General Admission-Gala 6-10 pm
Gala tickets are now only available at the door at the Fairmont Orchid for $100
Chocolate Learn and Play Package
Enjoy the Gala evening, the student competition and all the demonstrations/seminars. Student competition is Friday, May 2nd from 10 am-2 pm. Seminars Saturday May 2nd from 10 am-2pm. The evening Gala will be held on May 2nd from 6-10 pm. .
Fast Wine Pass (General Admission)
Skip the wine line! New this year is the Fast Wine Pass, which provides a premium experience of access to the event 30 minutes before general admission, your own wine server providing premium wines and Bacardi cocktails and we invite you to take part in the traditional Hawaiian blessing service before the doors open to the public. Pass lasts from 5:45-9 pm!
Kona Natural Soap Company Farm Tour-9 am-11 am
Tour the Kona Soap Company's five acre working cacao/coffee farm and soap making factory in Keauhou Mauka on Thursday May 1st from 9-11 am. You’ll see how cacao is grown, learn how its cultivated and then used for chocolate. The Kona Soap Company sells its cacao to the nearby Original Hawaiian Chocolate Company and then utilizes the spent roasted cacao casings from the chocolate making company to concoct its famous chocolate soap. Owner Greg Colden will lead guests on a tour of both the farm and factory and discuss how he blends business with sustainability, locally grown products, essential oils and Aloha. We will email you directions after you purchase your tickets.
Jacques Torres Bonbon Tastings and Demo-Fri. May 2
FRIDAY May 2 from 3-4:30 pm - Food Network Star and Chocolatier Jacques Torres will lead a demonstration and tasting of his famous bon bons! He will be preparing:
- Cinnamon Praline bonbons
- PB&J bonbons
- Chocolate Mousse served on Chocolate Cups
Ask questions/get a photo/autograph and taste some amazing chocolate! (NOT part of seminar package) Held on FRIDAY May 2 from 3-4:30 pm
Chocolate Enthusiast Seminars (inc Jacques Torres), Fast Wine Pass, Student competition
It's a Chocolate Fiesta! Watch the Culinary Student Competition and meet and learn from Food Network star Jacques Torres on Friday May 2nd. Then attend all the seminars and demos on Saturday May 3rd from 10 am-2 pm and get into the Gala Fundraising Event early AND enjoy premium beverages all night with our Fast Wine Pass. It's ALL included with this ticket type!
"Selecting Cacao Cultivar for Flavor" Fri. May 2
This seminar is being held on Friday May 2nd 2:30-3:15 pm. This seminar is geared towards farmers and chocolate producers. Ed Seguine will discuss segregation of agronomic and flavor traits in seed-grown cacao, breeding for flavor, and micro fermentation. More info at http://www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com/2014/04/03/cacao-farm-tour-chocolate-demonstrations-seminar-schedule/
Saturday Seminar/Demo Package-All Three!
Get a discount for the Saturday May 3 seminars when you buy all three at once! Learn from Ed Seguine, Greg Colden and Chef Vincent Bourdin about chocolate tasting, value added products and how to make your own chocolate creation. For more info go to www.BigIslandChocolateFestival.com
"Experience Chocolate"-Sat May 3
Saturday May 3 10-11:00 am- "Experience Chocolate" with Ed Seguine
Join one of the foremost chocolate/cacao experts in the world in learning how to taste a variety of nuances of gourmet chocolate from Guittard, Valrhona and Waialua Estates.
"Value Added Products Using Cacao" Sat. May 3
Sat. May 3-11:15 am- 12:15 pm Greg Colden, owner of the Kona Natural Soap Factory, will share how to use cacao in “value added” products for people wishing to learn about how cacao can be used beyond chocolate bars! Great opportunity for small cacao producers, people thinking about planting cacao and other businesses using cacao.
"How To Make Your Own Chocolate Creation"-Sat May 3
Sat. May 3-12:30 - 1:30 pm- Valrhona chef and President of the Asia Pacific Pastry Cup Board, Vincent Bourdin-Chef Bourdin will be creating while teaching during a chocolate dessert cooking demonstration. Come learn how to make your own easy chocolate creation from one of the most respected pastry chefs in the nation and sample it afterwards!