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 …

Culinary Demonstrations -Flowers, Genache, Chocolate, Oh MY!

  The Big Island Chocolate Festival is excited to have two stars of the chocolate industry providing their expertise for chocolate enthusiasts and pastry artists! Saturday May 14th  9:30 am- 2 pm at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel 9:30-10:30 a.m. Demonstration with Tasting:  Derek Poirier- Valrohna Pastry Chef Western USA, will be presenting- “How to Make Ornate Chocolate Flowers for Pastries”-Learn the art of making decorative …

$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 …

Cacao Farm Workshops-From Farm to Fermentation

Presented by the Kona Cacao Association, the non-profit responsible for the Big Island Chocolate Festival, the Cacao Workshops are for farmers, tropical fruit growers and people considering growing and harvesting cacao, and producing cacao for chocolate makers. Both Dr. Nat Bletter and Dan O’ Doherty, the presenters are both leading experts.  Buy tickets here. Scroll down to the bottom of the …

Big Island Chocolate Festival Schedule of Seminars/Demonstrations and Cacao Plantation Tour

Each year the Kona Cacao Association reaches out to professional cacao educators asking them to provide unique and helpful information to our local cacao farmers and producers. We also work to bring in professional chefs and chocolatiers to hold culinary demonstrations for the public to increase their skills and knowledge of cooking with chocolate. This year we have an excellent line …

Cacao Farm Tour, Chocolate Demonstrations and Seminar Schedule

The Kona Cacao Association, the non-profit organization producing the Big Island Chocolate Festival, is proud to present an in-depth array of educational opportunities led by internationally known leaders in the cacao industry. These chocolate demonstrations and seminars are designed for Hawaii cacao farmers, chocolate producers and chocolate enthusiasts. Tickets to all the events can be purchased through EventBrite. Discounts available for …

Big Island Chocolate Festival 2014 – Set Your Calendars for May 2-3!

Are you already anticipating an evening full of chocolate decadence, bumping live music, enjoying the evening with friends and most of all, raising money for two great charitable causes? Then mark your calendar RIGHT NOW for May 2-3, 2014 at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. Friday May 2nd is our annual student culinary competition being held in the grand ballroom this …