14th Annual Chocolate Festival

14th Annual Chocolate Festival

When: Friday, January 24, 2020 9:30 AM to Sunday, January 26, 2020 4:30 PM

The International Chocolate Festival: Celebrating 14 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.

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

Print out cacao-growing tips!

Make Vegan Chocolate!


Spread the chocolate fun #BeanToBar2019!

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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

What to Do All Weekend!

Photo Provided by Chef Maury Crespo

Saturday January 25, 2020



11:00 a.m Dr. Noris Ledesma, FTBG, Challenges Growing Cacao in South Florida!

12:00 p.m. Dr. Maricel Presilla, Cucharamama, Revival in the Cultural Cradle of Cacao and Chocolate: Central America on the Spotlight! (Tasting)

1:00 p.m. Anders Mygind, Chocolate Baure,  Sustainable Production of Wild Cacao!

2:00 p.m. Carla & Franciso, Pacari Chocolate USFlavors of Cacao! (Tasting)

3:00 p.m. Dwight Carter, Frutas del Mundo, Guatemala, Living with Cacao in Guatemala!

Cooking Demonstrations  

12:00 p.m. Chef Monica Duenes, Ortanique on the Mile, Vegan Avocado Chocoalte Cake!

1:00 p.m. Chef Ricardo Trillos, Cao Chocolates, Dark Chocolate Mousse with Berrries Compote! 

2:00 p.m.  Chef Maury Crespo, Casa Lago Tasting Room, White Chocolate Panna Cotta with Mandarin Caviar!

Sunday January 26, 2020

11:00 a.m Dwight Carter, Frutas del Mundo, Guatemala, Living with Cacao in Guatemala!

12:00 p.m. Carla & Franciso, Pacari Chocolate USFlavors of Cacao! (Tasting)

1:00 p.m. Dr. Maricel PresillaCowboy Country, Cacao is Queen! (Tasting)

2:00 p.m. Cancelled due to goverment shutdown. We apologize for the inconveneince. 

3:00 p.m. Ricardo Trillos, Cao Chocolate, The Future of Chocolate: How Chocolate Makers Are Changing the World of Chocolate!

Cooking Demonstrations  

12:00 p.m.    Short Chef, Chocolate Chicken Quesadilla with “Joe!”  

2:00 p.m. Chef Christopher Bulgarin, Delicious Catering Service Event and Design,Grilled Prongs with Chocolate BBQ Suace and Goat Cheese Sweet Pottoe Mash!

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

Photo provided by Chef Maury Crespo

There's plenty to explore during the Chocolate Festival!

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 2019. 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. Book signing. Dr. Marisel Presilla and Julio Figueroa will be at the both all weekend with her most recent book: Peppers of the Americas.

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.

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. 

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

Couture Mobile Spa

Choco Beer Garden at the Cycad Vista Lawn 

Sip on something sweet from local breweries! 


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!

ChocoKids: Story Time! at Kidway

Saturday and Sunday Only! 

Walk into Chocolate story time, read by of BioTech Volunteers! 
11:00 a.m. and I p.m. 

Cacao and Chocolate Orchid Sales

Take home your very own cacao tree and start making chocolate in your own kitchen! Or grab an Oncidium ‘Sharry Baby’ chocolate-scented orchid! While supplies last.


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.

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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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