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.
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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 US, Flavors of Cacao! (Tasting)
3:00 p.m. Dwight Carter, Frutas del Mundo, Guatemala, Living with Cacao in Guatemala!
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 US, Flavors of Cacao! (Tasting)
1:00 p.m. Dr. Maricel Presilla, Cowboy 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!
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!
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.
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