The city of York has had a long and distinguished history with the confectionery and chocolate industry. Even back in 1781 the city boasted 8 confectioners for its 17,000 inhabitants. Today the Nestlé Chocolate Factory still produces up to 6 million of Kit Kat bars a day, whilst the city has a pungent, comforting smell of chocolate lingering over it on roasting days. Many of York's population have had family that once worked in the confectionery dynasties of Rowntree’s, Terry's and Craven's, and everyone has a lasting memory of their favourite chocolate bar, many of which were created in our fair city.
York is proud to be the initial stop of The Chocolate Way, a European Commission cultural route across Europe. The York Chocolate Festival embraces our friends and partners across the chocolate industry in a celebration of our shared culture and heritage. We look forward to working with our European partners and chocolate lovers through our collaboration.