Culinary Guidelines

We are currently seeking chef participants for the 2018 Big Island Chocolate Festival on April 28 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel 5-9 pm. Entry into the Chocolate Festival and competition is FREE for culinary participants. Participants are asked to provide 500 sweet and/or savory “tastes” of their chocolate creation.

We will be holding the Festival INSIDE and OUTSIDE the ballroom. Please let us know if you have a preference for space inside or out on your registration form. Requested station placement is by a first-come, first-served basis—sign up today! 

Competition Categories Judged by Celebrity Chefs:

Plated dessert     Savory

BonBon                Bean to Bar

Fermented cacao (Best Hawaiian chocolate)

In addition for 2018, the public will vote for two People’s Choice Awards: Best Savory and Best Sweet, so participants are encouraged to bring both savory and sweet entries and sign up to be judged in more than just one category.

We also have a THEME this year and there will be an award for BEST DECORATED BOOTH. Here are some ideas for depicting 2018 theme for the Big Island Chocolate Festival:  “Chocolate Around the World.”

Chocolate hails from Meso-America where cacoa beans were brewed to make a bitter drink or fermented into an alcoholic beverage.

Highly valued, cacao beans were used as currency. The Mayans and Aztecs believed cacao was divine, including it in rituals. Europeans sweetened the drink with honey or sugar and by the 17 th century it was a fashionable beverage enjoyed for nutritious, medicinal and aphrodisiac properties.

Dutch cocoa was born in 1828, when a Dutch chemist invented a way to make powdered chocolate. The first molded chocolate bar followed in 1847. Chocolate became valued in America and during wartime was included in soldiers’ rations.

Chocolate went to the moon with the Apollo astronauts.

Culinary Participant Food Permit needed by all 2018 participants

Important! We appreciate your support for the Big Island Chocolate Festival as a chef/chocolatier participant. The Hawaii Health Department requires that each participant fill out a Temporary Food Permit which includes a booth layout form showing the hand washing area and how the food service will appear.

For questions or immediate attention please contact Farsheed Bonakdar at (808) 324-6100 or (808) 937-4736.

You will need to submit: The Culinary Participant Form (Submit Online Below), the Health Dept form which includes the Booth Layout form.

Please bring a hand-washing unit, all food serving utensils, napkins, lights, extension cords, etc., necessary to set up your booth and serve your offering.  If you are entering the competition, you will need four plated entries for the judges.

The organizers will pay for your $25 application fee. Please print out the County form AND the booth layout pdf, complete both of them and fax them back to 808-324-6200 by April 10, 2018. The earlier you submit the better for us to do advance marketing for you and the Festival. Thank you for taking time to do this so our event runs smoothly and legally.

Culinary Participant Form 2018 for information about chef registration for 2017. (Download PDF)