This Saturday February 26th sees the culmination of Hawaii Chocolate Festival at the Dole Cannery Shops in Honolulu. Multiple events have continued throughout the month of February across various Hawaiian locations; however it is this Saturday’s chocolate show piece which should really get the taste buds tingling and spread the word about this exciting new Hawaiian industry. Chocoholics are invited down to Honolulu’s Dole Cannery Shops between 12 noon and 5pm to discover all things chocolaty and locally produced in Hawaii!
Hawaii is the first US state to become a recognized grower of cacao, the key ingredient for chocolate. The festival is a platform to raise worldwide awareness for Hawaii’s new ambassador of Aloha: Hawaiian chocolate! Tickets are priced at $20 in advance (see below) or $25 on the door. For this price, visitors can sample ten locally made chocolates. The chocolate mad day will see established chocolate makers such as Melanie Boudar (Sweet Paradise Chocolates) and Hawaiian Fudge Sauce alongside lesser-known manufacturers such as Madre Chocolate and Hilo Sharks Chocolate! It really is a day to test out your chocolate knowledge and discover something new, and for sure, tasty!
If you still haven’t had your chocolaty fill after the free samples, Ronnie Nasuti of Tiki’s Bar and Grill will be on hand to tempt you with many chocolate delights. Look out for his layered parfait with velvety Hawaiian coffee panna cotta and a silky mousse. This he creates by blending local and imported chocolates, topping the lot with local strawberries and decorative tuille. Expect him to be joined by other top chefs on the day too!
It’s not only about eating everything at the festival though! There will also be a choctastic choice of vendor booths to browse, offering visitors something chocolaty to take away with them, chocolate pearls or chocolate orchids perhaps, to enjoy eating at home instead! Amongst the vendors visitors can expect to find Heaven on Earth's chocolate inspired spa, a Chocolate Garden and Coco Café & Tea House. Meanwhile guest speakers will present talks and discussions whilst educational displays will share information about locally grown cacao and the process of transforming it into delicious Hawaiian chocolate.
Alongside all the eating, informative displays and shopping opportunities, Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre will perform their own interpretations of ‘chocolate fashion’ with a special show, whilst musical entertainment will be provided by Jeff Peterson. The festival acts as a benefit for Halau O Na Pua Kukui hula school, which will also perform at the event. Crowds are expected, so the advice is to come early, indulge, and take part in this exciting new chapter of Hawaiian history, the growth of its chocolate making industry!
When, Where and How?
This Saturday February 26th from 12 noon until 5pm at the Dole Cannery Shops in Honolulu
Advance tickets ($20) from http://hawaiichocolatefestival.eventbrite.com/