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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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). […]

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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” […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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