Festival Schedule & FAQs

THURSDAY EVENTS, April 25, 2024

Thurs - Host Cacao Farm still being finalized for 2024
  • When is the tour? TBD, $55 each or 2 people for $90 (Limited to up to 25 people)
  • Where is the tour?  Farm Cacao Tour - On location and not at hotel.
  • Does the tour start at The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. No.
  • How do I book the tour?  Click our online tickets page and look for the tour.

FRIDAY EVENTS - April 26, 2024

Friday - Cacao Farm Seminars - Still Being Finalized for 2024 & College Culinary Competition 
  • When and where are the educational cacao farm seminars? The farming seminars are held at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. You can see the schedule here.
  • What time do they start? 1 pm for Farm Education
  • What time is the College Culinary Competition? 9 am - 5 pm
  • How do I buy Tickets?  Visit our ticket page for Farm Seminars and College Competition is 'free' to attend.
  • Do I have to attend all seminars? No,  you may attend whichever you like.  If you just want to attend one or two seminars the price is $25 each that can be paid at the door.

SATURDAY EVENTS - April 27, 2024

Culinary Demo Seminars - Still Being Finalized for 2024, Fundraising Gala & Silent Auction
  • What’s the date and time  of the Chef Demo Seminars? Saturday, April 27, 2024, 10am - 2:30pm
  • What’s the date and time  of the gala? Saturday, April 27, 2024, 5pm - 9pm
  • Who has reserved seating in the Gala? VIP ticket-holders or Table Sponsors
  • Is there only one gala? Yes, on Saturday, April 27, 2024
  • Where will it be held?  Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa ballroom and outside courtyard.
  • What’s the theme? Mystical Chocolate Masquerade is the theme of our 11th annual event - Encourage attendees to wear masks and enjoy a mysterious, elegant atmosphere. Decorate with rich colors, velvet, and gold accents. Have a chocolate mask-making station or a masquerade ballroom dance.
  • What’s the gala attire? It's fun and festive so think party time! And You can be inspired to wear a mask for our theme this year!
         Women: Cocktail wear,  flirty dresses, nice pants or shorts, comfortable shoes (part of the event is on grass so be mindful of dressy shoes with heels.
         Men:  Black brings a sophisticated look. Aloha shirts, dress khakis (pants or shorts). No beach sandals or shoes, please.
  • Can I buy a ticket at the event? Yes, but we encourage you to purchase online here to make sure it’s not sold out. Door Tickets Day of are more expensive!
  • Do you have hotel room packages that include tickets to the gala? Yes and we have limited rooms, so don't wait! You can contact the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa if you need to add anything special to your reservation.
Individual tickets to the gala are available by clicking here.