THINK CHOCOLATE! MAY 1-3

  Hawai‘i Governor Neil Abercrombie has declared Saturday, May 3 as Big Island Chocolate Festival Day! The proclamation not only heralds Hawai’i’s growing cacao industry, but also the culinarians who masterfully create foods featuring chocolate. The three-day festival offers a full lineup of chocolate decadence from planting to plating: a Kona cacao farm tour, plus seminars, how-to culinary demonstrations, guided …

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 Student Competition Judging Rubric

On Friday May 2, 2014 at the Fairmont Orchid-Hawaii, culinary students from colleges around the Hawaiian Islands will be competing at the 3rd Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival Student Culinary Competition from 10 am- 2pm. The link below is the rubric for the students to know what they will be judged on. The public is invited to attend for free …

Seeking Big Island Chefs and Chocolatiers for the Big Island Chocolate Festival

The organizers of the Big Island Chocolate Festival are looking for culinary participants to share sweet and savory tastes at the event’s gala on Saturday, May 3 at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i from 5:30-8:30 pm.  Last year’s event sold out and 500-plus attendees are expected this year. Participating Big Island chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners can also enter the free culinary …

Celebrity Judges Announced for Big Island Chocolate Festival

Competing chefs in the 2014 Big Island Chocolate Festival have some big names to impress with their sweet and savory offerings this year.  Headlining the Chocolate Festival this year is “Mr. Chocolate” Jacques Torres, Food Network celebrity from New York City, plus chef Donald Wressell of Guittard, chef Vincent Bourdin of Valrhona USA, and chef Stanton Ho for Amoretti. These …

2014 Big Island Chocolate Festival Brings Student Competition To a New Level

In 2013, the Kona Cacao Association’s President, Farsheed Bonakdar worked with Maui Community College instructor and well known chef, Cheech Gannon to create a high level culinary competition for culinary students in the state of Hawaii. Professional chefs, Stanton Ho and David Brown of Kapiolani Community College were among the judges who over saw a plated dessert competition between University of …

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 …

2013 Big Island Chocolate Fest Names Taste-Off Winners

The Fairmont-Orchid, Hawaii swept the awards at the sold-out Big Island Chocolate Festival March 23. The Fairmont’s culinary team earned three “bests,” winning Best Savory and Best Sweet (plated dessert), and took the People’s Choice Award for their savory offering of a Cocoa-Dusted Spicy Ahi Cone with Orange Shiso Mayo, Truffle Orange Vinaigrette and Goat Cheese. Other winners were Elena …