Chocoholics, get ready for a trip to San Francisco to indulge in your favorite sweet at the 16th annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival. The square is a landmark that's listed on the National Historic Register.
Festival highlights will include 40-some chocolate-makers and their wares; cooking demonstrations; ice cream sundae-eating contest; live music and other entertainment; and dollars-off specials at local stores. Plus, Cadillac's "Ride & Drive" event will let you test-drive some of the carmaker's new wheels
Also, the Ghirardelli company has teamed with the Fairmont Heritage Place "private residence club" on the square for the Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Package deal, through Dec. 31. Details are at www.fairmont.com/ghirardelli. .
The chocolate festival will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 10-11 in the courtyards of Ghirardelli Square and along Beach Street, adjacent to Aquatic Park on the outskirts of Fisherman's Wharf.
Tasting tickets are $20 for 15 samples; all other activities and demonstrations are free. For details, call (415) 775-5500 or visit www.ghirardellisq.com. Buy tasting tickets (including the VIP version) at the door or online at www.ghirardellisquarechocolatefestival2011.eventbrite.com.