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Second annual Big Island Chocolate Festival moves to The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i

March 19, 2013 - Carla Tracy

It’s sensual, sweet and a known mood enhancer. It lowers blood pressure, has antioxidants, and inhibits LDL or bad cholesterol. We’re talking about chocolate.

Saturday on the Big island, you may feast on rich, creamy chocolate to your heart’s content at the second annual Big Island Chocolate Festival (BICF) at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i.

“The highlight of the decidedly decadent festival is the colorful and tasty 5:30 to 10 p.m. gala with tempting sweet and savory chocolate creations prepared by top island chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners,” says event publicist Fern Gavelek.

“Savor a friendly culinary competition where you can vote for People’s Choice in a host of categories including mouth-watering bonbons. Also enjoy live entertainment by LT Smooth; dancing; fine wines and hand-crafted ales; plus a silent auction.”

“We are delighted to be the host hotel for the second annual Big Island Chocolate Festival,” adds Executive Chef Hubert Des Marais. “To be a part of such a wonderful event in partnership with the Kona Cacao Association is an honor and a privilege, not to mention the delicious culinary creations from Hawai‘i Island’s best chefs.”

Other chocolatey fun includes daytime cacao farm tours and compelling educational demonstrations by chocolatiers and cacao farmers. Learn about what it takes to grow the bean that makes chocolate—and why Hawai‘i is the only state that commercially grows cacao—plus how to turn cacao, or cocoa, into the coveted “food of the gods.”

A veritable Who’s Who of chocolate—both locally and nationally— has been invited to serve as celebrity culinary judges and educational presenters. Last year’s inaugural event headlined “Mr. Chocolate” Jacques Torres of New York City.

Presale tickets are $75, then $85 at the door. Tickets will also be available at Kona Wine Market and Kona Pacific Public Charter School. For event details and online tickets, visit

A special event rate of $309/night for Garden View accommodations including daily breakfast for two is offered at The Fairmont Orchid. Contact reservations for details at (808) 885-2000 or (800) 845-9905 and mention “Big Island Chocolate Festival.”

Presented by the Kona Cacao Association, Inc., the festival is an educational and outreach opportunity for local cacao farmers, the hospitality industry and cacao enthusiasts.

For information, visit Big Island Chocolate Festival Website.


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