2023 BICF CHEF COMPETITION WINNERS

WAIKOLOA, HAWAI‘I ISLAND—A sold-out crowd of 400 attendees sprawled both inside and outof the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Saturday for the 10th Big Island Chocolate Festival(BICF).Creations by chefs, chocolatiers and culinary students were critiqued on taste, texture,appearance and creativity by a team of celebrity judges during two days of competitions.Earning two awards was event newcomer Kona Village Resort …

“Indulge Your Senses” – 10th Annual Event Scheduled

KOHALA COAST, HAWAI‘I ISLAND—The delicious flavors and aromas of chocolate will“Indulge the Senses” at the Big Island Chocolate Festival April 28-29 at the Waikoloa BeachMarriott Resort & Spa. The “Indulge the Senses with Chocolate” theme marks the festival’s10 the anniversary. In-person activities include culinary demonstrations taught by renowned pastry chefs for the professional chef, home cook, cacao growing and processing seminars …

Celebrity TV Chef Gonzo Jimenez to Prepare BICF Dessert

A South-American dessert featuring the most iconic ingredients in Latin gastronomy—cacao and corn—will be prepared by Argentinian Pastry and Celebrity Chef Gonzo Jimenez of the Netflix original series Bake Squad. Texturas de Maiz, meaning “Textures of Corn,” will be featured on the festival’s decadent fourth course dessert platter. Get your tix today: http://bigislandchocolatefestival.com. 

Six Local Orgs. Named 2020 Beneficiaries – Extended to 2022 & 2023

Six fortunate Hawaii non-profits were named by the Kona Cacao Association (KCA) as its 2020 Big Island Chocolate Festival beneficiaries. The organizations — Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture, Friends of the NELHA, Big Island Music & Arts Academy and Kona Dance & Performing Arts, plus the culinary programs at Hawaii Community College Palamanui, Hawai‘i Island High Schools and Maui Community …

Seeking 2020 Beneficiaries

BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL KOHALA COAST, HAWAI‘I ISLAND—The ninth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival invites Hawai‘i non-profit organizations to apply as a beneficiary of the 2020 event held May 1-2 at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. The festival annually awards non-profits a portion of event proceeds.   Though not required, it is preferred prospective beneficiaries be associated with culinary/agriculture education, local cacao and chocolate production, or food sustainability. Awards …

And the 2019 Festival Winners Are…

A sold-out crowd of 700 guests nibbled, munched, and sipped their way through dozens of food and beverage booths at the eighth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival gala at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. This splashy fundraiser not only benefited seven Hawaiian non-profits, but also named professional and amateur chef winners for a range of delicious and unique. Creations by …

Mahalo to Premier Sponsor, Kona Nissan / Kona Auto Center

We’re so pleased and honored to welcome Kona Auto Center / Kona Nissan back as a BICF Premier Level sponsor. They’ll be showcasing the 2019 Leaf Plus at the event because they know our attendees are savvy, care about the community and want to leave as minimal a carbon footprint as possible (take a bow everyone!). By the way, this …

Eight Local Orgs. Named 2019 Beneficiaries

Eight fortunate Hawaii non-profits were named by the Kona Cacao Association (KCA) as its 2019 Big Island Chocolate Festival beneficiaries. The organizations — Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture, Waimea Country School, Kona Pacific Public Charter School’s West Hawaii Summer Lunch Program and Kona Dance & Performing Arts, plus the culinary programs at Hawaii Community College Palamanui, Kealakehe High School, Hawai‘i …