11th Annual International Chocolate Festival

11th Annual International Chocolate Festival

When: Friday, January 20, 2017 9:30 AM to Sunday, January 22, 2017 4:30 PM

Add to Calendar 1/20/2017 9:30:00 AM 1/22/2017 4:30:00 PM 11th Annual International Chocolate Festival Indulge in chocolate delicacies during the season's most delicious event: The International Chocolate Festival! Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making and demonstrations from Miami's master chefs and chocolatiers! Take our ChocoWalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in our Rainforest and more. Find out everything you ever needed to know about chocolate from the experts.  Fairchild Tropical Botanics Gardens contactus@fairchildgarden.org MM/DD/YYYY axDaZzWwrzTRZGFqimyP24857

The International Chocolate Festival: Celebrating 11 years of being South Florida's most delicious event!

Indulge in chocolate delicacies during the season's most delicious event: The International Chocolate Festival! Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making and demonstrations from Miami's master chefs and chocolatiers! Take our ChocoWalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in our Rainforest and more. Find out everything you ever needed to know about chocolate from the experts.

View this year's full program. 

View video and photos of past International Chocolate Festivals to see what makes this event so decadent.

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Admission Pricing

Free for Fairchild Members
Adults: $25
Seniors (age 65 and up): $18
Children (ages 6-17): $12
Free for children 5 and younger

Buy Tickets for the Chocolate Festival Now

Join today and save on the ticket price! 

Become a Fairchild Member now to enjoy free admission to the Chocolate Festival and so many other benefits!

Become a Fairchild Member Now 

Convert your admission toward a Fairchild Membership during the event

We're sure you'll enjoy your the Chocolate Festival and your visit to the Garden, so we've made it easy for you to apply the price of your admission toward a membership on the day of your visit. Any of our friendly admission personnel can assist you during your visit. Click here to learn about becoming a member.

What to Do All Weekend!

Saturday January 21

        Lectures - Corbin A Classroom

         10:30 a.m. - Follow Cacao's Journey at Fairchild, Dr. Noris Ledesma, Fairchild  

11:30 a.m. -  Hacienda Victoria - Ecuador, Ing. Andres Guzman, Hacienda Victoria Ecuador 

12:30 p.m. - Identifying the Best Chocolates in the World, Where to Find Them & How to Taste Them, Dr. Maricel Presilla, Cucharamama 

1:30 p.m. - Cacao Diseases: Important Threats to Chocolate Production Worldwide, Dr. Alina Campbell, USDA -  Agricultural Research Service 

2:30 p.m. - Genetic Diversity of Cacao in Honduras, Dr. Osman Gutierrez, USDA - Agricultural Research Service

Pure Barre Popup Class - Allee and Overlook 

10:30 a.m. - bring your own mat and water and experience the latest fitness craze, Pure Barre! 

Cooking Demonstrations - Cycad Vista Tent 

12:00 p.m. - Chef Mariana Cortez, Bunny Cakes 

1:30 p.m. - Chef Jackie Gadala, SuperFuzion  

3:00 p.m. - Chef Tracey Knight, Skinny South  

Sunday January 22 

       Lectures - Corbin A Classroom 

10:30 a.m. - Challenges Growing Cacao in South Florida, Dr. Richard Campbell, Fairchild 

11:30 a.m. - Title Coming Soon, Santiago Peralta, Pacari Chocolates 

12:30 p.m. - Making Chocolate Like the Maya: An Interactive, Hands-On Cacao  
Artisanal 
Chocolate Experience for Children and Curious Adults, Dr. Marcicel
Presilla, Cucharamama 

Cooking Demonstrations - Cycad Vista Tent 

12:00 p.m. - Chef Allen Susser, Chef Allen's Catering 

3:00 p.m. - Chef Chris Bulgarin, Delicious Catering 

The ChocoWalk Passport Expedition: A Delicious Journey

Get ready to go on a delicious expedition! Get your ChocoWalk Passport stamped while exploring the Garden from the Rainforest to the Tropical Fruit Pavilion, to the Cacao Route Tent, and learn all about the fruit of the gods! Be sure to visit all of the stops along the ChocoWalk to collect all stamps and to enjoy exciting information about chocolate and to participate in fun interactive activities!

Rainforest: Where does cacao grow? Look at the cacao trees and learn all about the cacao plant i its natural environment!

Tropical Fruit Pavilion: Learn about the harvesting process of cacao!

Cacao Route at the KidWay Tent: Create your own chocolate label!

All About Chocolate: The Living History of Cacao and Chocolate from Ecuador at the Cycad Circle Tent 

Visit our newest chocolate experience for 2017. From the seed to the chocolate bar and everywhere in-between. Pacari, a chocolate company, will demonstrate how to produce fine chocolate from the legendary Arriba Nacional cacao from Ecuador. A must-see for adults and children alike, the living history of cacao is not to be missed.

