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Christmas Craft Chocolate Takeover of Canopy Market

By Cocoa Runners  ·  19th November 2021  ·  News and Announcements

Join us for another Craft Chocolate weekend at Canopy Market from Friday the 10th until Sunday 12th of December ­– the perfect time to make a dent in your Christmas shopping list and to indulge in some little festive treats for yourself.  

Canopy Market is a weekly independent market at King’s Cross, held under a beautifully restored Victorian glass and steel roof. A wonderful environment for a weekend of sensory exploration.

Following the sell out of all the events at our takeover in October, we will once again be hosting an array of tastings and other Christmas-y activities – including pottery with Sculpd and festive flower arranging with Granary Square!

Events: Talks & Tastings

Our events, which include talks and tastings from a experts in whisky, flower arranging, wine, coffee, pottery and more. require pre-booking and payment. Find more details and our comprehensive list of events below…

We’ll be recording these events so that those who can’t make it in person can enjoy the experience too — please register to virtually enjoy these events on this form.  

Welcome to the Craft Chocolate Revolution! (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Allow us to welcome you into the chocolate revolution with a tasting of some of our favourite craft chocolate bars, led by one of Cocoa Runners’ chocolate experts. Through our selection of carefully crafted bars, you will learn about the intricate growing and making processes which make craft chocolate so unique.

Tickets are £10 per person.

NEW Peruvian Chocolate with Pump Street (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Tuck in to some delicious festive favourites with Pump Street as they talk us through the techniques behind their masterful new Peruvian bar – a real Christmas treat! Of course, you will get to sample their delights, fresh from their Suffolk bakery. Included will be some interesting insights into their new bar, why they chose Peruvian beans, and more about their chocolate-making processes up in Suffolk.

Tickets will be £10 per person.

Ice Cream Tasting and Talk with Terri, founder of Happy Endings (Saturday only)

Before becoming an award winning icecream maker, Australian born Terri worked as a chocolatier in Australia, Spain and UK. So join her to taste some of her award winning ice creams and hear about the importance of great ingredients, including Craft Chocolate, in making artisanal icecream.

Tickets will be £10.00 per person.

Whisky and Chocolate Pairing (Sat & Sun)

Join Rachel McCormack, best selling author, Kitchen Cabinet contributor and world renowned whisky expert as she guides us through the complex flavour profiles of three different scotch whiskies and pairs these with an array of craft chocolates. This will be a real masterclass in the art of pairing – you will come out of it knowing how to get your chocolate/whisky combinations to “sing”.

Tickets will be £15 per person.

Note: you must be over 18 to join this tasting (and be prepared to show ID!)

Wine and Chocolate Pairing (Sat, Sun)

Wine and Chocolate Pairings (Sunday only)

If you missed the sell out Virtual Wine and Chocolate Pairings we did with Corney & Barrow (wine merchants to the Queen) earlier in the year, fear not! Here is your chance to see what all the fuss was about. We’ll be tasting three wines (reds and whites), that Rebecca Palmer have paired with various dark, and dark milk, bars.

Tickets will be £15 per person which will cover the chance to try 3 wines and 5 chocolate bars!

Note: you must be over 18 to join this tasting (and be prepared to show ID!)

Cacao Pulp Cocktails (Friday evening only)

Come try some cacao pulp cocktails before this unique ingredient becomes the next Big Thing in bars across London. And – if cacao pulp isn’t ringing any bells – let us explain to you what exactly this bizarre cocoa-product is. We will have a range of three cocktails for you to sample as well as three chocolate bars to be paired with them! What better way to kick-off your Friday evening than with a glimpse into the future of cacao-pulp cocktails!

Pottery with Sculpd (Sat, Sun)

Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a bespoke piece of pottery – made by yourself, of course. So bring the family and come along to a pottery class with Sculpd! And don’t worry if you’re a beginner, Sculpd specialise in making pottery more accessible with their air-dry clay starter kits available to buy online!

Tickets will be £10 per person.

Seasonal Floral Arrangement with Catherine Rice (Sunday only)

Sustainable florist and “Chelsea in Bloom” gold medalist, Catherine Rice, will be joining us from Granary Square to guide us through the creation of some seasonal decor using local British Plants. Come along to create a festive arrangements that will add a touch of Christmas cosiness to any home. You’ll learn to make your own seasonal arrangement and take it home with you.
Tickets will be £20 per person.

Taste & Flavour: Special Chocolate Tasting (Fri, Sun)

Join us for a deep dive into the fascinating science behind taste and flavour. Explore the 400 unique flavour compounds chocolate has to offer – and learn how to master the art of tasting so you can find them! Also, find out whether or not there’s a super-taster amongst your family or friend-group. This will be a live session of our latest virtual tasting, so do come along to enjoy the in-person experience.

Tickets will be £15 per person.

Speciality Coffee and Craft Chocolate with Square Mile (Saturday only)

Come warm your hands on some fresh, speciality coffee with Square Mile, a London-based multi award-winning coffee roaster! This one promises to be a real treat – a great pick-me-up for any cold December afternoon. We’ll be pairing a range of their coffees with complementary craft chocolates to explore the similarities in both flavour and crafting

Tickets will be £10 per person.

Cocoa Pulp & Sourcing (Friday only)

Discover the lesser known cocoa product that is pulp with Kate Cavallin from Cocoa Latitudes. Allow Kate to transport you away from chilly London to the warmth of a tropical rainforest. Here you will learn all about where exactly cocoa is sourced from – and you’ll be surprised to see where your favourite chocolate bar begins its life, far beyond its shiny packaging.

Tickets will be £10 per person.

Within Canopy Market…

The Cocoa Runners team will have a stall all weekend too. We’ll have some favourites from makers who can’t attend (Omnom, Menakao, Original Beans, Taza etc.).

We will also be joined by Bare Bones, Duffy’s, and Pump Street who will be selling their bars, hot chocolates and delicious mince pies and panettone (which will also feature in one of our tastings).

It’s a great opportunity to meet the makers of your favourite bars face-to-face, share your love of their craft with them, and support their business – all whilst getting ahead on your Christmas shopping!

Alongside all of this, you’ll still be able to visit your favourite regular Canopy Market traders. The market will be fully stocked with an amazing array of fresh foods and drink, and wonderful craft creations.

Entry to the market will be FREE, so you can come along, meet the makers, and bag the best stocking-fillers London has to offer at no extra charge!

You can also leave a comment below if you have suggestions or recommendations for what you’d like to see at this next Canopy Market takeover…

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