Grenada Chocolate Festival: the Ultimate Guide

I was invited to Grenada Chocolate Festival as a guest of Grenada Tourism Authority and as such, my expenses were met by the tourism board.  This post may contain affiliate links and if you place a booking through one of these links, I will receive a modest commission fee.

When Grenada Tourism Authority invited me to Grenada Chocolate Festival, I jumped at the opportunity – I felt like Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, when he unwraps his chocolate bar and discovers a shiny golden ticket inviting him to visit Willy Wonka’s factory.

Home to all three kinds of cacao bean (forastero, trinitario and criollo), Grenada is the perfect destination for a chocolate festival. Originally founded in 1996 by Mexican native, Magdalena Fielden (who originally came to the island to run True Blue Bay Resort), the festival celebrates the tree-to-bar chocolate production that Grenada has become so well-known for.

Taking place from 11th-19th May 2018, this year’s festival offered a varied range of chocolate-themed activities and events, from chocolate tasting, chocolate-inspired menus and chocolate-making workshops, to chocolate yoga, chocolate beer and chocolate self-care rituals. 

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Tree-to-bar chocolate production in Grenada

Grenada is home to no less than five tree-to-bar cacao farms, and we were lucky enough to visit three of these during our time at Grenada Chocolate Festival. All the chocolate produced by these estates is derived from cocoa grown by local farmers on the very same plantations, which means that they can monitor the flavour of the bean to create high quality, single origin chocolate – a step-up from bean-to-bar chocolate. 

Grenada Chocolate Company

The first ever bean-to-bar chocolatier in Grenada, Grenada Chocolate Company in Hermitage, St. Patrick’s was founded in 1999 by anarchistic American, Mott Green, who emerged from his bamboo hut home deep in the tropical forests of Grenada to fuel his fascination with cocoa tea and ended up meeting his future business partners, Doug Browne and Edmond Brown. Together, they set up a chocolate factory founded on sustainable principles that would benefit the entire community.

The chocolate factory at Grenada Chocolate Company

What made Grenada Chocolate Company so special was that it worked with local cacao farmers to enable them to produce their own tree-to-bar chocolate at a fair price, instead of having to sell beans on to the multinationals for peanuts. Furthermore, the factory employed around 50 locals, all of whom were paid the same wage.

Sadly, Mott passed away in 2013 following a tragic accident, but his legend lives on to this day at Grenada Chocolate Company, where he is clearly very missed and highly respected. Today, Grenada Chocolate Company is still led by Edmond (sadly, Doug passed away in 2008) and it pays 65% more per lb of beans than the local price, attracting business from over 200 acres of local cacao farms.

Profile photo of Edmond Brown from Grenada Chocolate Company

Credit: Grenada Chocolate Festival

As for the chocolate, Grenada Chocolate Company produces a range of bars containing different percentages of cacao, from 60% right up to 100%. Some of the bars are flavoured with the likes of nutmeg and sea salt. The factory also extracts its own cocoa butter from the cacao beans, adding this back into the chocolate to enrich the flavour. If you prefer, you can also create your own box of chocolates from a choice of bonbons.

It wasn’t just chocolate that we got to sample at Grenada Chocolate Company, however. During our visit, we tucked into the national dish of Grenada, oildown, consisting of fish cooked in a jerk pit to produce an irrestibly smoky taste (the dish can also be served with poultry or meat), along with callaloo, dumplings and root vegetables, washed down with a Carib beer and/or white wine.

Today, Grenada Chocolate Company offers factory tours and guided walks to the old plantation house free of charge, but donations are very welcome. Be sure to check out the gift shop while you’re there!

Belmont Estate 

Located in Hermitage, St. Patrick’s, (just a short drive away from Grenada Chocolate Company), Belmont Estate is a fully functioning, family-run 17th century plantation offering guided tours of the tree-to-bar chocolate making process. The techniques used today are still the same as those used  the past 200 years. For example, the farmers still use a cocoa knife (a long bamboo cane with a blade on the end) to harvest the cacao pods from the trees, and carry the beans on a basket on their heads. After harvesting, the beans are weighed into boxes according to batch.

