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Festival of Chocolate
January 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
One event on January 16, 2022 at 10:00 am
This year’s Festival of Chocolate is set to be a two-day celebration of all things chocolate! Taste your way through chocolate confections, decadent desserts and savory bites. Enjoy entertainment, activities, classes and demonstrations. Indulge in chocolate pairings with wine and spirits that will unlock flavors and delight your palate.
Bring your family and friends to explore the Garden and discover one delicious chocolate adventure after another.
The 2022 line-up includes:
Chocolatiers and Decadent Sweets
- Club ChoKolate
- CAO Chocolates
- GoDark Chocolates
- Susi Licious Bake Shop
- Exquisito Chocolates
- Circus Eats
- Key West Sweets
- Garcia Nevett
- Miguel Bode Honey
- Keez Beez Raw Honey
Savory Bites (with a chocolate twist)
- Dutch Magic Enterprises
- Eat Da Bone BBQ
- Brigitte Borja
- M and R Caribbean Conch
The Garden Kitchen
- Chef demonstrations
- Mixology and pairings
- Chocolate inspired classes
Fun for the Kiddos
- Coco’s Chocolate Adventure: Calling all kids and kids at heart: join us on an adventure through the Garden and learn about how chocolate is made. Complete your mission and earn your limited edition Expedition Discovery Chocolate Festival 2022 pin.
- Balloon Artist
- Chocolate Story Time
- Chocolate Orchids
- Cacao plants
Purchase your Chocolate Festival tickets today!
Admission for members is free.
Students (with ID) $15.95
Children (6-17) $11.95
Children (0-5) Free
Join us for Chocolate Inspired Classes!
How to Cook with Chocolate: Sweet Treats and Rescuing Chocolate
Saturday, January 15, 2022
1:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
Whether we’re after a silky, rich ganache to drizzle over cakes, or the delightfully brittle snap of chocolate bark, in this class we will look at how to master cooking with chocolate. Limited attendees: 15 – 20.
Tea and Chocolate with Admari
Saturday, January 15 & Sunday, January 16, 2022
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adrienne Etkin Nascimento of Admari joins us to teach about pairing different strengths of chocolate with teas from all over the Asian continent. Limited attendees: 16 – 20.
Growing Cacao Trees with Lara Farms Nursery
Sunday, January 16, 2022
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Julian Lara of Lara Farms Nursery joins in this special discussion of growing cacao trees. What growing conditions are necessary for Cacao? How are the flowers pollinated? What does it take to grow this sensitive, beautiful tree? Unlimited attendees.
Kids’ Cooking Class: Chocolate Bars!
Sunday, January 16, 2022
A gift for grandparents, a sweet idea for holiday treats, or just good old kitchen fun, we’re making Chocolate Bars! Kids and adults will learn how to choose the right kinds of chocolate for arts and crafts, learn about where chocolate comes from, and everyone will have the chance to get creative with decorating their own chocolate bar!
Cooking with Chocolate: Savory Pairings
Cocoa’s deeply aromatic and deliciously bitter character has been used in cookery for at least 3000 years! In this class, we focus on the savory end of the spectrum, and learn about pairing cocoa with ingredients that work with our individual palates. We’ll make homemade cocoa pasta, and pair it with a selection of notably different kinds of homemade sauces! Limited attendees: 15 – 20.