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Everything You Need to Know About the Big Island Chocolate Festival

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All About the Big Island Chocolate Festival

The Kona Cacao Association presents this annual event each year in April! Enthusiasts can admire impressive chocolate sculpture. More importantly, they can treat their sweet tooth to a variety of creatively crafted chocolate treats. Surround yourself with passionate artisans, chefs, chocolatiers, and foodies at this two-day festival!

First Day of the Festival: Demonstrations & Tours

The first day of the festival kicks off the chocolate celebration with an array of events! Maybe you’ll sample unique chocolate and liquor pairings. Perhaps you’ll tour cacao farms and factories. It’s an excellent opportunity to watch a master at their craft and grow your appreciation for all things chocolate.

Second Day of the Festival: The Gala

The Big Island Chocolate Festival Gala is the main event! It takes place on the second day of the festival. It includes unlimited tastings at more than 25 (sweet AND savory) food booths. Additionally, it features unlimited beer, wine, and cocktails, live music, dancing, a silent auction, and more!

Chocolate fondue fountains. Delicate ganache creations. Rich, raspberry-filled truffles. The list of desserts found at the festival goes on and on. Sample locally crafted chocolate bars. Dip a variety of fruits in fresh chocolate. You might even want to try savory options such as a panini made with prosciutto, brie, basil, and chocolate.

Festival Beneficiaries

Every year the festival awards the proceeds to local educational organizations. The beneficiaries use their funds for a variety of projects ranging from developing a cacao farming curriculum for the upcoming school year, enhancing Keiki gardening programs! In the past, the festival awarded beneficiaries such as

  • Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture
  • Kona Dance & Performing Arts
  • Kona Pacific Charter Schools
  • UH Maui College/Culinary Arts Program
  • Waimea Country School

Where to Stay During the Festival

In addition to the Big Island Chocolate Festival, visitors will also find so many amazing things to do and see on the Big Island. Some additional events and attractions to consider for your Big Island itinerary include:

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