Our interactive tour began with cracking open a cocoa pod to reveal the puply, white cacao beans inside. You can suck the outer layer from the bean and despite having a slightly slimy texture, they do taste pleasantly fruity and subtly sweet.

Opening a cacao pod to reveal the pulpy white cacao beans
The cacao beans are removed from the pod and placed into hot wooden boxes covered with jute sacks and banana leaves to ferment naturally for six to eight days. Throughout this process, they are manually turned between different boxes on three occasions to ensure even fermentation. During high season (November to March), these boxes would be brimming with beans.

Fermenting cacao beans at Belmont Estate

Following this, the beans are transferred to wooden trays sitting in direct sunshine to dry out for a further six to eight days, dependent on weather. The aim is for the moisture content to be reduced from 60% to 7.5%. To ensure the beans are evenly dried out the farmers step onto the trays barefoot and gently slide their feet over the beans, moving them around with their toes to ensure exposure to the air, in a traditional process known as ‘walking the cocoa’. Each tray stands on wheels and can be pushed undercover in the event of rain, or at the end of a day’s work.

Cacao beans drying in the sun - Belmont Estate
Some beans are also dried out on wooden trays in greenhouses, and these need to be turned every half an hour using a rake.

After drying, it’s traditional to ‘polish’ or ‘dance’ the cocoa in two big metal pots, originally used for sugar cane juice. The dry beans are placed into the pot, wet slightly and danced on to give them a shine. The beans will then be sorted up to five times to ensure that only the best beans are used in the chocolate-making process.

From here, the dry beans are roasted in an oven and winnowed to crack the shell and separate the husk from the nib. The nibs are then broken down, and the conching and refining process begins. The chocolate then sets and sits for three months, before being heated and cooled in what is known as ‘tempering’, to create a shiny surface and achieve the desired texture. Once set, the chocolate bars are then hand-wrapped and labelled with a batch number for traceability.

Packaged Belmont Estate chocolate

Belmont Estate produces a wide range of chocolate, including 60% Milk, 60% Pure Grenada (with ginger, mace, nutmeg, cinnamon and cocoa butter), 74% Dark and 74% Sea Salt.

After your tour, pop in to the restaurant to enjoy a traditional Grenadian buffet lunch, followed by an intriguing selection of desserts including cayenne pepper ice cream and pumpkin swiss roll.

Buffet lunch at Belmont Estate

Desserts at Belmont Estate

Oh, and don’t leave until you’ve bought your body weight in chocolate from the gift shop, naturally!

Crayfish Bay Organic Cocoa Farm 

Owned by Kim and Lylette Russell, Crayfish Bay is a 200-year-old organic, tree-to-bar cocoa farm in St. Mark producing chocolate using upcycled equipment developed by Kim for a fraction of the cost of the machinery used by the multi-nationals – who Kim clearly isn’t very fond of.

Kim Russell, Crayfish Bay Organics

The chocolate contains at least 75% cocoa solids and is roasted over charcoal to produce an intriguing smoky flavour. This was actually my favourite of all the tree-to-bar chocolate we sampled while on the island.

The Russells bought the estate in 2007 and after Hurricane Ivan in 2004, they set about repairing the damage and restoring the plantation to its former glory. You can still see signs of Crayfish Bay’s colonial past to this day, including a 200-year-old cast iron bridge that is actually the oldest in Grenada and the second oldest in the Caribbean.

Iron bridge at Crayfish Bay
Like a modern-day Willy Wonka, Kim is an eccentric character who believes employment is a form of slavery and sees himself as the custodian, as opposed to the owner, of his 15 acres of land. In his eyes, he is responsible for everything that depends on his land, “from grass and trees, to cacao and people.” Kim has given “absolute control” of his land to local people to farm on, with the only rule being that they must farm organically. When they farm cacao, Kim gives them the absolute top price for their beans, which is almost double what they can get elsewhere. Whereas most Grenadian farmers will earn around EC$150 per week, but Kim pays his farmers EC$5,000 to 6,000 per week for their beans. In August, the farmers can harvest bananas and take them down to the market and make enough to live off. According to Kim, this co-operative lifestyle serves to help lessen the unjust divide between the rich and the poor.

