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Friday, January 20, 2017

Chocolate Festival at Fairchild for the weekend

Indulge in artisanal chocolate and sweet treats at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s 11th Annual International Chocolate Festival. Celebrate Fairchild’s sweetest event throughout 83 acres of tropical paradise with artisan chocolatiers, interactive chocolate making displays, sweet samples, and cooking demonstrations. The three-day festival runs from Friday, January 20 – Sunday, January 22, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm each day.

After sampling delightful treats from dozens of acclaimed 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 learn from horticulturists, scientists, and chefs about the rich and fascinating history of cacao, this year featuring the chocolate harvesting and production methods of Ecuador. 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, or experience the latest fitness craze by joining us at the Allee and Overlook for our Pure Barre Popup Class. 

Wrap up your visit by taking home your very own cacao tree or Oncidium “Sharry Baby” chocolate-scented orchid. 

The International Chocolate Festival is sponsored by United States Department of Agriculture, Pacari, Johnson & Wales University, Kind and Pure Barre.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. 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 www.fairchildgarden.org/chocolate

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