2018 Big Island Chocolate Festival — Call for Beneficiaries

Presented by the Kona Cacao Association, the Big Island Chocolate Festival is a fundraiser that benefits local non-profits, preferably — but necessarily —associated with culinary education, cacao farming/education, local chocolate, farming or sustainability.  In 2017 we donated $17,500 to four non-profit organizations and we’re now accepting applications for 2018 beneficiaries. Click here for application details. Application deadline is January 12, 2018. …

2017 Big Island Chocolate Festival is this Weekend!

Whether you have a sweet tooth or love savory flavors (or both!), you’ll find a new favorite taste sensation at this Saturday’s Big Island Chocolate Festival gala. Tickets are still available but going fast so don’t wake up Sunday morning regretting that you missed the gala event of the season!  The event is in the ballroom and outside courtyard at the …

2017 “Best Hawai’i Cacao” Competition Open to Hawai’i Island Cacao Farmers

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE APRIL 29 BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL Hawai’i Island cacao farmers who want to raise the profile of their unique beans should enter our “Best Hawai’I Cacao” contest at this year’s Big Island Chocolate Festival. Beans will be judged on color, fissuring, aroma, flavor, astringency, and bitterness. Farmers must send at least one pound of un-roasted …

Just Added: Cacao Farming Seminars, Chocolate-Making Demos and a Cacao Farm Tour!

The Big Island Chocolate Festival gala is from 5pm – 9pm on Saturday, April 29th (mmmm….chocolate….) but did you know that the festival is actually a two-day event? On Friday, April 28th you can enjoy a unique walking tour on the slopes of scenic Hualalai mountain, a few miles south of Kona town. The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, which sits on a spacious …

Meet Celebrity Chef Stéphane Tréand MOF at this year’s Chocolate Festival!

We’re so excited to announce that Stéphane Tréand MOF, renowned international chocolatier, pastry chef, and owner of The Pastry School, will join this year’s Big Island Chocolate Festival in a variety of roles. Chef Tréande, named one of the “Ten best Pastry Chef’s in USA” will host one of the popular chocolate demonstrations and will also be a celebrity judge …

2017 Big Island Chocolate Festival Beneficiaries Selected!

Four fortunate organizations have been selected as beneficiaries of the 6th Annual Chocolate Festival, each receiving a monetary donation to support their various efforts. Presented by the Kona Cacao Association, the Big Island Chocolate Festival (BICF) is a fundraiser that will feature 800 guests experiencing 7 events over 2 days (April 29 & 29, 2017). The 2017 beneficiaries are: American …

Chocolate Festival Beneficiaries To Receive $500 – $6,000 Donations

NON-PROFITS MUST HURRY AND APPLY BEFORE 12/31/16!! With more than $500 – $6,000 per agency available, non-profit organizations should apply right away to be one of the beneficiaries of the 2017 Big Island Chocolate Festival. Beneficiaries should be associated with culinary education, cacao farming/education, local chocolate, farming or sustainability. Beneficiaries are expected to provide volunteers and support event execution. Click here for more …

LIMITED EARLY BIRD AND VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

And make a night of it with special hotel room packages! Hurry and purchase your Big Island Chocolate Festival gala tickets before they’re sold out! A limited number of Early Bird tickets are available now so click here and save $10 off of the regular price. They’re moving fast so you should too! Make the evening extra special with VIP …