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 …

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 …

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 …

Curried Chocolate Cremeux with Mango Gelee Recipe from Angela Smith

  Angela Smith, owner of Sweet Eatz, won the “Best Decorated Booth” award as judged by the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park staff on May 15th at the Big Island Chocolate Festival. Angela provided us a tasty recipe to “continue the party” after the Festival and thus, we are sharing it with you here! “I serve this recipe and variations of …

Winners Announced At Big Island Chocolate Festival

Culinary entries from Maui and the Big Isle were tapped winners at last night’s Big Island Chocolate Festival gala. A sold-out crowd of 600 attendees sprawled inside and out of the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. “Lavalicious-A Chocolate Salute to the 100th Birthday of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park” was the festival theme and the event gala sported booths decorated with sugary …

$75 Gala Tickets Are Sold Out! But Wait…

While VIP and general admission tickets are sold out for the Big Island Chocolate Festival, the following ticket options are still available at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel: A “Chocolate Lovers One Day Pass” for May 14 that includes tthree culinary demonstrations with sampling 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., followed by general entry into the 5:30-9 p.m. gala. Price is $125. * Fifty …

Submissions Being Accepted For 2016 Hawai’i Cacao Award

In keeping with the mission to assist the “growth of the cacao industry in Hawai’i” the Kona Cacao Association, the non-profit behind the Big Island Chocolate Festival, is currently seeking submissions for the “Best Hawai’i Cacao” award, a Hawai’i cacao growing and fermentation contest.  Any Hawai’i cacao grower who would like to enter the competition can do so with a pound of fermented …

FAQ’s For the Big Island Chocolate Festival

We have gotten a few questions from the public about the Chocolate Festival and want to answer some here for the benefit of all: What is the dress code?  Women sometimes take this opportunity to really dress up and go for it! Where else are you wearing heels on the Big Island? However, keep in mind this year, part of …

2016 Big Island Chocolate Festival Culinary Participants

We have come a long way over the past five years as we grow the Big Island Chocolate Festival! Our reputation as a professional culinary event where the invited chefs, chocolatiers and restaurants are judged by some of the top pastry chefs in Hawaii and beyond has garnered attention among the top culinarians in Hawaii. We are delighted to announce the participants of the 2016 …