Cocoa tea

Today, you can visit Crayfish Bay for a guided tour and even stay overnight in The Little House, which can be booked via Air BnB.  Make sure you try the cocoa tea!

West Indies Beer Co.

Local brewery, West Indies Beer Co. hosted a ‘Chocolate at the Brewery’ event during Grenada Chocolate Festival 2018. As we sat in the garden listening to the live band play, we sipped on chocolate beer, which took the form of a bitter stout with subtle chocolate tones. It was a too strong for me, so I stuck to the rather drinkable watermelon cider instead.

Chocolate beer in a jar glass at West Indies Brewery

Street Food Wednesday at True Blue Bay

Every Wednesday, True Blue Bay Resort hosts a popular street food pop-up in Dodgy Dock Restaurant and Bar, attended by a number of local food vendors. For Grenada Chocolate Festival, the event was chocolate-themed and featured everything from chocolate martinis and chocolate coladas, to chocolate cake and chocolate chicken.

Chocolate cake and chocolate martini

Although it didn’t contain chocolate, the mac n’cheese pie deserves a special mention. This was Caribbean comfort food at its finest; macaroni cheese topped with crunchy breadcrumbs, cheese and spices. I’m literally drooling at the thought!

Mac n' cheese pie

House of Chocolate 

You can’t go to Grenada Chocolate Festival (or Grenada at any time of year, for that matter!) without visiting the House of Chocolate in St. George’s, the capital of Grenada.

Chocolate-themed products and chocolate on display at House of Chocolate, Grenada

As the name would suggest, the House of Chocolate is dedicated to chocolate. You can buy chocolate produced by all of Grenada’s five tree-to-bar chocolate producers here, as well as the GDL’s A-MAZIN chocolate creme liqueur (liquid gold, basically), cacao nibs, chocolate-inspired clothing, chocolate skincare products, cocoa butter, chocolate cookbooks and much, much more.

House of Chocolate, Grenada

While visiting the House of Chocolate, we were able to witness a cocoa tea-making demonstration. Made using cocoa balls, cacao nibs, coconut milk, cinnamon and nutmeg, cocoa tea is to Grenada, what English breakfast tea is to Britain. After tasting it for myself, it’s clear to see why it’s so popular!

Cocoa tea

Sunset cruise with chocolate & rum pairing

Savvy Sailing

On our final evening in Grenada, we were treated to a private charter sunset cruise on a traditional wooden sloop affectionately named Savvy, courtesy of Savvy Sailing. In the 1800s, sloops were used for trading goods like cigarettes, rum and spices throughout the Caribbean.

Sunset with a yacht in the distance

Grenada’s sister islands, Carriacou and Petite Martinique became known for building these boats and the captain of Savvy, Danny is himself a boat builder from Petite Martinique, which is also where Savvy was built. The two-hour cruise set sail from Port Louis Marina in St. George’s Harbour and took us around the coastline, before anchoring to enjoy some chill-out time and watch the sunset.

Sunset cruise aboard Savvy in Grenada

L-R: Fran Torrent, Will Torrent, Myself, Jeanne Horak-Druiff (Cooksister.com), Sharon Terenzi (TheChocolateJournalist.com). Credit: Grenada Chocolate Festival

A sunset cruise with Savvy Sailing is actually more affordable than you may think, priced at US$45 per person, with a minimum of six people per booking and a maximum of 16 people on-board per cruise. Private charter costs US$450. To book, please visit Savvy Sailing’s website.

Overhead photo of two boats anchored up and tied together during a sunset cruise with Savvy Sailing, Grenada

Credit: Grenada Chocolate Festival

Tri Island Chocolate 

Sailing with Savvy was enough in itself to make me pinch myself to check I wasn’t dreaming, but we were also lucky enough to enjoy a chocolate and rum pairing session while on-board, with Tri Island Chocolate and Eastern Caribbean Rum.

