Jefferson Monthly Feature
10:36 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Ashland Chocolate Festival Celebrates Sweet Decade

Chocolate is an $83 billion a year business according to research firm MarketsandMarkets, putting that industry above the GDP of more than 130 nations.
George Rubaloff

The artisan chocolate industry in Southern Oregon has found its sweet spot.

Ten years ago about the only local chocolate you could buy was made by Harry & David, Endangered Species, or Dagoba. The Oregon Chocolate Festival, which celebrates its 10th year from March 7-9, has helped nurture a local artisan chocolate industry and granted new shelf space to many new startups.

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