Fairchild’s International Chocolate Festival Adds Coffee and Tea Element!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

For Immediate Release


Fairchild’s International Chocolate Festival Adds Coffee and Tea Element!

 Coral Gables, FL, January 15, 2009—Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is excited to announce that the International Chocolate Festival, featuring Coffee and Tea, will take place for three days this year on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 22-24, 2010! The International Chocolate Festival is bigger and better than ever and in its fourth year after a whopping 12,000 attendees flocked to Fairchild for last year’s festival.

 For three days visitors will be immersed in the wonderful and diverse world of chocolate, coffee and tea—from chocolate treats to tree sales, delicious cups of coffee and soothing cups of tea, cooking demonstrations to kid’s activities, a chocolate spa and more. So come get a taste of chocolates, coffee, tea and more from around the world and join in on the celebration of that divine tropical plant, Theobroma cacao, the source of chocolate!

 Here are some of the festival highlights and a schedule of events:

Chocolate displays and products: Buy and taste your way around the garden house with every variety of chocolate imaginable from various chocolatiers from around the nation.

  • Chocolate Cake and Cupcake Decorating Contest
  • Coffee and Tea Tastings
  • Cooking demonstrations all day, every day
  • Plant sales: Try your hand at growing your very own cacao tree, enjoy the dreamy chocolate smell of a Sharry Baby orchid or buy some chocolate mint for your home garden
  • Kids activities: Chocolate crafts, a chocolate scavenger hunt and many other fun things for kids to do
  • Music: From the haunting sounds of the Andean mountains to African drumming, enjoy the world of chocolate through music
  • Food: From Mexican mole to chocolate crepes, enjoy your favorites on the lawn.  Step back into time at the House of Chocolate where you‘ll be served a variety of hot chocolates, bon bons and sumptuous chocolate treats
  • ChocoSpa: mini-massages and facials as well as a variety of cacao beauty products
  • Tropical Fruit Pavilion:  Follow the coffee process, from bean to brew all weekend long

 About the Chocolate Festival

The International Chocolate Festival is a must attend event in South Florida! The Festival it is in its fourth year with over 12,000 visitors attending last year. This year, the Festival will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 22, 23 & 24, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, 33156. Admission is $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org.

 About Fairchild

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 Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Middle East. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses palm and cycad collections that are nationally 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 52,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Chocolate Festival, International Mango Festival and International Orchid Festival, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 45,000 members and benefactors. Fairchild hosts major art events such as Yayoi Kusama at Fairchild this year, Mark di Suvero, Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly and Kris Martin at Fairchild in 2008, Botero, Lichtenstein and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2007 and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2005 and 2006. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156, just a thirty minute drive from South Beach. 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 us at www.fairchildgarden.org and on Facebook and Twitter.


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