$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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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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2016 Big Island Chocolate Festival Salutes Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Centennial

With the theme, “Lavalicious-A Chocolate Salute to the 100th Birthday of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park” the fifth annual 2016 Big Island Chocolate Festival is May 13-14 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 a host of delicious, fun […]

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Chocolate Festival Tickets and Holiday Room Packages Available Now!

The Fifth Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival Gala, being held from 5:30-9 pm on Saturday May 14th,  blends three events into one decadent evening! A professional  food competition judged by celebrity chefs, a fundraiser to benefit the Kona Kohala Chef’s Association scholarship program for local culinary college students and enrichment programs for the Kona Pacific […]

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