Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can I park my car?

There are many paid parking spaces round the Royal Tropical Institute. But keep in mind that it will be busy and a parking spot might be challenging to find. If possible, we advise you to come with public transport. If not, you can make a reservation with Moby Park for 3 euros per hour. Go here. Another option is Qpark Oostpoort where you pay € 12,- for the day. From there it is a 10-minute walk to the venue.

How does it work with the tastings?

The tastings are always a very popular event. We have almost 30 tastings that take 30 people each, but still it’s not enough for everyone to visit all the tastings they like. Due to limited availability it might not be possible to visit the tasting you want. When entering the event you can secure your spot for specific tastings, subject to availability. You can register for one tasting per person. In order to avoid disappointment if the tasting of your choice is full, we advise you to come early.

If you want to go to a second tasting, you can wait to see if there are seats available (e.g. if someone did not show up). First the, for that tasting registered visitors, with a voucher go in, and if there are empty seats people who are waiting can go in (first come first serve). There are no guarantees. Read more about the tastings here.

Why do you offer standard and all-in tickets?

We have very special activities scheduled for the event. These activities involve (international) guests which are all experts in their field. We offer visitors the possibility to visit the marketplace and the main presentations with a standard ticket, if you want to take advantage of all aspects of the programme you have to buy an all-in ticket.

Some tastings are very special. For example, they are given by a speaker who comes from far away or when alcohol is being served. We offer visitors an opportunity to buy a ticket in advance to take part in it. It is possible to buy one ticket for a tasting per person. This way we give as many visitors as possible the opportunity to attend this special tasting.

Can I upgrade my ticket from standard to all-in at the event?

Yes, you can. You simple pay the difference between the price of your purchased ticket and the price of the all-in ticket (at the door price).

How much does a ticket cost at the door?

Standard tickets on the day of the event cost € 16.50 per person (children between 12 and 18 years: € 8,50 and under 12 years: free when accompanied by an adult). A ticket provides you all day access to the Marble Hall where you can meet the chocolate makers and experts and taste their special chocolate. Also, you can enter all day to all the interesting presentations in the Speakers Hall.

All-in tickets cost €26,50 (children 12-18yrs €12,50, under 12yrs free) and gives you access to all presentations, tastings, pairings and other activities such as the chocolate meditation sessions. Access to tastings and pairings are subject to availability.

Are children welcome?

Certainly! We even organise special activities for children in the kids-zone. It is a very informative event also for children!

Is the venue accessible for disabled people?

Yes. The Royal Tropical Institute is easily accessible for wheelchair users. There are stairs (at the main entrance and to the tasting rooms) but the elevator can take you to all floors. Please let the organization know so that someone can assist you.