Tri Island Chocolate
Grenada’s youngest tree-to-bar chocolate producer, Tri Island Chocolate is a small batch production company owned by Aaron Sylvester, who moved to Grenada from London and set up Tri Island Chocolate back in May 2016 after inheriting a cocoa farm from his grandparents.

Aaron Sylvester handing out chocolate on a sunset cruise in Grenada

Credit: Grenada Chocolate Festival

I met several people in Grenada who made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end, and Aaron was one of them. In the space of just two years, he’s already managed to grow his cacao beans, produce chocolate, design and produce packaging, and successfully take his product to market. As far as I’m aware, no other chocolate producer in Grenada has achieved this in such a short space of time.

Rum tasting on board Savvy in Grenada for a sunset cruise

For 2018, Tri island Chocolate is offering a selection of three single origin chocolate bars including 56% dark milk chocolate, 75% dark chocolate with bee pollen inclusion and 80% dark chocolate. For more details, please visit the Tri Island Chocolate website.

Chocolate tasting with Will Torrent 

I honestly couldn’t think of a better way to spend our last day in Grenada, than by chocolate tasting with one of the UK’s leading chocolate and pastry experts, Will Torrent at Mount Edgecombe Plantation, St. Mark. A former sugar cane, spice, coffee and cacao plantation dating back to 1763, Mount Edgecombe is now the site of an intimate five-star boutique resort sleeping up to 16 guests.

Before the chocolate tasting began, we took a guided tour of the old plantation house, wandered through the picturesque landscaped gardens and cooled off in the resort’s two idyllic infinity pools as we admired the unrivalled panoramic views over the Caribbean Sea.

The infinity pools at Mount Edgecombe

Relaxing in the infinity pool at Mount Ed

The chocolate tasting took the form of a cocoa talk by Will, including nine samples of chocolate from Grenada’s five tree-to-bar chocolate producers – Grenada Chocolate Company, Tri Island Chocolate, Jouvay (one of Grenada’s longest-running cacao estates), Crayfish Bay and Belmont Estate – ranging from 60% to 100% cocoa content.

Will Torrent with Magdalena Fielden, Founder of Grenada Chocolate Festival

Will Torrent and Magdalena Fielden, Founder of Grenada Chocolate Festival

Will showed us how to taste chocolate correctly, enabling us to fully appreciate the smell, taste and texture. We placed the chocolate into our mouths without biting into it, then took a deep breath in through our nostrils before pinching our noses, closing our eyes, moving the chocolate around our mouths, and then keeping our eyes closed as we removed our hands from our mouths.

Chocolate tasting in full swing
At this point, Hazel Lee’s ‘Taste With Colour’ chocolate tasting map was invaluable in helping me to distinguish the different tasting notes in the chocolate.

Chocolate tasting map by Hazel Lee

After polishing off all the chocolate, we managed to find some room for a hearty Caribbean lunch of jerk chicken and rice n’peas, followed by a helping of Will’s spiced rum and raisin chocolate brownies.

Jerk chicken, rice n'peas, salad, with the Caribbean sea in the background

To top it all off, we even got to taste the artisan chocolates that Will had produced for the Royal Wedding; ‘Harry’ was a fragrant Earl Grey flavour, while ‘Meghan’ was a classic peanut butter and jelly combination.

Tasting Will Torrent's Royal Wedding chocolates

Where to stay for Grenada Chocolate Festival

There are a number of choices as to where to stay while attending Grenada Chocolate Festival. Here are my top five recommendations to suit all budgets, ranging from the most expensive to the cheapest options – please note that the rates quoted are for the duration of the festival (31 May – 7 June 2019), may be subject to change and may not include taxes.

1) True Blue Bay Resort

As many of the activities included in Grenada Chocolate Festival take place at True Blue Bay Resort, you might wish to stay here in the name of convenience. During Grenada Chocolate Festival 2019, rooms are priced at £180/ US$238.15 per night for single or double occupancy; however, the resort also offers a discounted price for festival attendees, which is normally around 20-30% of the regular room rate.

