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. …

Big Island Chocolate Festival Awards $17.5K to Four Local Beneficiaries

KONA, HAWAI‘I ISLAND—Proceeds totaling $17,500 from the 2017 Big Island Chocolate Festival (BICF) were awarded to four local organizations at the event’s recent volunteer appreciation celebration. Displaying their beneficiary checks with Kona Cacao Association President Farsheed Bonakdar (center) are from left: Ashley Pendergast of Waimea Country School’s Na Keiki Aloha ‘Aina program, Heidi Noche and Dana Mattos of Kona Dance …

Big Island Chocolate Festival Names 2017 Winners

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 for the sixth annual fundraiser to benefit four island non-profits. The event theme “Worth Its Weight in Gold-The History of Chocolate” was depicted at culinary …

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 …

Celebrating the History of Chocolate for the 6th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival

With the theme, “Worth Its Weight in Gold: The History of Chocolate,” the sixth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival is April 28-29 with events headquartered from the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Indulge in the alluring, rich taste of chocolate—in both its sweet and savory forms—while participating in delicious, fun and informative chocolate-themed activities. The “must-attend” festival gala—featuring food booths, unlimited …

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 …