If the Kona Cacao Association receives more than three criollo variety cacao entries, they will have a separate criollo cacao award category, so farmers and growers can enter those beans, as well if they grow them. Entering multiple varieties, harvests, or ferments of cacao is encouraged.
Cacao growers need to pay the entrance fee first on the EventBrite page and then deliver the beans to Farsheed Bonakdar, Cocao Outlet, by May 11th. Beans can be dropped off with Farsheed or mailed.
A panel of expert judges will decide the winner, who will be named during the Big Island Chocolate Festival awards presentation 7:30 p.m. Saturday May 14th, 2016 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.
Other awards being presented include:
- Best Sweet
- Best Savory
- Best Bonbon
- People’s Choice Dessert
- People’s Choice Savory
- Best “Bean to Bar”
- First, Second and Third Place Culinary Student Competitio
If you are a Hawaiian cacao grower, we encourage you to enter the contest and we will email you more information about where to ship your fermented beans. All entries must be in by May 11, 2016.