12th Annual International Chocolate Festival

When: Friday, January 19, 2018 9:30 AM to Sunday, January 21, 2018 4:30 PM

The International Chocolate Festival: Celebrating 12 years of being South Florida's most delicious event!

Indulge in chocolate delicacies during the season's most delicious event: The International Chocolate Festival! 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 this year's program!

Buy a cacao tree at the Festival, and see below for how to care for it:

 

Make Vegan Chocolate!

 

Spread the chocolate fun #BeanToBar2018!

Be sure to share the fun you're having by posting on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook with #BeanToBar2018 #Fairchild. And, follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Admission Pricing

Free for Fairchild Members
Adults: $25
Seniors (age 65 and up): $18
Children (ages 6-17): $12
Free for children 5 and younger

Buy Tickets for the Chocolate Festival Now

Join today and save on the ticket price! 

Become a Fairchild Member now to enjoy free admission to the Chocolate Festival and so many other benefits!

Become a Fairchild Member

Convert your admission into a Fairchild Membership during the event

We're sure you'll enjoy your the Chocolate Festival and your visit to the Garden, so we've made it easy for you to apply the price of your admission toward a membership on the day of your visit. Any of our friendly admission personnel can assist you during your visit. Click here to learn about becoming a member.

What to Do All Weekend!

Lectures & Cooking Demonstrations  - 
Saturday, January 20 
LECTURE:11:30 a.m. - Biodynamic Cacao and Its Impact on Chocolate Flavors, Francisco Morena, Pacari Chocolates
COOKING DEMONSTRATION:12:00 p.m. - Dish coming soon, Chef Chris Bulgarin, Delicious Catering and Event Production 
LECTURE:12:30 p.m. - Follow Cacao's Journey, Dr. Noris Ledesma, Fairchild
COOKING DEMONSTRATION: 1:30 p.m. - Chef Jackie Gadala, Superfuzion
COOKING DEMONSTRATION: 2:00 p.m - Mariel Presilla, How Chocolate, Chiles and Turkey Melt in a Pot

Sunday, January 21
LECTURE:11:30 a.m. - Biodynamic Cacao and Its Impact on Chocolate Flavors, Francisco Morena, Pacari Chocolates
COOKING DEMONSTRATION 12:00 p.m. - Coming soon!
LECTURE: 12:30 p.m. Lecture title coming soon!, Dr. Osman Gutierrez, USDA 
COOKING DEMONSTRATION: 1:30 p.m. - Maricel Presilla, Recognizing Excellence: Advances in Cacao and Chocolate in Latin America 

Have you seen our DIY Chocolate recipe? Click here for instructions!

 

The ChocoWalk Passport Expedition: A Delicious Journey - Gardenwide 

Get ready to go on a delicious expedition! Get your ChocoWalk Passport stamped while exploring the Garden from the Rainforest to the Tropical Fruit Pavilion, to the Cacao Route Tent, and learn all about the fruit of the gods! Be sure to visit all of the stops along the ChocoWalk to collect all stamps and to enjoy exciting information about chocolate and to participate in fun interactive activities!

Rainforest: Where does cacao grow? Look at the cacao trees and learn all about the cacao plant i its natural environment!

Tropical Fruit Pavilion: Learn about the harvesting process of cacao!

Cacao Route at the KidWay Tent: Create your own chocolate label!

All About Chocolate: The Living History of Cacao and Chocolate from Ecuador- Cycad Circle 
Visit our newest chocolate experience for 2017. From the seed to the chocolate bar and everywhere in-between. Pacari, a chocolate company, will demonstrate how to produce fine chocolate from the legendary Arriba Nacional cacao from Ecuador. A must-see for adults and children alike, the living history of cacao is not to be missed.

Cacao and Chocolate Orchid Sales: Take home your very own cacao tree and making chocolate in your own kitchen! Or grab a Oncidium "Sharry Baby" chocolate-scented orchid.

There's plenty to eat during the Chocolate Festival!

Chocolatiers and Chocolate Vendors in the Garden House

What's a chocolate festival without plenty of chocolatiers? Be sure to visit the Garden House to stock up on all of the delicious chocolate treats. Remember: chocolate is actually good for you! Be sure to get your ChocoFacts in the Garden House!

Food on the Garden House Lawn

From paella to barbecue, Greek gyros to delicious Caribbean style eats, there's something for everyone! And keep an eye out for those special chocolate-infused flavors. 

Food Trucks at the Cycad Circle
 

There's plenty to do at the Chocolate Festival!

Garden Marketplace Near the South Florida Butterfly Garden

Stop by our Garden Marketplace and stock up on chocolate treats, honey, candles, lamps made of natural materials and more!

ChocoSpa at the Phillips Courtyard

There's no better way to relax than with a chocolate scented massage. Be sure to stop at our ChocoSpa for this special experience.

ChocoSpa Vendors
Mobile Spa Events, Origins Skincare

ChocoKids: Fun for the Whole Family! 

Engage with Fairchild educator's and learn how chocolate is made, it's importance within our rainforest and more! Get your face painted or hang out and play fun family lawn games!

Admission Pricing

The Chocolate Festival is included with the price of admission to the Garden. 

Free for Fairchild Members
Adults: $25
Seniors (age 65 and up): $18
Children (ages 6-17): $12
Free for children 5 and younger

Buy Tickets for the Chocolate Festival Now

Join today and save on the ticket price! 

Become a Fairchild Member now to enjoy free admission to the Chocolate Festival and so many other benefits!

Become a Fairchild Member Now 

Convert Your Admission toward a Fairchild Membership

We're sure you'll enjoy your the Chocolate Festival and your visit to the Garden, so we've made it easy for you to apply the price of your admission toward a membership on the day of your visit. Any of our friendly admission personnel can assist you during your visit. Click here to learn about becoming a member.

Press and Media Inquiry 

Official press release announcing the Chocolate Festival.

Please contact Maureen Tan, Public Relations Manager at 305.667.1651, ext. 3392 or mtan@fairchildgarden.org.

Check out our press room

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Note: To ensure the safety of our guests, there will be no tram tours during this event

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