The Big Island Chocolate Festival is presented by the Kona Cacao Association, Inc. The mission and goal of this new association is to promote the cacao industry on the Big Island of Hawai‘i by presenting BICF as an educational and outreach opportunity for local cacao farmers, the hospitality industry and cacao enthusiasts.
The Big Island Chocolate Festival is being held May 1-3, 2014. The Cacao Farm tour will be Thursday May 1st at the Kona Natural Soap Company, all other events will be held at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii on the Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Festival encompasses the farm tour on Thursday, the student competition and two seminars on Friday, then demonstrations and the gala on Saturday. The Gala encompasses a professionally judged taste off competition, unlimited tastings of sweet and savor offerings from 25 chefs/chocolatiers, an all-you-can-eat mole taco bar, live entertainment with the Girls Nite Out Band, wine/beer/Bacardi infused drink tasting and a silent auction. Proceeds from the benefit are currently split between the Kona Pacific Public Charter School and the “Equip the Kitchen” campaign for the new Hawaii Community College-Palamanui.
Tickets for the Gala only, are $75. Tours, seminars/demonstrations are ticketed separately. 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/beer/ and Bacardi signature cocktails. We invite you to take part in the traditional Hawaiian blessing service before the doors open to the public at 5:30. Tickets are $95 and then $100 after April 15th.
Purchase the Chocolate Lovers Package Deal, which includes two nights stay at the Fairmont, two tickets to the Gala, and access to all cacao/chocolate seminars, including an intimate demonstration/tasting with Celebrity Chef Jacques Torres, and the culinary student competition for $1050. Call Julie at 808-854-6769 for more info and payment.
More information about the week's events can be found at www.BigIslandChocolateFestival.com