City Bites

Chocolate! Award-winning maker Hummingbird offers July factory tours (and tasting!)

Erica and Drew Gilmour are former international aid workers (they met in Afghanistan) who reinvented themselves as fair-trade chocolate makers four years ago. The subsequent rise of Hummingbird Chocolate has been swift and sweet, with the couple winning international awards for their hand-made small-batch bars. Most recently, six (!!) medals at the UK-based Academy of Chocolate’s annual extravaganza.

Now you can get the inside scoop. The Gilmours are running tours of their Almonte digs this month, promising chocoholics the chance to see the whole making process — from sorting, all the way through roasting, grinding, tempering, and wrapping. Most importantly, there will be tasting! The 45-minute tours cost $3, and run at 11 am on Saturday, July 23, and Saturday, July 30. Pre-purchase tickets through EventBrite.

City Bites Hot Tip: If you want to taste the chocolate that won the “Golden Bean”, make a beeline for the Hispaniola bar, made with beans from the Dominican Republic. Or go a little more local, with the silver medal-winning Fleur de Sel bar, made with sea salt harvested from Vancouver Island.