International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild

Oliver Kita Chocolates at Fairchild's Chocolate Festival

Satisfy your taste buds and delight in a weekend of sweet treats at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s 10th Annual International Chocolate Festival. Discover a world of chocolate throughout 83 acres complete with artisan chocolatiers, interactive chocolate making displays, sweet samples, and delicious cooking demos. The festival runs from Friday, January 22 – Sunday, January 24, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

After sampling delightful treats from dozens of lauded chocolatiers, learn how chocolate is produced from the seeds of the cacao plant (Theobroma cacao), an ancient crop from Central and South America. Take a ChocoWalk and stop by the interactive Living History of Cacao and Chocolate Tent to hear from horticulturists, scientists, and chefs about the rich and fascinating history of cacao, this year featuring the chocolate harvesting and production methods of Colombia. Be sure to visit the Rainforest and Tropical Fruit Pavilion to see how real cacao pods grow on trees.

Wrap up your visit by taking home your very own cacao tree or chocolate-scented orchid.

The International Chocolate Festival is sponsored by CocoaVia, Federacion Nacional de Cacaoteros, and Whole Foods Market.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. Admission to the festival is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. Eco-discounts and military discounts are available.

For more info, please call 305-667-1651 or visit www.fairchildgarden.org/chocolate.

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