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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Indulge your sweet tooth at Chocolate Festival

Satisfy your taste buds and delight in a weekend of sweet treats at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's 10th Annual International Chocolate Festival. Discover a world of chocolate throughout 83 acres of tropical paradise with artisan chocolatiers, interactive chocolate making displays, sweet samples, and cooking demos.

The three-day festival runs from Friday, January 22 - Sunday, January 24, from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.

After sampling delightful treats from dozens of lauded chocolatiers, learn how chocolate is produced from the seeds of the cacao plant (Theobroma cacao), an ancient crop from Central and South America. Take a ChocoWalk and stop by the interactive Living History of Cacao and Chocolate Tent to hear from horticulturists, scientists, and chefs about the rich and fascinating history of cacao, this year featuring the chocolate harvesting and production methods of Colombia. Be sure to visit the Rainforest and Tropical Fruit Pavilion to see how real cacao pods grow on trees. For ultimate relaxation, get pampered at the one-of-a-kind ChocoSpa.

Wrap up your visit by taking home your very own cacao tree or chocolate-scented orchid.

The International Chocolate Festival is sponsored by CocoaVia, Federacion Nacional de Cacaoteros, and Whole Foods Market.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Admission to the festival is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. Eco-discounts and military discounts are available.

For more info, please call 305-667-1651 or visit fairchildgarden.org/chocolate.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, and Orchid Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more.

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