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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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