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Big Island Chocolate Festival in Hawaii a Sweet Getaway

March 16, 2015 by

Chocolate Festival

The Big Island Chocolate Festival in Hawaii will be held for the fourth year on May 8-9 at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii.

This festival is a chocolate lover’s dream come true and the perfect event to indulge in the alluring, rich taste of chocolate in its sweet and savory forms while you take part in a variety of informative chocolate-themed activities.

You can select what activities you want by the ticket you purchase.

Big Island Chocolate Festival

Choose from 4 Kinds of Tickets

Tickets to the Big Island Chocolate Festival are limited so buy the ticket of your choice soon. The four ticket options include:

General admission tickets: Cost $75 and include live entertainment, all-you-can-enjoy tasting from more than 23 savory and sweet chocolate stations, beer/wine, and a silent auction with more than 130 gifts.

VIP tickets: Cost a little more at $100 but get you in the door 30 minutes early and provides a designated place to sit in the VIP area where you can enjoy special wine and first access to 23 chef tables.

Chocolate Package-Gala ticket/All Demonstrations: Gala tickets cost $140. Gala guests enjoy the festivities including the student competition and all the demonstrations/seminars. Seminars run on Friday May 8, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The student competition is held Sat. May 9 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and the evening Gala will be held on Sat. May 9, from 5:30-9 p.m.

Kokoleka Lani Cacao Farm Tour: This ticket costs $25 for a tour of Kokoleka Lani, a five-acre working cacao/coffee farm and soap-making factory in Keauhou Mauka on Sat., May 9, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Big Island Chocolate Festival

Chocolate and mango

Culinary Stations

The culinary stations at the festival will be competing for awards in a variety of categories and judged by a panel of celebrity chefs. Those attending will have the opportunity to vote by casting a ballot for the People’s Choice Award.

Wines, Handcrafted Ales, and More

Along with chocolate sculptures, chocolate body painting, live entertainment, dancing and a silent auction the Festival will have fine wines and handcrafted ales on tap.

While this festival provides an event chocolate lovers look forward to, it’s more than chocolate decadence. This festival also inspires students and professional chefs while encouraging island cacao farmers and chocolatiers.

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