The 2014 Chocolate Festival in Punta Gorda

Scheduled from May 23-25, 2014, the Chocolate Festival attracts  hundreds of visitors from around Belize as well as overseas to Punta Gorda, Toledo District. This lively festival has helped Toledo shed its worn out image as “the forgotten district” and establish it as one of Belize’s vibrant and growing tourism destinations. It also commemorates the tremendous contribution to development in the south made by the Toledo Cacao Growers’ Association (TCGA) and its hundreds of farmer members.

The three day event is the ultimate getaway for the chocolate lover and foodie who savor decadent (local) chocolate and cacao inspired deserts and dishes of Belize.

Share in the homage of Belize’s Ancient Maya culture, while immersing in this traditional and festive chocolate extravaganza.

Signature Events:

“Wine and Chocolate Night”

Date: Friday, May 23rd, 2014.

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Venue: Garbutts Marine in Punta Gorda Town.

Highlights: delectable chocolate creations by top chocolatiers in Belize; live musical entertainment; socializing with the chocolatiers and more.

“Street Fair”

Date: Saturday, May 24th, 2014.

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Venue: Front Street, Punta Gorda Town.

Highlights: numerous booth displays (cacao and chocolate food and drinks on sale); arts and craft; musical performances and more.

“Lubaantun Finale”

Date: Sunday, May 25th, 2014.

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Venue: Lubaantun Maya site, northwest of Punta Gorda Town.

Highlights: Maya descendants’ reenactments; food and drinks; fun cacao competitions.

Cacao & the Ancient Maya:

Get acquainted with the once “Heartland of the Maya”, Belize.

Did you know that cacao (the raw form of chocolate) was considered gold for this ancient Maya community? The ancient Maya also used cacao (primarily) for trading purposes (currency). Learn more about the traditional techniques that contributes to the rich and distinctive taste of Belizean chocolate products; a palate that is recognizable throughout the world!

Join in the festive occasion and discover how to be a professional or amateur chocolatier, while indulging in one of many signature events held annually in Belize.

See also: Placencia Lobsterfest 2014

Source: Chabil Mar Belize Travel Blog

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