We had a wonderful time at the 10th Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival held over the weekend in Ashland, OR.The festival was held at the Ashland Springs Hotel and featured over 30 of the state's best artisan chocolate companies.
Three industry judges were on hand all weekend to sample and critique the chocolatiers. Eight awards were presented – with Holm Made Toffee Co. receiving two of the eight! The judges awarded us “Best Chocolate Candy” for our Oregon Hazelnut and Lavender Toffee. We were also awarded the fan voted “People’s Choice Award” at the conclusion of the event.
Over the past decade this event has become a premier destination for chocolate lovers and chocolatiers in the Pacific Northwest.There really is a high standard of quality at this event so we feel quite honored to have been recognized by both the judges and the public with these awards. Thanks HMTC FANS in Ashland - we can't thank you enough!
What is funny is we had planned to enter the product competition with our best selling flavor - Sea Salt. But at the last minute decided to hand the judges the brand new Lavender flavor. Only our family members had taste tested it so we had no idea how people would react to the flavor profile. It ended up a winner AND selling out so I think it's a safe bet that we can stick with the recipe :)
The Lavender flavor is a seasonal offering and only available for a limited time. You can order by phone now at 541.430.7092 and we should have it on our website shortly.
In addition to the awards we had a wonderful time meeting other chocolate vendors, walking around and dining in Ashland, and taking in Comedy of Errors - part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Ashland is an awesome little city and we can't wait until next year!
And just in case you didn't catch Donna's news interview over on our facebook page - check this out! YAY DONNA!