Time: April 4, 2009 from 6pm to 10pm
Location: Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa
Street: 78-128 Ehukai Street
Website or Map: http://www.konachocolatefesti…
Event Type: festival
Created By: Kona Chocolate Festival
Latest Activity: Apr 1, 2009
Dolphin Journey's and Na'alehu Theatre is proud to present this year's Kona Chocolate Festival, a week long celebration of chocolate with Farm Tours, Seminars, Miss Chocolate Pageant, a Kick-off Dinner at Huggos and Wine and Chocolate Pairings at The Mixx Bistro, and a special Sunday brunch at the Sheraton. The highlight of the festival is Saturday's Evening Gala featuring a chocolate taste-off competition with awards in professional and amateur levels, categories include sweet, savory, mole and sculpture. Entries will be judged by world renowned Chef Sam Choy, Chef Vincent Tropepe from New York City, Pastry Chef David Brown, Autumn Martin - Chocolatier for Theo Chocolate, Cathy Smoot Barrett of Kailua Candy Co., and Madelyn Miller - Chocolate Atlas.com and TravelLady.com, as well as by attendees through "people's choice" nominations. Applications are still being accepted for the competition. Also included in the Gala are tastings from the competing chefs, a life-sized chocolate fountain, tastings of wine, champagne and specialty beer, a silent auction, and live music featuring Grammy Award slack-key guitarist Cyril Pahinui and the Salsa Latinos. Cost is: General Adm $40 in adv., $50 at door, VIP Aloha Circle $125. Attendees of the Evening Gala must be at least 21 of age. A portion of the proceeds goes to support Kona's ACF's Chef & Child Program and students of West Hawaii Community College Culinary School. For more information on all seminars and events, to make reservations, to purchase tickets, or to register as a chef or volunteer call 808-328-2255 or go to www.konachocolatefestival.com. Mahalo.