Wednesday, January 18, 2017



Media contact: Maureen Tan
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392

Learn all about chocolate at Fairchild’s International Chocolate Festival

Coral Gables, FL, January 9, 2017 – Indulge in artisanal chocolate and sweet treats at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s 11th Annual International Chocolate Festival. Celebrate Fairchild’s sweetest event throughout 83 acres of tropical paradise with artisan chocolatiers, interactive chocolate making displays, sweet samples, and cooking demonstrations. The three-day festival runs from Friday, January 20 – Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


After sampling delightful treats from dozens of acclaimed chocolatiers, learn how chocolate is produced from the seeds of the cacao plant (Theobroma cacao), an ancient crop from Central and South America. Take a ChocoWalk and stop by the interactive Living History of Cacao and Chocolate Tent to learn from horticulturists, scientists, and chefs about the rich and fascinating history of cacao, this year featuring the chocolate harvesting and production methods of Ecuador. Be sure to visit the Rainforest and Tropical Fruit Pavilion to see how real cacao pods grow on trees. For ultimate relaxation, get pampered at the one-of-a-kind ChocoSpa, or experience the latest fitness craze by joining us at the Allee and Overlook for our Pure Barre Popup Class.


Wrap up your visit by taking home your very own cacao tree or Oncidium “Sharry Baby” chocolate-scented orchid.


The International Chocolate Festival is sponsored by United States Department of Agriculture, Pacari, Johnson & Wales University, Kind and Pure Barre.


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 info, please call 305-667-1651 or visit


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.






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