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First You Make the Cookies

 Birthday Dinner for David Smooch loves to watch me make things, from beadwork to baking. She sits by the counter with her face as close to the action as possible. For his birthday, David asked for Chocolate Chip Cookies instead of a cake. No…

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Oregon Chocolate Festival 2016

2016 Oregon Chocolate Festival

Since we have outgrown our original location, the festival will be held at the stylish and oh so spacious Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites. The list of vendors is growing daily including more and more from beyond Oregon. For the first time we will open festival doors on Friday at 4pm, giving you not two, but 3 days of sweet chocolate exploration, including chef demonstrations, spa party, Charlie’s Chocolate 5K Run/Walk, Dessert Contest & Silent Auction and so much more! We are also excited about our partnership with ACCESS, a community action agency, as we will donate 100% of proceeds from the Dessert Silent Auction and 10% from the festival and run ticket sales to support this great organization. Oregon Chocolate Festival March 2016

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The Art of Chocolate

2014 Oregon Chocolate Festival

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Chocolate Collage?

Well, they really aren’t mixed together but, they are dancing around on the same journal pages. And, so these journal pages come into being …Some of you have gathered early this year may not be the most comfortable period in my life … readjusting o…

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Oregon Chocolate Festival This Weekend!

Oregon Chocolate Festival March 2013

Have you been to the OREGON CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL before? No?! Now is your chance! This is our 9th year and it’s going to be the best yet. It is taking place this weekend March 1-3 at the Ashland Springs Hotel, so start planning as we hope to see you in a few days – ready to sample, buy and learn about chocolate!Starting on Friday evening join us in the hotel lobby for the Chef Demos. This event is free to the public and a great opportunity to meet chefs who will demonstrate their recipes, cooking tips and baking secrets.


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Festival tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Hotel. Many events have limited sitting and require reservations. Make sure you book your spot today!


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2012 Journaling Retreat ~ Monday

The quiet cabin squeaks and yawns as the first full day of our Retreat awakens. Up, washed, brushed and relatively awake, first on our agenda: our yoga practice. The fifteen minute meander spills out on a jutting granite point, flattened and perfect … Continue reading

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Dark Chocolate and Red Wine at South Stage Cellars

It might be getting into triple digits soon, but that’s not stopping South Stage Cellars from hosting an afternoon of dark chocolate and rich red wine. “Hot chocolate,” anyone? Pardon my lame joke. In all seriousness, join the best chocolatiers in Sout…

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Sweet Escape Weekends at the World Forestry Center

The Coastal Mist crew and Terry from HV Cellars are teaming up for the 27th and 28th of March from 11 AM to 2 PM both days for chocolate and wine tastings and a class on chocolate and wine pairing by Terry and Kevin both Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 to 12:30. We will have […]

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Sixth Annual Oregon Cheese Festival Dishes up Delicious Events

Oregon-inspired culinary events, including a Meet the Winemakers and Cheesemaker Dinner and a farmer’s market-style artisan food and wine festival, will kick off with the Oregon Cheese Festival during the third weekend in March.

At the festival on Saturday March 20th, thousands of visitors will sample cow, sheep and goat cheese from Oregon and Northern California creameries, including Fraga Farm, Juniper Grove Farm, Pholia Farm, Tumalo Farms, Silver Falls Creamery, Siskiyou Crest Dairy, Tillamook County Creamery, Willamette Valley Cheese Co., Fern’s Edge Dairy, Rivers Edge Chevre, Ancient Heritage Dairy, Cypress Grove, Vella Cheese, Rogue Creamery, and many others.

Held under a giant tent at Rogue Creamery’s Central Point facility, the sixth annual festival will invite guests to shake hands with cheesemakers. “The farmer’s market format will present an interactive experience between makers and visitors, giving everyone an opportunity to talk about the product, the process and learn each individual cheesemaker’s

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And the Winner is...

One of Coastal Mists' entries for Best Chocolate Product

The 6th Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival, Ashland, Oregon 2010 was a winner! This is our first article covering the event and the winners of its competitions. More to come…

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