Click here to book a room at True Blue Bay Resort

Overhead photo of True Blue Bay Boutique Resort

Credit: True Blue Bay Boutique Resort

2) Petite Anse Boutique Hotel

Fancy a room with a view? Make a beeline for Petite Anse Boutique Hotel in Sauteurs, north Grenada. This family-run property is perched on a little cove above the wild, windy Petite Anse beach and has an enormous balcony looking out across the ocean, with excellent views of Grenada’s sister islands, including Carriacou and St. Vincent.

Rum punch with an ocean view

While at Petit Anse, we feasted upon mahi mahi fish that was so tender, it could’ve been mistaken for chicken, in a fruity sauce of pineapple, red onion and and garlic, teamed with fried plantain, nutmeg beans and rice with ginger, peas and peppers. Without doubt, one of my most memorable meals while on the island. The rum punch certainly lived up to its name too.

Mahi mahi fish, nutmeg beans, rice and peas

A one-night stay for two at Petit Anse during Grenada Chocolate Festival costs from £152/ US$200.

Click here to book a room at Petite Anse Boutique Hotel

3) Mount Edgecombe Plantation

Alternatively, you may wish to stay at the aforementioned Mount Edgecombe Plantation, where rooms will be priced from just £114.10 / US$150 per night for single or double occupancy during Grenada Chocolate Festival 2019.

Click here to book a room at Mount Edgecombe Plantation

Mount Edgecombe's infinity pool

4) Blue Horizons Garden Resort

Nestled among lush green landscapes on a sloping hillside just 300 yards from Grand Anse Beach (voted one of the top ten beaches in the world), Blue Horizons Garden Resort is a boutique family-run resort boasting beautiful gardens and stunning views of the surrounding terrain and sparkling Caribbean Sea.

Coffee and juice with a view

We ate breakfast like royalty at Blue Horizons’ La Belle Creole restaurant with the owner’s daughter, Mrs. Kendra Hopkin-Stewart, starting our day with typical continental West Indian dishes like conche souse, Grenadian caviar, saltfish buljol and fried bakes. During Grenada Chocolate Festival 2019, rooms at Blue Horizons start at £105/ $US 138.

Click here to book a room at Blue Horizons Garden Resort

Flatlay of breakfast at Blue Horizons

5) Seabreeze Hotel

If you’d prefer to stay somewhere a little cheaper (think of all the extra chocolate you could bring home with the money you’ll save!) look no further than Seabreeze Hotel at Grand Anse. Decked out in vibrant shades with a small swimming pool at the front, Seabreeze is the perfect base for your Grenadian getaway. All of the sixteen newly renovated rooms feature air conditioning, free WiFi, refrigerators, sinks, microwaves, kettles and toasters. Some rooms also include stoves and ovens. The hotel’s location means that it’s practically sitting on Grand Anse Beach, just a two-minute walk away. Rooms start at just £38/ $50 per night. Read more in my upcoming hotel review.

Click here to book a room at Seabreeze hotel

Seabreeze Grenada

Grenada Chocolate Festival 2019

Next year, Grenada Chocolate Festival will be taking place from 31st May to 7th June – essential dates for any chocoholic’s calendar! Although the schedule is yet to be finalised, you can check out the 2018 itinerary here. Tickets aren’t on sale yet but in 2018, a ‘Cocoa Pass’ including access to the majority of activities during the festival was priced at US$435 with transport, or US$384 without transport. Some activities are free to attend and you can also book activities individually if you prefer.

All of the venues featured within this post are open to the public year-round, so if you’ve already booked to go to Grenada, rest assured that you can still tick them off your chocoholic checklist!

Grenada Chocolate Festival aside, there are countless reasons to visit this beautiful island and I’ve barely scratched the surface in this blog post. However, I will be writing another post about some of the other attractions and restaurants we managed to visit during our five days on the island. Furthermore, I’ll be returning to Grenada in my own time next year to explore everything that the island has to offer, and I literally cannot wait – if I had it my way, I’d never come back!

