Our History

The history of Chocolate Fest

Here in Charlotte County we are proud of Ganong Bros. Limited , the Canada’s oldest family-owned candy company.

The process of creating quality chocolates and candy, begun by brothers James and Gilbert Ganong in 1873, has been passed down from generation to generation in the beautiful town of St Stephen, New Brunswick.

Ganong Bros. Limited has been one of the chocolate industry’s most important companies. Arthur Ganong was the first to make any sort of a wrapped chocolate bar; Ganong began selling the first chocolate bars in 1910.

Chocolate Fest began in 1984 and is a unique celebration of chocolate discovery , rich in culture, appealing to your senses and offering unforgettable experiences.

In 2000, St Stephen was officially registered as “Canada’s Chocolate Town” as a mark of the importance of chocolate in its past and present.

“The Great Chocolate Mousse” is our official mascot. In 1994 The Great Chocolate Mousse married his lovely wife, Tiffany. The Chocolate Mousse and Tiffany are very popular during the festival with both young and old chocolate lovers. They bring out the child in all of us. Look for them at all the events; give them a hug and be sure to take advantage of this great photo opportunity.