Friday, January 9, 2015



Media contact: Brooke LeMaire
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392


Cacao Display at Fairchild’s International Chocolate Festival



Coral Gables, FL, January 9, 2015 – “Cacao” is the word on the tip of everyone’s tongue at the 9th Annual International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Enjoy three days of delicious activities complete with sampling, cooking demos, educational talks, and kids’ events from Friday, January 23 – Sunday, January 25, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


New this year is the “Living History of Cacao and Chocolate” exhibit where visitors can watch the process that turns cacao pods into the chocolate found in delicious desserts. Fairchild’s curators of tropical fruit, chefs, scientists, and chocolatiers will take you through the world of Theobroma cacao and its rich history with an interactive cacao display. Join Dr. Maricel Presilla, author of “The New Taste of Chocolate,” to learn how chocolate is made using traditional Mesoamerican techniques. The flavors of Ecuador will be highlighted with an educational chocolate tasting by Pacari Chocolate.


Ever wondered how chocolate grows? Step into the Tropical Fruit Pavilion and one of the U.S.’s only outdoor tropical rainforest exhibits to see real cacao pods growing on trees collected from Latin America. Be sure to take in the lovely aroma of the chocolate-scented ‘Sharry Baby’ orchids planted throughout the Garden, which are also available for purchase.


The Chocolate Festival wouldn’t be complete without delectable treats. Artisan chocolatiers will dish out samples of their best chocolates available for purchase. Get inspired by chocolate poetry recited by students from W.R. Thomas Middle School before the Saturday cooking demos from celebrated chefs showing recipes for the most delicious chocolate dishes right on time for Valentine’s Day. For guests over 21, the Beer Sampling Garden is the place to discover unique brews that pair well with chocolate.


During the festival and through May 31, 2015, glass art by world-renowned American artist Dale Chihuly will be exhibited throughout all 83 acres as part of the annual Art at Fairchild. Take a walk through the Garden and see the large-scale glass sculptures among tropical plants, in lily pools, and through bright vistas.


The International Chocolate Festival is sponsored by Whole Foods Market, the Mexico Tourism Board, Nestlé Nesquik Miami, and New York Life Insurance Co.


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. Admission to the festival is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. Eco-discounts and military discounts are available.


For more information and a complete schedule, please call 305-667-1651 or visit the International Chocolate Festival webpage.


About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Established in 1938 and comprising 83 acres in Miami, Fla., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, and Orchid Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. For more info, call 305-667-1651 or visit



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