Indulge in the alluring, rich taste of chocolate—in both its sweet and savory forms—while participating in a host of delicious, fun and informative chocolate-themed activities.
The two-day chocolate extravaganza includes a Big Isle cacao farm tour, a student competition and public culinary and agriculture-themed seminars. Activities culminate 5:30-9 p.m. May 9 with the festival gala in the Grand Ballroom—enjoy a host of sweet and savory culinary stations presented by top isle chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners.
Culinary stations will be vying for awards in a variety of categories judged by a panel of celebrity chefs. Attendees can get in on the friendly voting by casting a ballot for the People’s Choice Award.
Also on tap will be fine wines and handcrafted ales, chocolate sculptures, chocolate body painting, live entertainment, dancing and a silent auction. Presented by the Kona Cacao Association (KCA), event proceeds benefit the “Equip the Kitchens” campaign for the future Hawai‘i Community College-Palamanui and a capital campaign to build a community kitchen at the Waldorf-inspired Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Kealakekua.
“The Big Island Chocolate Festival offers everything from planting to plating,” says KCA President Farsheed Bonakdar. “It inspires our student and professional chefs while encouraging our island cacao farmers and chocolatiers.”
Find ticket info at www.BigIslandChocolateFestival.com starting February 11. Special room rates of $299 including breakfast for two are being offered by the Fairmont Orchid. For accommodations, book with the hotel at 808-885-2000 and mention “Big Island Chocolate Festival.”
The Big Island Chocolate Festival is presented by the Kona Cacao Association, Inc. The mission and goal of KCA is to promote the cacao industry on the Big Island of Hawai‘i by presenting BICF as an educational and outreach opportunity for local cacao farmers, the hospitality industry and cacao enthusiasts. For information, visit www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com.