Fairchild’s International Chocolate, Coffee and Tea Festival

Monday, January 10, 2011

For Immediate Release


 Fairchild’s International Chocolate, Coffee and Tea Festival

 To Take Place in January

 Coral Gables, FL, January 11, 2011Fairchild Tropical Botanic will hold its International Chocolate Festival, featuring Coffee and Tea, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 21-23, 2011! The International Chocolate Festival is bigger and better than ever and in its fourth year after a whopping 11,000 attendees flocked to Fairchild for last year’s festival.

For three days visitors will be immersed in the wonderful and diverse world of chocolate, coffee and tea—from chocolate treats to tree sales, delicious cups of coffee and soothing cups of tea, cooking demonstrations to fun and educational kid’s activities, and so much more. So come get a taste of chocolates, coffee, tea from around the world and join in on the celebration of that divine tropical plant, Theobroma cacao, the source of chocolate!

 Here is the schedule of the weekend’s events:

Cooking Demonstrations

Friday, January 21

1:30 p.m.  Chef Fabian Di Paolo, La Marea at The Tides South Beach 

Saturday, January 22

11:00 a.m.  Chef Andrea Curto-Randazzo, The Water Club
                      Mini Chocolate Cup Cakes with Chocolate Malted Butter Cream
                      and Crunchy Almond-Bacon Streusel

12:00 p.m.  Chef Andrea Menichetti, Vino e Olio
                     Almond Cannoli with Chocolate Mousse and Grand Marnier Cream
1:30 p.m.    Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith, Michael‘s Genuine Food & Drink
                     Extreme Chocolate Almond Biscotti
                     Milk Chocolate Jellies with Smoked Sugar

3:00 p.m.    Raw cacao demo by Loren Pulitzer, Well Being Coach

Sunday, January 23

11:00 a.m.  Chef Allen Susser, Chef Allen‘s, Chocolate Rum Mousse
                      and Chef‘s Chocolate Chip Cookies
12:00 p.m.  Pastry Chef Crystal Cullison, Nobu
                      Flourless chocolate cake with Cocoa Nib crumble and Stout Cream
1:30 p.m.    Chef Norman Van Aken and co-Chef Justin Van Aken


Saturday, January 22

 10:00 a.m.  The Science of Cacao: The Chocolate Tree is No Longer an
                       Orphan Crop

                       Dr. Juan Carlos Motamayor, USDA-ARS

11:00 a.m.  The Culture of Chocolate: Lessons from the Maya Chocolate Makers
                      of Guatemala

                      Dr. Maricel Presilla

12:00 p.m.  A Journey of Great Taste: An introduction to coffee history
                     Aslin Castrodad, Regional Coffee, Tea and Spice Coordinator
                     Allegro Coffee Company

1:30 p.m.    The Agriculture of Chocolate:  Growing Cacao, Coffee and
                     Chocolate Persimmon in South Florida

                     Dr. Richard J. Campbell, Senior Curator of Tropical Fruit, FTBG

 2:30 p.m.    Chocolate Secrets of the Ancient Maya
                      An Interactive Workshop for Kids of all Ages
                      Dr. Maricel Presilla

3:30 p.m.    The Art and Craft of Chocolate: Making world class chocolate
America (with Chocolate Tasting)
                     Art Pollard, Amano Chocolate Company

Sunday, January 23

11:00 a.m.    The Art and Craft of Chocolate: Making world class chocolate
America (with Chocolate Tasting)
                       Art Pollard, Amano Chocolate Company

12:00 p.m.   Ancient Flavors for Chocolate: Adding Zest to Sweets and Savories
                      with Flowers and Spices.
Cooking demonstration. 
                      Dr. Maricel Presilla

1:00 p.m.     The Culture of Chocolate: The Women of Chocolate in Guatemala
                      Lecture and Tasting
                      Dr. Maricel Presilla

2:00 p.m.     The Art and Craft of Chocolate: Making world class chocolate
America (with Chocolate Tasting)
                     Art Pollard, Amano Chocolate Company

Kids‘ Activities

11:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
Short Chef teaches kids about chocolate, and makes a big healthy fondue recipe with them! 

12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Jeremy Salamon of JeremyCooks will do a healthy chocolate cooking demonstration for kids.

Saturday and Sunday (Time TBD)
Book Reading of Hershey: A Tale of a Curious House Rabbit  by Georgiana G. Hall, an action-filled kids story about a rescued rabbit. 

Come see rescued rabbits and learn from rabbit expert Dana Krempels, Ph. D. of the University of Miami. 


All yoga classes provided free of charge by Rina Yoga

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.    Yoga for Adults
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    Chocokids Yoga
12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.    Chocolate Meditation
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.       Yoga for Adults
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.         Chocokids Yoga

Bike Valet

Green Mobility Network will be here Saturday and Sunday offering their unique bike valet service at the South Gate. Bike and $5! If you walk or ride your bike to Fairchild, you will receive $5 off the admission price for adults and $2 for children. It‘s our way of thanking you for contributing to conservation. 

 About the Chocolate Festival

The International Chocolate Festival is a must attend event in South Florida! The Festival it is in its fifth year with over 12,000 visitors attending last year. This year, the Festival will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 21, 22 & 23, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, 33156. Admission is $25 adults, $18 seniors, $12 children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. Eco-discount: If you ride your bike, walk or use public transportation, receive $5 off for adults and $2 off for children. It‘s Fairchild‘s way of thanking you for contributing to conservation. For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org.

 About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Middle East. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses palm and cycad collections that are nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world’s greatest living collection of palms and cycads; an education program reaching more than 70,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Chocolate Festival, International Mango Festival and International Orchid Festival, the Edible Garden Festival, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 45,000 members and benefactors. Fairchild hosts major art events such as Les Lalanne at Fairchild and Yoko Ono’s Wishing Grove this year, Yayoi Kusama at Fairchild last year, Mark di Suvero, Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly and Kris Martin at Fairchild in 2008, Botero, Lichtenstein and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2007 and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2005 and 2006. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156, just a thirty minute drive from South Beach. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit us at www.fairchildgarden.org and on Facebook and Twitter.

 Media Contact:

Paula Fernández de los Muros                          Kim Bobson

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden                     Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

pfernandez@fairchildgarden.org                        Kbobson@fairchildgarden.org

305-667-1651, ext. 3392                                       305-667-1651, ext 3371