Big Island Chocolate Festival Student Culinary Competition’s Leading Lady

You have heard of the “Iron Chef” competition and cooking competitions like “Chopped”, right? Well, the Big Island Chocolate Festival has it’s own version with the Student Culinary Competition where two culinary teams from the Big Island, West Hawaii Culinary Academy and the Hawaii Community College-Hilo and the Maui Community College culinary students compete for first, second and third place awards. …

Buy Tickets Before April 30th And Receive a FREE Gift!

We have created a partnership with Cococlectic to sweeten the deal on early ticket purchases! Purchase your tickets before April 30th and we will give you a $10 e-gift card to spend on any Cococlectic Membership subscription (Sweet Devotee, Bon (Bon) Vivant or Coco’nnoisseur). If you buy “hard copy” tickets here in Kona, make sure we get your email address so we can …

New Cacao Award Announced for 2015

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, announces a new award, “Best Hawai’i Cacao” for  the winner of the 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 …

It’s All Coming Together For the Big Island Chocolate Festival!

Craving chocolate? Who doesn’t? The fourth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival delivers with an array of fun, elegant and taste-tempting activities, seminars and culinary adventures May 7-9. Most of the chocolatey goodness will be offered at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, but three new events take place at Kona farms. Thursday, May 7: The festival lineup starts 9 a.m.-noon with a hands-on, …

Chocolate Soirée- An Elegant Feast To Savor

You are invited to experience a farm-to-table fine dining event for the 4th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival, presented by The Feeding Leaf. Thursday, May 7, 2015, 5-9 p.m. Kokoleka Lani Farms, Holualoa  (MAP) “Chocolate Soirée” is a creatively elegant fine chocolate dining experience for 100 guests, in an exclusive private setting. cacao-based meal will be seven-courses of savory and …

Satiate Your Chocolate Desires at the Big Island Chocolate Festival!

Are you ready for the fourth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival being held from May 7-9 on the Big Island of Hawai‘i? We have created an amazing array of exciting, tasty, elegant and educational tours, seminars, culinary adventures and events for 2015. From dining under the stars with a 7 course meal, to mingling with chocolate enthusiasts from around the islands and …

Save The Date for the 2015 Big Island Chocolate Festival

Showcasing chocolate from tree to treat, the fourth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival is May 8-9 at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i. Indulge in the alluring, rich taste of chocolate—in both its sweet and savory forms—while participating in a host of delicious, fun and informative chocolate-themed activities. The two-day chocolate extravaganza includes a Big Isle cacao farm tour, a student competition …

2015 Big Island Chocolate Festival

The 2015 Big Island Chocolate Festival gala will be held once again at the Fairmont Orchid on Saturday May 9th from 5-9 pm. Chocolate demonstrations will be held earlier at the hotel the same day. We will also be hosting our student competition on Saturday May 9th, as well. We will be announcing ticket distributors soon and will include the …

Big Island Chocolate Festival Names Culinary Winners!

Winners and judges of the BICF gala from left: Judge Ken Goto, Executive Fairmont Chef Hubert Des Marais, Daylight Mind Chef Connor Butler (kneeling) Pierre and Philippe Padovani of Padovani’s Chocolates, Hilton Waikoloa Village Chefs Eddie Enojardo and Dayne Tanabe, judge Vincent Bourdin, Nat Bletter of Madre Chocolate and judge Jacques Torres. Photo by Shortini Photography. Culinary entries from across …

Charities Being Supported By The Big Island Chocolate Festival

The Big Island Chocolate Festival is supporting two non-profit organizations with proceeds from the silent auction this year. Both organizations, “Equip the Kitchens” campaign and Kona Pacific Public Charter School are building campus improvements that will be beneficial to the Kona community for years to come! The Campaign Purpose: The American Culinary Federation is very pleased with progress on the …