additional fee to attend the cooking demonstrations or conference sessions?

No and yes! There is no charge to attend some trade conferences all you need to do is show up with your ID badge. However come early as these conferences are on a first come first served basis and seating is limited. Advanced registration for conference sessions is strongly encouraged. You may attend some consumer conferences/seminars also at no charge.

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Chocolate Show News

National Chocolate & Dessert Show Press Release 4.24.13


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  • Barry's Gourmet Brownies
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  • Chef Alain Roby (Noreen Heron & Associates, Inc.)
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  • ChocoTransferSheets.com
  • Conillin LLC
  • Davis Chocolate
  • Dessert Professional
  • Dove Chocolate Discoveries
  • Firecakes
  • Flying Noir
  • Foodlinks, Inc.
  • The French Pastry School
  • Freshly Baked Communications
  • Gourmet News
  • Gunter Wilhelm Cutlery
  • Hershey's Chocolate World Chicago
  • Innovative Energy, Inc.
  • International Foods & Ingredients
  • Kali Development Co.
  • Kallari L3C
  • KeHE Distributors
  • The Knock Shoppe
  • Kona Bar
  • Les Palmeraies
  • Mayana Chocolate
  • Mod-Pac Corp.
  • Netzsch Premier Technologies, LLC
  • Oak Mill Bakery
  • On the Avenue Marketing DBA The New York Times
  • PackInt Chocolate Equipment
  • Pura Delizia Ciccolato Artigianale
  • Savage Bros Co.
  • ShopKeep POS
  • Sotiros Foods, Inc.
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