Cacao and Chocolate Orchid Sales: Take home your very own cacao tree and making chocolate in your own kitchen! Or grab a Oncidium "Sharry Baby" chocolate scented orchid!

Wings of the Tropics 

Visit Clinton Family Conservatory featuring the the Wings of the Tropics exhibit to enjoy thousands of exotic butterflies along with hummingbirds, fish and some of the world most beautiful rare plants. You will see the famous Blue Morpho butterflies, Bamboo Page butterflies, Leopard Lacewing butterflies and hummingbird hovering overhead. There are butterfly releases twice daily, where kids of all ages will have a chance to experience these winged wonders up close.

There's plenty to eat during the Chocolate Festival!

Chocolatiers and Chocolate Vendors in the Garden House

What's a chocolate festival without plenty of chocolatiers? Be sure to visit the Garden House to stock up on all of the delicious chocolate treats. Remember: chocolate is actually good for you! Be sure to get your ChocoFacts in the Garden House!

Chocolate Vendors
Cacao Art Chocolates, Cao Chocolates, Chocolate Moonshine, Circus Eats, Exquisito Chocolates, Grate MadeleineIn Your Face Delights, Key West Confections, Miami is Kind Foundation, Inc., Oliver Kita Chocolates, Pacari Chocolate, Romanicos ChocolateWendy's Chocolates

Food on the Garden House Lawn

From paella to barbecue, Greek gyros to delicious Caribbean style eats, there's something for everyone! And keep an eye out for those special chocolate-infused flavors. 

Food Vendors
Casa Paella, Cinnamon Horn Rolls, CrepeMaker, Dutch Magic Enterprises, Eat Da Bone BBQ,  Forno Italiano Pizza CateringGaby's Farm Ice Cream, Gerbaud Bakery, Greek Food & Latin Food, Karts of All Kinds, M & R Caribbean Conch, Victoria's Flavors

Food Trucks at the Cycad Circle

Dolci Peccati Gelato

There's plenty to do at the Chocolate Festival!

Garden Marketplace Near the South Florida Butterfly Garden

Stop by our Garden Marketplace and stock up on chocolate treats, honey, candles, lamps made of natural materials and more!

Garden Marketplace Vendors
A Touch of Ecuador, Almotti, Bee My Honey, BirdsSquirrelsN.com, Candles by Fatima, Crushable Seagrass HatsDecoSusi, Demca Demonstration, Fossil Lamps, Gloria Janell, Gringa Flan, Karen's Kreations, Keez Beez Raw Honey, Kind Bar, Lakonia Greek Products, Me and a Tree, Princess Crowns, Susi Licious, World Spicery

ChocoSpa at the Phillips Courtyard

There's no better way to relax than with a chocolate scented massage. Be sure to stop at our ChocoSpa for this special experience.

ChocoSpa Vendors
Mobile Spa Events, Origins Skincare

Lectures and Cooking Demonstrations 

The Chocolate Festival is an exciting three-day, jammed packed event featuring world-renowned lecturers and cooking demonstrations. And, there are plenty of fun, interactive lectures and demonstrations for kids and families!

ChocoKids: Fun for the Whole Family! 

Admission Pricing

The Chocolate Festival is included with the price of admission to the Garden. 

Free for Fairchild Members
Adults: $25
Seniors (age 65 and up): $18
Children (ages 6-17): $12
Free for children 5 and younger

Buy Tickets for the Chocolate Festival Now

Join today and save on the ticket price! 

Become a Fairchild Member now to enjoy free admission to the Chocolate Festival and so many other benefits!

Become a Fairchild Member Now 

Convert Your Admission toward a Fairchild Membership

We're sure you'll enjoy your the Chocolate Festival and your visit to the Garden, so we've made it easy for you to apply the price of your admission toward a membership on the day of your visit. Any of our friendly admission personnel can assist you during your visit. Click here to learn about becoming a member.

Press and Media Inquiry 

Official press release announcing the Chocolate Festival.

Please contact Maureen Tan, Public Relations Manager at 305.667.1651, ext. 3392 or mtan@fairchildgarden.org.

Check out our press room

Travel Information

The Chocolate Festival is located in Coral Gables, FL, about 10 miles south of Miami International Airport, detailed driving directions can be found here. Nearby hotels include Hampton Inn DadelandHotel Indigo (call hotel for discounted rate and shuttle service offered to FTBG guests)Sonesta Coconut GroveThe Biltmore Hotel, and the Miami Marriott Dadeland

Connect with Fairchild

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Note: To ensure the safety of our guests, there will be no tram tours during this event.






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