You can fly to Grenada from London Gatwick with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic and prices currently start from as little as £492 return when you book via Skyscanner. 

A big thank you to Grenada Tourism Authority for inviting me to Grenada! Special mentions go to our wonderful host, Rob Bates; the coolest CEO ever, Patricia Maher and last but by no means least, our amazing driver and guide, Roger Augustine.

What do you think of Grenada Chocolate Festival? What could possibly be more exciting than a chocolate festival in the Caribbean?! Let me know your thoughts in the comment box below – and don’t forget to pin this post for future reference!

Grenada Chocolate Festival celebrates the tree-to-bar chocolate production that Grenada has become so well known for. Discover more. #Grenada #GrenadaChocolateFestival #Chocolate #TreetoBar

Grenada Chocolate Festival celebrates the tree-to-bar chocolate production that Grenada has become so well known for. Discover more. #Grenada #GrenadaChocolateFestival #Chocolate #TreetoBar
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I was invited to Grenada Chocolate Festival as a guest of Grenada Tourism Authority and as such, my expenses were met by the tourism board.  This post may contain affiliate links and if you place a booking through one of these links, I will receive a modest commission fee.

64 Comments

  1. July 26, 2018 / 9:34 pm

    Looks like a fantastic and delicious event. That cake and mac n’ cheese look soooo good!

    • July 27, 2018 / 1:40 pm

      I will have to recreate the mac n’cheese pie at home sometime – it was so amazing! I bet it would be pretty easy and quick to put together too.

  2. July 27, 2018 / 1:13 am

    This is making me hungry!
    Looks like an awesome experience – lovely photos 🙂

    • July 27, 2018 / 1:37 pm

      Thank you Jamie 🙂 I was so lucky to have had you helping me learn how to use my new camera before I went away! I loved Grenada and the Chocolate Festival was really fun. I think you’d love it!

  3. July 27, 2018 / 4:54 am

    Super envious of your trip. I love to learn about chocolate and your pictures were wonderful. Great share.

    • July 27, 2018 / 1:35 pm

      Thank you. Great to hear that you liked my pics – I bought a new camera before going on this trip 🙂

  4. July 27, 2018 / 8:07 am

    You covered so much on your trip, what a wonderful experience. What really appealed to me was your tour of the Belmont Estate. It would be so interesting to see the chocolate making process.Grenada has so much to see and do, I would love to visit the chocolate festival next year

    • July 27, 2018 / 1:38 pm

      We certainly got through a lot during the few days we were on the island! I loved visiting Belmont Estate too, it was fascinating to discover how tree-to-bar chocolate is produced.

  5. July 27, 2018 / 10:47 am

    This is so interesting! You are so lucky to be invited to such a thing, who doesn’t love chocolate! Great read.

    • July 27, 2018 / 1:32 pm

      Tell me about it! I felt incredibly lucky and so blessed to be there. Grenada is a lovely country – the best I have ever visited – and I can’t wait to return next year.

    • July 27, 2018 / 1:30 pm

      Aww, thanks Sally. Glad you enjoyed the read. I think you would love Grenada just as much as I did. As for the chocolate, well, it’s incredible!

  6. Kelly Anthony
    July 27, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    What an amazing trip! Looks like you had a marvelous time. And who wouldn’t want to go to a chocolate festival! Sounds awesome!

    • July 27, 2018 / 1:29 pm

      For sure! I had such a good time. It was the trip of a lifetime!

  7. July 27, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    Wow! This sounds like the trip of a lifetime! I’m sure you learned so much about chocolate – I did from reading your post.

    • July 27, 2018 / 1:39 pm

      It really was. I have always loved the Caribbean and chocolate, so it was like two of my favourite things rolled into one – what more could a girl ask for?!

  8. July 27, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    Now doesn’t that sound like a delicious adventure. From the food, to the facts…to the places to stay. A trip to remember….I would have had to pack an extra pair of stretchy pants to wear!!

