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Big Island Chocolate Festival seeks Maui participants
March 17, 2014 - Carla Tracy
Organizers of the Big Island Chocolate Festival are looking for participants from all islands to share prized dishes at the event's gala on Saturday, May 3 at The Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Coast of Hawai'i. Last year's event sold out and more than 500 attendees are expected at this year's third annual weekend.
Chefs and confectioners may enter the free culinary competition, vying in a variety of categories, plus people's choice. The Food Network’s "Mr. Chocolate" Jacques Torrres will fly in from the Big Apple to lead the team of celebrity judges, including Vincent Bourdin of Valrhona, Stanton Ho of Amoretti and Donald Wressell of Guittard.
The two-day chocolate fest opens Friday, May 2 with farm/factory tours and continues with a cookoff between students from Hawaii, Maui and Oahu. Hands-on seminars and demos will be May 3 at The Fairmont Orchid, followed by a gala in the Fairmont's Grand Ballroom.
Also on tap will be fine wines and handcrafted ales, chocolate sculptures, live entertainment, dancing and a silent auction. Presented by the Kona Cacao Association (KCA), event proceeds benefit the $150,000 "Equip the Kitchens" campaign for culinary students. Discounted festival room rates that include daily breakfast for two are available for $269 per night.
Interested in participating? Or just want to come and eat chocolate? Find out more at Big Island Chocolate Festival or call (808) 324-6100.
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A Big Island Chocolate Festival attendee enjoys the Cocoa Outlet's chocolate fountain.