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Belize 2008

This group is for everyone who either went on The Chocolate Lovers Travel Club trip to Belize May 22-29, 2008 or who is interested in learning what went on there through diary entries, photos, and videos.

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The Chocolate Lovers Travel Club trip to Belize, May 2008

The CLTC hosted its inaugural trip at the Cotton Tree Lodge near Punta Gorda in the Toledo District of Belize May 22-29, coinciding with the 2nd Annual Toledo Cacao Festival. 11 people were on the trip including CLTC organizer Holly Stabin and Clay Gordon (me) as the expert guide.

Chocolate-related activities during the trip included attending the kick-off cocktail reception for the Cacao Festival in Punta Gorda town, participating in the main festival activities in Punta Gorda's main square, visiting the cacao farm of Eladio Pop followed by a demonstration of how to make the traditional Mayan "cacao water," a multi-course chocolate-themed dinner, starting fermentation of a batch of beans (through the first two turns), making dark chocolate bean-to-bar, chocolate tastings, and more.

Other activities scheduled for the week included snorkeling, visiting Mayan ruins, visiting the Garifuna village of Barranco (home of singer Andy Palacio), a medicinal plant walk, swimming, kayaking, drinking the great local beer (Belikin) and rum (One Barrel), checking out cocoa and ginger wine, and making new friends.

CLTC members who took the trip will be posting photos in albums as well as videos and linking to them from here, and posting stories (as forum threads) for people to read and respond to.

Discussion Forum

CLTC Pictures of Belize 2008

Started by Holly & Paul Stabin Jun 6, 2008. 0 Replies

Photo Album: Day 1, Friday May 23

Started by Clay Gordon Jun 3, 2008. 0 Replies

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Comment by Rick Wilk on August 24, 2008 at 3:31pm
I am working with the Tumul Kin high school in Blue Creek, Toledo District. I am trying to raise money to buy them the basic machines for making chocolate from the organic cacao they raise at the school. I am looking for technical advice on the best grinders and for someone willing to go instruct in their use for a week or so.

If anyone is interested, please contact me at

Richard Wilk
Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University

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