XOCOLATL: Mayan Chocolate

Experience Silver City’s 2024 Chocolate Fantasia


The Mimbres Region Arts Council presents Chocolate Fantasia, XOCOLATL: Mayan Chocolate, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Febr. 10.

Xocolatl is the Mayan word for chocolate. This word was chosen as the theme to bring back the history of chocolate to North America. The Mayans, along with many pre-contact cultures in North America, revered this decadent ingredient, Chocolate, as a gift from the gods. It was used in ceremony to honor the gods, one-self, and the community. Other ingredients, such as Chili and Vanilla, are all native to North, Central and South America.

Silver City has gathered many chocolatiers this year and asked them to keep the origin of and rich history of Xocolatl in mind when creating their treats. There will be live music throughout the town.

Saturday tickets for $25 are on sale and this year a Friday night event has been added at the Little Toad Brewery and Distillery: $55 gets you a flight of New Mexico drinks, hors d’oeuvres and dessert, with a band playing and Full access to the event on Saturday.

“Silver City has its own unique charm. Add in gourmet, handmade chocolate confections, and you’ll see why February is a sweet time to come visit,” said Simon Sotelo, event coordinator. “This event is one of our most anticipated annual events. We encourage those interested in attending to purchase tickets early as the event sells out each year.”  

Ticket holders can cast their People’s Choice votes for best chocolates, best music, and best business decorations on the back of their tasting tickets and turn in their tickets by 3 p.m. at Javalina Coffee House, 117 W. Market Street in Silver City.  Awards will be given out at the closing ceremonies at Little Toad Creek Brewery and Distillery, 200 N Bullard Street in Silver City at 4:30 p.m.  

 Proceeds from Chocolate Fantasia are used to fund the Mimbres Region Arts Council programs and events which provide access and opportunity to anyone wanting to participate in meaningful arts experiences. Tickets are available online at or by emailing

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