August 14-15, 2020
UPDATE: The Festival has been moved from May 1-2 to August 14-15.
The 9th Big Island Chocolate Festival is August 14-15. Proceeds from the 2020 festival, which is sporting a new colorful logo, will benefit seven local nonprofits.
The two-day chocolate extravaganza is headquartered from The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. Indulge in the alluring, rich taste of chocolate—in both its sweet and savory forms—while participating in delicious, fun and informative chocolate-themed activities.
Activities for the eco-tourism festival include guided cacao plantation tours, several agriculture-themed and culinary seminars, plus a college culinary competition—all are open to the public.
The “must-attend” festival gala—featuring savory and sweet food booths, unlimited wine and beer pours, silent auction, dancing, chocolate fountain and more—is 5-9 p.m. Saturday, August 15.
Presented by the Kona Cacao Association (KCA), festival proceeds annually benefit a variety of local non-profits. Last year’s festival awarded $18K to community educational organizations. The 2020 beneficiaries include the culinary programs at Hawaii Community College Palamanui, Hawai‘i Island High Schools and Maui Community College, plus Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture, Friends of the NELHA, Big Island Music & Arts Academy and Kona Dance & Performing Arts.
More than 600 guests attended the two-day festival in 2019, and 2020 is expected to be another sell-out affair. A limited amount of VIP ($129) gala tickets are on sale now; general admission is $89. Also available are three different overnight room packages, including a Two-Night Chocolate Infusion Weekender. All room packages include a pair of tickets to the Saturday evening gala. Details: https://bigislandchocolatefestival.com/tickets/. Support provided by Hawai‘i Tourism through the Community Enrichment Program.
- Website: https://bigislandchocolatefestival.com/
- Venue: Westin Hapuna Beach Hotel
- Address: 62-100 Kaunaʻoa Dr., Waimea, HI, 96743
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