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For clients with a sweet tooth, the Big Island Chocolate Festival (BICF) provides a toothsome excuse for a trip to Hawaii Island. Now in its second year, the decidedly decadent event slated for March 23, 2013, is moving from the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai to a new setting at Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii.
The highlight of the festival is the tasty evening gala featuring tempting chocolate creations prepared by top island chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners. Clients can enjoy a friendly culinary competition, vote for People’s Choice awards, dance to live entertainment, sip fine wines and hand-crafted ales and take part in a silent auction.
Other festival fare includes daytime cacao farm tours and educational demonstrations. Clients can learn about what it takes to grow the bean that makes chocolate, find out why Hawaii is the only state that commercially grows cacao, and get tips on how to turn cacao into the coveted “food of the gods.”
A veritable Who’s Who in the world of chocolate — both locally and nationally — have been invited to serve as celebrity culinary judges and educational presenters. Presiding over last year’s inaugural event was New York City-based chocolatier and master pastry chef Jacques Torres, a.k.a. Mr. Chocolate.
Ticket sales start Jan. 1. Early-bird gala tickets are $60 per person until 100 are sold. After that, presale tickets are $75, then $85 at the door.
Coinciding with the festival, the Fairmont Orchid is running a special rate of $309 per night for garden view accommodations including daily breakfast for two.