The Big Island Chocolate Festival goes off on the weekend of April 26-27.

After opening with a tour at Kona’s Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, the festival continues for two days at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort.

Agricultural seminars on growing and processing cacao, a college culinary competition and a Tequila & Chocolate Pairing are Friday.

Saturday begins with culinary demonstrations by off-island chefs on how to use chocolate.

The Saturday night fundraising gala has the theme “Black and White.”

Everything is open to the public. 

Description of Gala-The Main Activity

Over 25 chefs and chocolatiers tempt attendees with chocolate creations while vying for the best in a host of categories: savory, plated dessert, bon bon, bean-to-bar, Hawaiian cacao, People’s Choice and decorated culinary booth.

Activities include music and dancing, silent auction, wine and cocktails. 

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