Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory Farm Tour for 2017

Take a cacao farm tour as part of the festivities surrounding the Big Island Chocolate Festival on Friday April 28th from 11 am – 12 pm at the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory. Tickets are $25 and are limited. Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory is located amidst a working cacao farm on the slopes of Hualalai in Keauhou, about six miles south of Kailua …

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 …

$12,000 Given To 2016 Big Island Chocolate Festival Recipients

The Kona Cacao Association presented the Director of Kona Pacific Public Charter School, Shanna Mall and Jean Hull, ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association for the culinary program at Hawai’i Community College – Pālamanui, with $6000 checks on Friday June 10th from proceeds raised at the Big Island Chocolate Festival held on May 15th. Kona Cacao Association Board members presenting the checks were Fern Gavelek, Nancy Sweatt, …

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 …

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 …

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 …