Chocolate Festival—Day Two

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Before the vegan brownie cooking demonstration Saturday at Fairchild’s International Chocolate Festival, poets from the Youth Writers Project at W.R. Thomas Middle School read several of their works about chocolate. Dariam Leal, 13, began with a poem entitled “A Rather Delicious Night Out,” which has my vote for one of the best rhymes ever: such a delicious aroma that could be detected all the way to Oklahoma. (This is not a direct quote, but aroma and Oklahoma will stick with me.) The Youth Writers had matching T-shirts and wonderful poise. Advisor Victoria Jarrett is a finalist in her district for Miami-Dade County’s teacher of the year, so little wonder the rhyme was so creative. Ms. Leal, by the way, has won first place in the district for the annual Patriot’s Pen, a Veteran of Foreign Wars contest open to all students in grades 6 through 8 in the United States.



Mariana Cortez, followed the poets and made delicious brownies that were gluten and soy free. Her Miami bakery, BunnieCakes, has a slogan Our heart with every cupcake, so naturally the brownies were heart-shaped and decorated with a tiny red candy heart.



Lectures in the Science Village were at capacity, reported Noris Ledesma, curator of tropical fruit. Ledesma expected a handful of people to attend her early talk and was surprised to find the room filled. The rainbow cacao pods that Noris arranged to be on display still amazed everyone with their colors.



And in the Window to the Tropics conservatory, Joshua Levine’s gold cast resin morel mushrooms were attached to the cork tree this morning, adding to the bounty of art already growing luxuriantly in this superb exhibition.

Sunday: more talks, more cooking and more chocolate. Come early and bring your sweet tooth.

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