Get your chocolate on at international salon

The San Francisco International Chocolate Salon isn’t messing around. If you’re really serious about chocolate — and serious about having some fun — the 8th annual event is a go-to. As Chocolate Salon’s promoters say, it’s “55,000 square feet of chocolate, wine and confections.”

A ticket buys chocolate tastings from 50 chocolatiers, wine pairings, new product launches, chocolate-making demonstrations, chocolatier panels, a wine and spirits taste-off, presentations by celebrity chefs and chocolate-makers, and random interviews of participants by TasteTV’s “Chocolate Television” program. There will even be “chocolate fashion and body-painting.”

The all-things-chocolate extravaganza will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 15 at Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, San Francisco; (415) 345-7500,

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for adults; $10 for children ages 6 to 12; free for 5 and younger. To buy tickets, watch videos from past events and for more information, visit

Along the way, check out San Francisco Chocolate Week, Sunday through March 14, at