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Braden Marshall's idea for a fundraiser was the basis for the Hot Chocolate Festival, hosted by the Hamilton Conservation Foundation.

Hot Chocolate Festival sweet way to spend Family Day

The Hamilton Conservation Foundation will hold its first Hot Chocolate Festival on Family Day, Monday, February 20.

The festival, presented by Marz Homes, will take place at the Dundas Valley Conservation Area and will feature live entertainment, outdoor activities and delicious hot chocolate and treats.

The idea for the festival began when Braden Marshall, 9, told his parents he wanted to do something to raise money for the Hamilton Conservation Foundation.

Braden reasoned that if lemonade sold well in the summer, then hot chocolate would be a good fit for the winter.

Braden and his family, who live near conservation lands, approached the conservation foundation with the idea.

Joan Bell, executive director, thought it was a great idea.

“We’re thrilled to provide children and parents with a fun, interactive event this Family Day,” said Bell. “The Hot Chocolate Festival will help families celebrate Family Day, and will help to raise funds for two important organizations in our community.”
Proceeds will support the Hamilton Conservation Foundation and Sustainable Hamilton, two organizations dedicated to ensuring the environmental and business sustainability of Hamilton, Ontario.

The festival will feature live entertainment from local performers and artists.
John Ellison, the Dundas resident who wrote the 1967 classic song Some Kind of Wonderful, will provide the musical entertainment, and children’s authors Joan Krygsman and Lynn Kittredge-Fox will read from their recently released children’s books.

Hamilton Conservation Foundation will provide a craft area, where visitors can build their own bird feeders, along with a hiking activity for people of all ages.

Hot chocolate and other treats will be provided by Camino, and local food-truck favourites Gorilla Cheese will sell their selection of grilled cheese delicacies and desserts.
There is no admission fee. Cups of hot chocolate will be provided for a minimum donation of $2.
For more information, see hotchocolatefestival.ca

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