9th Annual International Chocolate Festival

9th Annual International Chocolate Festival

When: Friday, January 23, 2015 9:30 AM to Sunday, January 25, 2015 4:30 PM

Indulge in chocolate delicacies during the season's most delicious event! Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making and demonstrations from Miami's master chefs and chocolatiers! Take our Chocowalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in our Rainforest and more. Find out everything you ever needed to know about chocolate from the experts.

View video and photos of past International Chocolate Festivals to see what makes this event so special.

The Chocolate Festival at Fairchild admission is included with Garden admission. $25 for non members and free for Fairchild Members. Tickets for non members can be purchased the day of the festival or pre-purchased below.  


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Saturday, January 24

11:00 a.m. Lecture by Noris Ledesma, Fairchild
Science Village Classroom
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12:00 p.m. Chocolate Lecture by Maricel Presilla, Ph.D.
Science Village Classroom
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1:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Jacqueline Gadala, SuperFuzion
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
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2:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Allen Susser
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
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3:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Darren Laszlo, jugofresh
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
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Sunday, January 25

11:00 a.m. Lecture by Richard Campbell, Ph.D., Fairchild
Science Village Classroom
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12:00 p.m. Lecture by Osman Ariel Gutierrez, Ph.D., USDA-ARS
Science Village Classroom
The Genetic Background and Morphological Characterization of Cacao Genotypes from Plantations in Tabasco, Mexico

1:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Sweetness Bakeshop & Cafe
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
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2:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Chris Bulgarin, Delicious Catering Services
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
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3:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Monica Duenas, Ortanique on the Mile
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
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Kids Activities

Visit the Kidway and learn the relationship that the cacao plant holds within rainforests. Does the cacao tree stand alone? Or do monkeys and fungi grow with it? How does sunlight affect the plant?  And don’t forget to check Fair Trade products and learn what you can do protect places where cacao grows. 

Saturday
12:00 p.m. Family Cooking Demonstration by Common Threads
Kidway Demonstrations Tent
Hot Chocolate Creations
12:50 p.m., 1:50 p.m, 2:50 p.m. Chocolate Poetry by Youth Writers Project, W.R. Thomas Middle School
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
Enjoy chocolate inspired poetry by W.R. Thomas Middle School students. Students will read their poems before each Saturday cooking demonstration. 

Sunday
12:00 p.m. Family Cooking Demonstration by
Ray Newlands, Short Chef
Kidway Demonstrations Tent

Choco-Walk, A Delicious Journey

Get your Choco-passport stamped while exploring the Garden from the Rainforest to the Tropical Fruit Pavilion and learn all about the fruit of the gods! 

The Edible Garden

Discover how to make chocolate from scratch. Get a first hand look at the cacao pod and what sets go into creating chocolate.  

Plant Sales

Take home your cacao tree and start making chocolate in your own kitchen! Or grab a chocolate “sherry baby” orchid!

Chocolate Spa

Relax at the Chocolate Spa while you enjoy mini massages, manicures and more.

Family Yoga with Rina Yoga

Sunday at 11:00 a.m., enjoy a complementary yoga classe from Rina Yoga that is fit for all levels that will strengthen and stretch the body and mind for overall well-being and relaxation under a nature’s own ambience.

Beer Sampling Garden

Enjoy seasonal brews that pair well with chocolate and exhibit delicious chocolate notes!

The Biscayne Bay Brewing Company will be sampling their La Colada Porter, Biscayne Bay Saison and 1513 Golden Ale.

Travel Information

The Chocolate Festival is located in Coral Gables, FL, about 10 miles south of Miami International Airport, detailed driving directions can be found here. Nearby hotels include Hotel Indigo (call hotel for discounted rate and shuttle service offered to FTBG guests)Sonesta Coconut Grove, The Biltmore Hotel, and the Miami Marriott Dadeland

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