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 […]

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$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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Big Island Chocolate Festival Schedule of Seminars/Demonstrations and Cacao Plantation Tour

Each year the Kona Cacao Association reaches out to professional cacao educators asking them to provide unique and helpful information to our local cacao farmers and producers. We also work to bring in professional chefs and chocolatiers to hold culinary demonstrations for the public to increase their skills and knowledge of cooking with chocolate. This year […]

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Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory Farm Tour

Tickets to the Cacao Farm Tour are Sold Out. For those looking for how to get to the Friday May 13th 11 am Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, here are directions: Here are Directions to Original Hawaiian Chocolate Plantation: 1. From the main intersection downtown Kailua-Kona, HI2. QUEEN KAAHUMANU HWY/HAWAII BELT RD/HI-11 intersection with PALANI ROAD. GO […]

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Big Island Chocolate Festival Seeks Culinary Participants

The fifth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival is looking for culinary participants to share sweet and savory tastes to attendees at the event’s gala on Saturday, May 14 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel from 5-9 pm. Participating chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners can enter the free culinary competition, vying in a variety of “best” judged […]

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