Big Island Chocolate Festival
Friday June 8 6:00-10:00 pm
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Think BIG at the inaugural Big Island Chocolate Festival, Friday, June 8 at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Executive Chef James Babian and Pastry Chef Linda Rodriguez of Four Seasons are leading a selection of hand-picked pastry chefs, confectioners and chocolatiers to offer an evening of chocolate decadence and savory bites.
The evening gala will held from 6 p.m-10 p.m. Enjoy a live and silent auction, gourmet savory and sweet appetizers, wine, Kona Brewery beer, Island Cuvee sparkling wine, music by Cyril Pahinui and Salsa Latinos, plus dancing.
Attendance to the delectable gala is limited to 450. Ticket prices are $75 per person.
The chocolate tours are separate ticketed events from the gala. Tours are $12, with 50% of the ticket price being donated to the charities hosting the live and silent auctions. More information about the “Bean to Bar” tours can be found at Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory at www.ohcf.us.
Another opportunity to enjoy even more gourmet chocolate is with the prix fixe chocolate-themed dinner prior to the gala that Chef Jim Babian will create at Pahu i‘a. More information about reservations for this specialty dinner can be found on the Chocolate Festival website.
The Big Island Chocolate Festival and the educational outreach it provides is supported by grants from the County of Hawaii Research and Development Department and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Other supporters include Dolphin Journeys, Hawaii Life Real Estate, Guittard and Qzina Specialty Foods.
Big Island Chocolate Festival: The 2012 Big Island Chocolate Festival is presented by the newly formed Kona Cacao Association, Inc. The mission and goal of this association is to promote the cacao industry on the Big Island of Hawaii by presenting the BICF as an educational and outreach opportunity for local cacao farmers, the hospitality industry and cacao enthusiasts. For more information about the event please email Info@BigIslandChocolateFestival.com.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu
Kona Cacao Association
The mission and goal of the Kona Cacao Association is to promote the cacao industry on the Big Island of Hawaii by presenting the Big Island Chocolate Festival as an educational and outreach opportunity for local cacao farmers, the hospitality industry and cacao enthusiasts.