    • July 28, 2018 / 11:12 am

      Haha – I definitely came home a few pounds heavier Gloria! I think you’d have a great time in Grenada, especially during Grenada Chocolate Festival.

  9. July 27, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    Kacie it was a pleasure meeting you at the Savoy last year for the annual British Guild of Travel Writers Awards gala dinner in London and more so hosting you on behalf of the Grenada Tourism Authority in Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique. You are a great storyteller and your images are amazing. Look forward to seeing you again soon in Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean.

    • July 28, 2018 / 11:14 am

      Hi Patricia! Thank you so much for leaving a comment, it’s so lovely to hear from you! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed reading my post and that you like my photos too – I worked very hard to improve my photography before this trip, as I really wanted to make the most of it, so that is really fantastic to hear 🙂 I will definitely be coming back to Grenada next year. I’m trying to come for as long as possible, so I’ll see what I can do 🙂 Hope to see you again in the future!

    • July 28, 2018 / 11:02 am

      It really would be worth it even just for the chocolate! Although there is so many other great things to see and do in Grenada too 🙂

  10. July 27, 2018 / 11:23 pm

    This looks like a lot of fun and so many tasty dishes, I wish i lived closer to be able to visit. Thanks for this thorough guide and all the tips!!

    • July 28, 2018 / 11:01 am

      Oh gosh, I wish I lived much closer to Grenada too – I wish I lived in Grenada, actually!

  11. laurasidestreet
    July 28, 2018 / 11:16 am

    Oh wow this trip looks amazing Kacie and such a fantastic experience to see first hand how cocoa is grown, harvested and turned into chocolate and also ALL that amazing food!!

    Laura x

    • July 28, 2018 / 1:57 pm

      I really did have the time of my life! I was fascinated by the tree-to-bar chocolate production process. I loved sampling the different kinds of chocolate from the different cocoa estates, and since I got back, I can’t look at a bar of Cadbury’s in the same way again! The food and drink was phenomenal too. Grenada is my happy place!

  12. Jacqueline Debono
    July 28, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    Chocolate in paradise, what could be more wonderful? Lucky you! I’d love to visit this event!

    • July 28, 2018 / 1:55 pm

      It really was an amazing experience – like a dream come true 🙂

  13. July 28, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    What a trip you had, amazing! One of the things I liked most was how they do things at Crayfish Bay. There should be more generous and kind people in the business world, like Kim and his wife.

    • July 28, 2018 / 1:54 pm

      Me too! I really admired Kim and Lylette’s principles and the way they run the farm is really good for the local community and the people of Grenada. The world definitely needs more people like them.

  14. July 28, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    With an event like this in a setting like that, it feels as if you’ve landed in paradise twice! It wouldn’t take a lot of convincing to get us there!

    • July 28, 2018 / 1:54 pm

      I know exactly what you mean. Grenada is a lovely country at any time of the year, but Grenada Chocolate Festival is the perfect time to visit.

  15. Anisa
    July 28, 2018 / 2:19 pm

    What an amazing event! I have been wanting to visit Grenada, now I know to go during the Chocolate Festival. I just love your photos.

    • July 29, 2018 / 2:51 pm

      It really is a fantastic time to visit! Thank you so much. I bought a new camera before this trip and I’ve been working very hard to get better at photography, so that really is like music to my ears 😀

      • Anisa
        July 29, 2018 / 3:24 pm

        Oh wow. Which camera did you get?

        • July 30, 2018 / 1:12 pm

          I went for the Panasonic Lumix GX800, costs around £349 and then I paid a little extra for my memory card, case and memory card adaptor 🙂

          • Anisa
            July 30, 2018 / 1:24 pm

            That sounds like a great deal

          • July 31, 2018 / 12:15 pm

            Glad you think so Anisa 🙂

  16. Alexis
    July 28, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    Wow, what history and the stories are amazing. I’d love to visit this chocolate festival. Grenada looks gorgeous.

