I love chocolate. Chocolate is almost universal. No matter what age you are, where you come from or what you do for a living, the chances are, you’re partial to a bit of chocolate now and then. Some of us are a little too fond of chocolate than we’d like to admit!
If you follow my blog regularly, you’ll know I’m a big chocolate fan. Last year, I flew to Hamburg to visit Chocoversum; a fully-functioning chocolate museum owned by German chocolatier, Hachez, manufacturing the kind of super smooth, silky chocolate made famous by the likes of Lindt. I’m not ashamed to say that I love chocolate so much I’ve actually travelled for it; in fact, I’d do it all over again if I could!
I first heard about Grenada Chocolate Festival last year, and I loved hearing more about it from Pure Grenada at the 2017 British Guild of Travel Writers Gala Dinner at The Savoy, London. Here’s a snap of our table. Don’t we all look glamorous? I definitely pulled the short straw for the most flattering camera angle.
What excites me so much about Grenada Chocolate Festival is that, not only does it involve eating copious amounts of chocolate for a whole nine days(!), but it takes place in the idyllic Island of Spice in the Caribbean.
Home to all three varieties of cocoa bean and the birthplace of ‘tree-to-bar’ chocolate, Grenada is the ideal destination for a chocolate festival. I was lucky enough to taste some Grenadian chocolate for myself, when Pure Grenada kindly gave me some 75% organic chocolate from Crayfish Bay Organics, and some 60% Jouvay Grenada Cocoa Farmers’ chocolate. Although Grenadian chocolate isn’t quite as smooth as chocolate as we know it, it has a delicious tangy, fruity taste; I’m sure I could detect a hint of orange, and perhaps even plum tones. The nutmeg in the Jouvay Chocolate was fairly subtle, while I could easily detect that the Crayfish Bay Organics chocolate was made using charcoal-roasted beans.
Grenada Chocolate Festival: what to expect
Now in its fifth year, Grenada Chocolate Festival champion’s the island’s organic and ethically produced cocoa and chocolate. Journey through cocoa farms and cocoa forests as you discover how Grenada’s ethical ‘tree to bar’ chocolate is made.
This year, Grenada Chocolate Festival is taking place from 11th – 19th May 2018 and judging by the schedule, it’s set to be an unmissable experience for committed chocoholics like myself.
Highlights of the 2018 preliminary programme include a decadent chocolate breakfast, an opportunity to be a cocoa farmer for the day, permaculture cocoa farming, chocolate tasting, a tree-to-bar tour and lunch at Belmont Estate, chocolate-making lessons at Crayfish Bay Organic Estate and Street Food Wednesday, when you can sample authentic Grenadian food from local vendors.
To relax and unwind, take part in some chocolate yoga or pamper yourself in a cocoa spa workshop. Click here to view the full schedule, and for details of discounts available through True Blue Bay Boutique Resort and Mount Cinnamon Hotel.
How much does it cost to attend Grenada Chocolate Festival?
A ‘Cocoa Pass’ allowing access to all events costs US$350 (around £255), excluding food. Currently, it costs from £483 to fly from London Gatwick to St. George’s from 9th – 21st May 2018.
If you’re thinking of attending, visit the Grenada Chocolate Festival website for further information.