Coral Gables, FL, March 3, 2007- Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden‘s International Chocolate Festival kicked off today and the turn-out has been, well, sweet. "Where else in Miami can you find chocolate in every form from breads to bon bons, amazing cooking demonstrations, music, even activities for the kids-all in a beautiful tropical setting like Fairchild?" commented a pleased guest. Over 4,000 visitors walked around all day enjoying chocolate inspired cuisine from the House of Chocolate and from the various chocolate vendors in the Garden House, buying chocolate plants, listening to chocolate lectures, sipping chocolate smoothies and enjoying mini massages at the chocolate spa.
The International Chocolate Festival continues Sunday from 9:30am to 4:30pm. There will be more chocolate products, plant sales, kid‘s events chocolate demonstrations and lectures and so much more. Here is the schedule:
In the Garden House--Rainforest/cacao display, chocolate vendors selling and sampling chocolates, Theobroma cacao photo display by Ana Luisa Figueredo
On the Garden House Lawn--House of Chocolate: a sit down café featuring all chocolate treats, CJ‘s Grill Chicken with mole , steak fajita wraps, Peruvian chicken chocolate stew, Garden Café: hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken skewers, MamaMia Italian Ice including chocolate sorbet. Dutch Magic Chocolate Funnel Cakes, The Chocolate Shop-Chocolate T-shirts & totes, Plant sales: Chocolate scented Sharry Baby orchids and Black Sapote trees
Music from the Chocolate Lands- In the morning hours, enjoy Brazilian music by Brazilian Explosion and in the afternoon, Jamaican Music by IREIRE
11:30 Harris Ross- The Bake House
1:00 pm Edgar Leal, Cacao Restaurant (Chocolate Molten Cake)
2:30 pm JoAnn Patrizio, Truly Scrumptious (Kids demonstration)
12:00 p.m.- Dr. Richard Campbell, The Future of Cacao in the World
2:00 p.m.- Ana Luisa Figueredo, Theobroma cacao, A Photographic Lecture of Cacao
· Walking Tours
10:00 a.m.-Butterfly Tour starts at the Visitor Center:
11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.-Tropical Fruit Tour starts at the Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion
1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.-Garden Collections tour starts at Café
Tropical Fruit Pavilion- Authentically dressed Mayan family harvesting and preparing the cacao pods and smoothies for sale
Chocolate Spa-Equinox Spa giving free mini massages with chocolate scented lotions
Chocokids- lots of fun and crafts for kids all day including a continual showing of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at the Chickee hut
Rainforest- Tour at 11:30 am, volunteers with chocofacts from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Veranda Restaurant: Open for Sunday breakfast from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
About the Chocolate Festival
The International Chocolate Festival will take place on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4, 2007from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, 33156. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Middle East. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses the National Palm Collection as recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world‘s greatest living collection of palms and cycads; an education program reaching more than 26,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Mango and Orchid Festivals, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 36,000 members and benefactors. We host major art events such as Chihuly at Fairchild in 2005 and 2006. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for Children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org.