Chocolate Festival continues for one more day
We checked out the 9th Annual Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Gardens this weekend. Today, Sunday is the final day of the weekend fest. There was no rain, but it did look like snow. But it was warm enough that we had ice cream and frozen hot chocolate from the many vendors and food trucks serving up chocolate and non-chocolate things - like gyros, tacos, cakes, etc.
The Dale Chihuly exhibit is till in all around the gardens, so that's a plus while visiting for the Chocolate Festival. Chihuly is there until May 31, 2015.
There's a lot of sampling and plenty of chocolate presentations on cooking with chocolate, making chocolate and the origins of chocolate.
Our Coconut Grove friends Solar Dogs were performing and Sunday, our friend Ronnie Brooks is there with the BG Ramblers, so it's an all-Grove music venue this weekend. The band play right at the area where the food is, so you can sit at one of the many tables and enjoy.
Of course the star is chocolate and while there are some samples, it's not an event where you sample everything in site, the samples are few and far between; you buy the items you like, and there's plenty to like.
Cupcakes, cakes, a chocolate fountain, frozen hot chocolate and dark and milk chocolate bars are all part of the the fun.
The Sunday lecture schedule is:
11:00 a.m. Lecture by Richard Campbell, Ph.D., FairchildScience Village ClassroomCacao's
Struggle to Survive: Why We Should Care
12:00 p.m. Lecture by Osman Ariel Gutierrez, Ph.D., USDA-ARS
Science Village Classroom
The Genetic Background and Morphological Characterization of Cacao Genotypes from Plantations in Tabasco, Mexico
The hours are 9:30 am to 4:30 pm each day. Tickets are $25 for adults, no charge for Fairchild Members. You may buy tickets at the entrance or here online.
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road.
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