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Chocolate Festival Program
Click here to view and print the Chocolate Festival program.
What to Do All Weekend!
The ChocoWalk Passport Expedition: A Delicious Journey
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 at the Cycad Circle Tent
Visit our newest chocolate experience for 2016. From the seed to the chocolate bar and everywhere in-between, our distinguished scientists, chefs, horticulturists and chocolatiers will accompany you on an educational and gastronomical experience into the world from cacao to chocolate. A must-see for adults and children alike, the living history of cacao and chocolate at Fairchild is not to be missed.
Learn about the History of Chocolate with Dr. Maricel Presilla and Dr. Noris Ledesma, Curator of Tropical Fruit Program
Enjoy Los Savores de Colombia and discover how chocolate is made from cacao Chocolate with Fedecacao and enjoy the USDA Repository Collection's Cacao Display
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!
Wings of the Tropics
Visit Clinton Family Conservatory featuring the the Wings of the Tropics exhibit to enjoy thousands of exotic butterflies along with hummingbirds, fish and some of the world most beautiful rare plants. You will see the famous Blue Morpho butterflies, Bamboo Page butterflies, Leopard Lacewing butterflies and hummingbird hovering overhead. There are butterfly releases twice daily, where kids of all ages will have a chance to experience these winged wonders up close.
While on your ChocoWalk Passport Expedition, be sure to experience the beautiful exhibit Orchid Odyssey, a truly tropical display of rare orchids, in the widest variety of species and colors you'll find anywhere. The Simons Rainforest features a colorwheel of beautiful orchids from around the world. Over two acres of rainforest and orchids in a beautiful display of nature's magic.
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!
Chocolate Vendors and Exhibitors
Cacao Art Chocolates, Candy Cottage, Cao Chocolates, DDR Trading International, Donut Divas and Fun Foods, Exquisito Chocolates, In Your Face Delights, Oliver Kita Chocolates, Pacari Chocolate, Wendy's Chocolates
Food on the Garden House Lawn
From paella to corn, frozen hot chocolate to delicious Caribbean style eats, there's something for everyone! And keep an eye out for those special chocolate-infused flavors.
Casa Paella, Cinnamon-Horn-Rolls, Crepemaker, Dutch Magic Enterprises, Eccolopops, Flip's Country Kettle Corn, Frozen Hot Chocolate/Strawberry Lemonade, Gerbaud Bakery, Greek Food, Karts of All Kinds, M & R Caribbean Conch, Native Conch, Totally Bananas
Food Trucks at the Cycad Circle
Get in on the food truck Chocolate Festival Meet Up this weekend!
Dolci Peccati Gelato
The MexZican Gourmet
There's plenty to do at the Chocolate Festival!
Farmer's Market Near the South Florida Butterfly Garden
Stop by our Farmer's Market and stock up on honey, candles, lamps made of natural materials and more!
Farmer's Market Vendors
A Touch of Ecuador, Bee My Honey, BirdsSquirrelsN.com
, Candles by Fatima
, Crushable Seagrass Hats
, Fossil Lamps
, Gloria Janell Jewelry
, Gringa Flan
, Keez Beez LLC
, Me & a Tree Bath & Beauty
, Princess Crowns, Shakti Dhara Jewelry
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.
Mobile Spa Events
Tambela Natural Soap
Lectures and Cooking Demonstrations
The Chocolate Festival is an exciting three-day, jammed packed event featuring world-renowned lecturers and cooking demonstrations. And, there are plenty of fun, interactive lectures and demonstrations for kids and families!
Friday, January 22
Lectures in the Rainforest Plaza
11:00 a.m. Discovering the Magic of Chocolate from the Bean
Lecture by Ricardo Trillos, Master Chocolatier
, Cao Chocolates
Workshops in the Corbin Building, Classroom A
10:30-5:30 p.m. Chocolate Tasting Certificate. The Chocolate Tasting Certificate course will methodically take your through everything you need to know to gain a real appreciation of the new world of fine chocolate bar tasting, from cacao varieties to chocolate production methods. Click Here to Register
Maricel Presilla, Ph.D. and Martin Christy
Saturday, January 23
Lectures in Corbin Building, Classroom A
11:00 a.m. The Chocolate of the Colombian Andes
Noris Ledesma, PhD., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
12:00 p.m. On the Plains of Colombia, Cacao and Chocolate are Peace (Illustrated Lecture and Chocolate Tasting)
Maricel Presilla, Ph.D., Cucharamama
1:00 p.m. Fine Colombian Chocolate: Quality of Life and Sustainability
Mr. Ismael Pena, FEDECACAO
2:00 p.m. Flavors of Colombia: (Educational tasting)
3:00 p.m. The Age of chocolate: A Diversification History of Cacao
Barbara Whitlock, PhD. University of Miami
Cooking Demonstrations in the Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
12:00 p.m. Vegan Toasted Coconut Chocolate Mousse Pie
Erika Chavez Personal
1:00 p.m. Coconut, Cacao & SuperFusion Truffles
Chef Jacqueline Gadala, SuperFuzion LLC
2:00 p.m. White Chocolate Baba Ghannouj
Chef Ysee, Whole Foods Market
3:00 p.m. Chocolate BBQ Sauce over Steamed Asparagus Wrapped in Noodle Sprinkled with Quinoa
Chef Tracy Knight, Skinny South Incredible Treats, Inc