    • July 29, 2018 / 2:50 pm

      Grenada is my favourite of all the countries I’ve ever visited. The Chocolate Festival is the ideal time to visit!

  17. July 28, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    I love seeing that cocoa. It reminds me of my childhood where I use to suck those cocoa beans. This sounds like an amazing festival.

    • July 29, 2018 / 2:44 pm

      Aww, what a fantastic memory Armelle. Whereabouts did you grow up?

  18. July 29, 2018 / 3:28 am

    This has been quite the informative post. I didn’t know that Grenada was famous for their chocolate. This festival looks like fun I want to go next year.

    • July 29, 2018 / 2:44 pm

      Yes, they are so well known for chocolate. Grenada is home to all three kinds of cacao bean and the volcanic soil is so fertile – perfect conditions for cacao to grow in 🙂

  19. July 29, 2018 / 4:58 am

    The Mac n cheese looks fantastic. It reminds me of my grandmothers Mac and cheese. Your post got me craving chocolate but it’s too late to eat it. We are planning a trip to Jamaica but now I want to go to Grenada! I’m going to look into the hotels you mentioned.

    • July 29, 2018 / 2:43 pm

      I honestly would recommend Grenada over Jamaica. I have spent three months in Jamaica and five days in Grenada, and those few days in Grenada far outweighed my time in Jamaica. Let me know if you decide to go, I have loads of tips I can send your way.

  20. July 29, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    Oh wow! I would love to go to this someday! The tour would be super interesting, but obviously tasting all of the chocolate would be what I was really excited about.

    • July 30, 2018 / 1:11 pm

      Definitely. I probably got through my body weight in chocolate during this trip, haha!

  21. July 29, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    I just took a chocolate class in Santa Fe and learned so much including how important sourcing is. I’m pretty excited to learn more, this just might be the thing to do!

    • July 30, 2018 / 1:12 pm

      Oh wow. I love the sound of that chocolate class, I bet it was an interesting experience. I am sure you would benefit greatly from attending Grenada Chocolate Festival 😀

  22. July 29, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    Loved reading this. I’ve read many an account now of this glorious chocolate festival and almost feel as though I’ve experienced it myself.

    • July 30, 2018 / 1:10 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the read! It is a really fascinating experience to attend Grenada Chocolate Festival. I really fell in love with the country as a whole and I’ll be returning to explore more next year 🙂

  23. July 30, 2018 / 3:37 am

    Always wanted to visit Granada. Food looks great. Ice always heard great things about the country.

    • July 30, 2018 / 1:08 pm

      Grenada, not Granada! Granada is in Spain 😉

    • July 31, 2018 / 12:15 pm

      My thoughts exactly Kaz! It was amazing.

  24. Stephanie
    July 31, 2018 / 12:18 am

    This looks like a fabulous event! Now I’m craving sometjing chocolate lol!!

    • July 31, 2018 / 12:15 pm

      It was fabulous. I know what you mean, I was craving chocolate while I was writing this post!

  25. July 31, 2018 / 4:13 am

    Wow! What an event to be a part of and what an absolutely stunning location. So many fabulous workshops to enjoy too. I love hands on learning like that.

    • July 31, 2018 / 12:14 pm

      It was really interesting. I learnt about the tree-to-bar chocolate production process from start to finish and it was fascinating to visit Grenada’s cocoa estates. However, the best bit was getting to taste the chocolate, of course – haha!

  26. July 31, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    What a fantastic experience. The thing I loved the most about reading this post was that behind each of the chocolate producers there was a real story and real people who cared about what they are making

    • August 1, 2018 / 1:46 pm

      Yes, you have hit the nail on the head there 🙂 this is what I enjoyed so much about my time in Grenada.

  27. August 28, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    What an amazing experience and what an awesome blog post. This must have taken you ages to write, you’ve put so much work into this. Your photos really bring it to life, Kacie. Chocolate and the Caribbean…the dream!

    Angharad x

    • August 30, 2018 / 3:10 pm

      Thanks Angharad 🙂 I did spend quite a few hours on this post. Glad you enjoyed the read!

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